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Lot 83: Letter by Rabbi Chaim Ozer to the Chazon Ish

Auction 53 - Rare and Important Items

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

15 November 2016

Jerusalem, Israel

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Description: Autograph letter signed by R. Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky, sent to Bnei Brak to R. Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, author of the Chazon Ish. Vilna, Nissan 1938. The honorary appellations in this letter, written by R. Chaim Ozer - one of the most eminent Torah prodigies and leaders of his generation - to a friend many years his junior, are astounding. Among other things, R. Chaim Ozer sends his good wishes to the Chazon Ish in honor of the upcoming festival of Pesach. He mentions a certain legal matter which concerns his brother [R. Itzele Karelitz?]. At the end of the letter, R. Grodzinsky sends regards and good wishes to the elder brother R. Meir Karelitz and to the entire family of the Chazon Ish. R. Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky (1863-1940), was the leader of the entire Diaspora in his generation. At the age of 11 [!], he began studying in the Volozhin Yeshiva and was a close disciple of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk. At the age of 24, he was appointed rabbi and posek in Vilna. He joined the Chafetz Chaim in bearing the burden of public affairs and for decades, his opinion was supreme in all public issues throughout the entire Diaspora. He was founder and head of Va’ad HaYeshivot and one of the initiators of the worldwide Agudat Yisrael movement as well as one of the heads of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah. R. Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, author of the Chazon Ish (1879-1954), leading halachic scholar and philosopher. Phenomenal Torah giant and concealed tsaddik. In 1911, he published his first book, Chazon Ish, anonymously and hence was called by the name of his book. After World War I, he resided in Vilna. R. Chaim Ozer who detected his true stature consulted him regularly regarding public matters and insisted that he join the public leadership of the Jewish people. Upon the immigration of the Chazon Ish to Eretz Israel in 1933, Rabbi Chaim Ozer referred many issues pertaining to the Torah settlement in Eretz Israel for the Chazon Ish to resolve. He reinforced observance of mitzvoth connected to dwelling in Eretz Israel and was a driving force behind the revival of Torah and Chassidism in our generation. Authored and published the "Chazon Ish" books which were written with extreme toil and deep study on almost all Talmudic treatises. Postcard 10.5X15 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and folding marks.

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