Lot 67: Interesting Letter by Rabbi David Deutsch, Author of Ohel David

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November 15, 2016, 5:00 PM GMT
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Description: Autograph letter (6 lines) signed by R. David Deutsch. [Ir Chadash, Nowe Miasto], Kislev 1821. Interesting letter sent in response to R. Yehuda Leib Rabbi of Mak?, Hungary, who sent him Torah thoughts. R. David Deutsch elegantly and delicately evades answering his questions: "…I have received your letter with the Torah thoughts, questions, and my beloved friend, it is not my job to answer all the questions, and I am not like Ben Azai in the Tiberias markets, why should I trouble you and also increase the expenses. Therefore, please forgive me. David Deutsch". On the margins he adds: "Accept my composition and I do not request payment". On the verso is an inscription in his handwriting: "To Mak? - to the Maharil Av Beit Din and Rosh Metivta". R. David Deutsch, Rabbi of Nowe Miasto (Ir Chadash) (1757-1831, Ishim B'Teshuvot Chatam Sofer, p. 113), author of Ohel David. Renowned Torah scholar, disciple of the Nodah B'Yehuda in Prague and of the Maharam Barabi in Pressburg. He served as Rabbi of Jamnitz, Frauenkirchen and Dunajsk? Streda. From 1810 until his death, he served as Rabbi of Nowe Miasto. Some of his Talmudic novellae were printed in his Ohel David books. He exchanged a prolific halachic correspondence with the leading Torah figures of his times, such as the Nodah B'Yehuda, the Chatam Sofer and the author of Yismach Moshe. The Chatam Sofer wrote an approbation on his book: "That tsaddik, holy Jew, genius… I have seen in it (the book) wonderful things…We are privileged to merit his words and his light…his merit should protect us from all harm". The recipient is R. Yehuda Leib (Maharil) Segal of Ksi?? Wielki, who served as Rabbi of Mak? for more than 50 years (died in 1824). One of the eldest rabbis of his times. Disciple of Rabbi Yirmiya of Abaujszanto (santov). In 1770, he was appointed to the Mak? rabbinate by the initiative of the author of the Nodah B'Yehuda and of R. Wolf Boskowitz author of Seder Mishneh. He exchanged halachic correspondence with the Nodah B'Yehuda [see Nodah B'Yehuda responsa, Mahadura Tanina, Yoreh Deah Siman 138]. Headed the battle against the Reform Rabbi Aharon Choriner in the polemic of the kashrut of the Sterlet fish. In his books on the polemic, Aharon Choriner denigrates the ways of the Maharil Segal and his holy pious conduct in public which (allegedly) "are to flatter the folk with his pious conduct" [from the "degradation" of Choriner, we can comprehend the praise of Rabbi Yehuda Leib Segal…]. Leaf, 24 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. Folding marks.
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