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Lot 65: An Interesting Letter of Smicha by Rabbi Chaim Kitza, Rabbi of Irsa

Auction 53 - Rare and Important Items

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

15 November 2016

Jerusalem, Israel

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Description: An interesting autograph letter of Smicha (ordination) signed by R. Chaim Kitza, Rabbi of Irsa, Hungary. Iyar 1846. Ordination of R. Yehoshua Segal Tauber, Rabbi of Kisk?r?s. "…I have been delighted with our Torah discussion on various topics and enjoyed him immensely, and I know him for several years in which I have discussed many halachic issues… that he is an amazing Torah scholar great in Torah and fear of Heaven, repeatedly reviewed the Talmud and poskim… Although he does not need testimony… however, because now evil people have arisen to distress him and wish to demote him from his honor and high stature…Therefore I have risen to oppose them…I proclaim that he can be 'Yadin Yadin Yoreh Yoreh'…". R. Chaim Kitza (ca. 1770-1850), Rabbi of Albertirsa (Irsa), Hungary, author of Otzar Chaim, son of R. Yitzchak Kitza head of the Beit Din of ?buda (Alt-Ofen). As early as the age of 13, he delivered public discourses in the ?buda Beit Midrash in the presence of his teacher the Maharam Mintz and hundreds of Torah scholars and resolutely and cleverly debated Torah issues. In 1820, after his brother-in-law R. Amram Chassida (Rosenbaum) made Aliya to Eretz Israel, Rabbi Chaim succeeded him as Rabbi of Albertirsa. His son R. Meir Schlesinger- Kitza served as rabbi of several communities and was a household member of R. Moshe David Ashkenazi Rabbi of Tolcsva. The recipient, R. Yehoshua HaLevi Tauber (1818-1884), son of R. Aharon Tauber Rabbi of B?torove Kosihy (B?torkesz), author of Yad Aharon. Disciple of R. Pinchas Leib Frieden Rabbi of Kom?rno and of R. Zvi Hirsh Charif Heller of ?buda (Alt-Ofen). He was ordained by the Chatam Sofer and by leading rabbis of his times and was appointed Rabbi of Kisk?r?s, but harassment by some of the city residents forced him to seek smicha from various rabbis to reinforce his position. Finally, he moved to Nagyt?t?ny. See the book of novellae by Mahari Katz (Jerusalem, 1959), with a picture of this letter of semicha. See enclosed material (and see next item). Leaf, 22 cm. Good condition, minor tears and wear. 13 handwritten lines, signed.

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