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Wonderful historical letter by Maran the holy Rav the Chakal Yitzchak of Spinka – Before the Holocaust – Important Discoveries
Lengthy, important letter handwritten entirely by Maran the Chakal Yitzchak of Spinka on a letter by his nephew, the holy Rav Rabbi Yosef Meir of Spinka-Jerusalem, with important discoveries about his ties with world leaders, the USA president and the King of England.
An invaluable, most important and rare letter!
On one leaf of the letter, his nephew and disciple, the holy Rav Rabbi Meir Yosef Kahana of Spinka, writes a letter of plea about the terrible situation a year before World War II. The letter begins with an implied reference to 1939 – ‘לסדר לפליטה גדולה’ indicating the entire content of the letter. Rabbi Yosef Meir laments the threat of deportation hanging over his head, due to the Vienna Arbitration that took place in late 1938 and which led Hungary to expand its territory to include the city of Ungvar, where he taught Torah.
‘מי יודע מה ילד יום על כן אבקשו בעיניים מלא דמעות ובפחי נפש שירחם על ששה נפשות, כי הוא ממש סכנת נפשות’ ויעשה לי אות לטובה כי הוא גואל הדם ואין לי אל מי לפנות חוץ ממנו’.
Rabbi Meir writes that he does not know what the day will bring and therefore, tearfully asks his uncle, the Chakal Yitzchak, to write to the King of England for certificates for him and his family to immigrate to the Holy Land or at least, to London.
He mentions his desire to see his uncle, referring to his and his mother’s name, to himself, his wife and their two sons, Rabbi Mordechai David and Rabbi Baruch, the future son-in-law of the holy Rav Rabbi Yankele of Pshevorsk, and two daughters, Mrs. Tzirel, the future wife of the Admor of Hosakov, and Mrs. Chaya Tauba, the future wife of Rabbi Aharon Mordechai Rottner.
The handwritten reply of the Chakal Yitzchak:
In reply, the holy Rav the Chakal Yitzchak handwrites that he would like to help his grandson, yet then describes in detail his ties with King George IV. He recalls that when he was ill, he blessed him and sent him a telegram and also asked him to support his yeshiva; the King, however, did not reply. Eventually, he did receive a telegram from the King, yet before he could respond, the King died and another was crowned. The new king did not know the Chakal Yitzchak. The Chakal Yitzchak suggests that Rabbi Yosef Meir write a letter on his stationery and the Chakal Yitzchak will sign it and send it to the new king, although he does not see much hope in such an appeal. He then offers to write a letter to the USA president with whom he also has ties.
The Chakal Yitzchak reveals that when his followers in the USA asked him to pray for the presidential candidate, he did so and after he was indeed elected, he asked the consulate to thank him for his blessing.
The blessings of Maran the Chakal Yitzchak:
והנני מעתיר בעדו אשר השם יתברך ירומם קרנו ויצילהו מכל צרה וצוקה ויוכל לישב על התורה
ועבודה ברוב נחת והצלחה’. Here the Chakal Yitzchak added his signature: הלא כה דברי דודו הדורש שלום תורתו הרמה המצפה לישועה הק’ יצחק אייזיק’ The Chakal Yitzchak notes in the lines preceding the signature that he himself wrote the letter even before the prayer service of Sunday Vayechi, indicating the urgency of the matter since usually, his Gabai would write his lettersand he would then add his signature. This rare letter, however, was handwritten entirely by him!
Maran the holy Rav Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Spinka author of the Chakal Yitzchak [1875-1944] a leading disciple of his father, the Imrei Yosef. Corresponded with all Gedolei Hador and was a Posek of thousands. In his days, the court of Spinka expanded to include thousands of Chassidim from Romania, Transylvania, Hungary, Ukraine and even Poland. Perished in Auschwitz after refusing to save himself.
The holy Admor Rabbi Yosef Meir Kahana of Spinka Jerusalem [1910-1978]. The son of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch, grandson of the holy Imrei Yosef of Spinka. The son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzchak Tietelbaum of Husakov. After his wedding, he lived for two years in Ungvar, where he established a yeshiva, and served as Rav in the neighboring city of Breznik. Immigrated to Eretz Yisroel and settled in Meah Shearim, where he started serving as Admor and many flocked to his ’tishen’. Was renowned as one of the great Poskim in Halachah in Jerusalem and abroad.
 lined sheet written on both sides, one of them entirely by the holy Rav Rabbi Yosef Meir and the other, by the Chakal Yitzchak and with his signature. Stains and restored aging stains. Some damage to the letter by Rabbi Yosef Meir. The letter by Chakal Yitzchak is almost flawless. Good-very good condition.
Measurement: 15 x 23 CM
Measurement: 15 x 23 CM