Auction 118 Part 2. Seforim, Kabbalah & Chassidut, Manuscripts & Rabbinical letters. Belongings of Tzadikim & Amulets
Dec 17, 2019
Israel
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LOT 59:

Discovery. Archive of Kollel Shomrei HaChomot's "Mishmeret HaTzniut." Jerusalem-Pressburg, 1928-1936

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Discovery. Archive of Kollel Shomrei HaChomot's "Mishmeret HaTzniut." Jerusalem-Pressburg, 1928-1936
Archive from the establishment of the committee for the preservation of modesty and for the strengthening of education in Kollel Shomrei HaChomot's educational institutions, and the Va'ad's correspondence about those who transgressed. Fascinating.
A 1920 proclamation first publicized the establishment of "Va'ad Mishmeret HaDat V'HaTzniut," a committee led by rabbis and activists. The content of the proclamation deals with the breach involving short clothing: "Exposed arms, shoulders and chests." Therefore, they turn to girls and their parents to reverse this trend, and they will not let up on this goal until it is achieved. The poster lists the names of the rabbis responsible for the va'ad's activities, and of the "nesi'im," who are apparently those who carry out its activities. In a poster publicized in Sivan, 1936, in the streets of Jerusalem in the name of the "Va'ad HaRashi L'Mishmeret HaTzniut," the decision to hold "a large public assembly is reported, "following the boundaries of modest clothing being increasingly breached;" so that they have decided, inter alia, to found 'Mishmeret HaTzniut" whose object is to designate representatives in every neighborhood committed to examine each breach in the modesty of the women of the neighborhood. Indeed, several individuals organized themselves to carry out this initiative.
This group, led by Amram Blau, also served in a private capacity within Shomrei HaChomot, to impose the level of "Chareidi-ism" in the families. Members of the kollel turned to the president of the kollel - Rabbi Akiva Sofer, Av Beit Din of Pressburg, about their initiative to establish a committee to oversee the kollel families, to examine the level of modesty and Judaism within each family. Rabbi Sofer authorized this, and they immediately began to track the family members. When they found misconduct within a family, they immediately sent their names to the administrators of the kollel, who in turn stopped their stipends, and they were left without food or sustenance. These sanctions increased, aroused disputes and quarrels, and many turned with a cry for help to the rabbi of Pressburg, about their lives being endangered. The rabbi of Pressburg slowly began to retreat from this initiative, finally cancelling it completely in 1928. This turbulent affair is revealed here for the first time!
Refer to Winner's Hebrew website text for a detailed list of the documents in this lot.
Various sizes and conditions. Overall fine condition.

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