Lot 75: Letter with Halachic Responsum - By Rabbi Meir Arik
15 November 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Long autograph letter (3 pages) signed by "Meir Arik Av Beit Din of Buchach". Vienna, 1817. Responsum on the laws of selling chametz, and responsum on the possibility of infestation of sauerkraut. Sent to the "outstanding clever avrech" R. Shmuel Meir HaCohen Rabbi in Chernivtsi. The renowned Rabbi Meir Arik (1855-Tishrei 1925), a leading Galicia Torah scholar. Served as Rabbi of Iaslov?? (Jaslowetz), Buchach and Tarn?w. Disciple of Rabbi Ya'akov of Grimaylov and disciple of the Maharsham. From 1885, he served as Rabbi of Iaslov?? succeeding his teacher the Maharsham who moved to Berezhany, and from 1912 Rabbi of Buchach. During WWI he fled to Vienna and studied Torah with his illustrious friend R. Yosef Engel. After the war, he returned to Poland and was appointed Rabbi of Tarn?w. Many Polish Torah scholars were his close disciples, including the renowned Rabbi Meir Shapira of Lublin and the Kozhiglover Rav R. Aryeh Zvi Frumer, the Dzikov Rebbe Yehuda Horwitz, R. Meshulam Roth author of Kol Mevaser, R. Reuven Margaliot and R. Yehoshua Erenberg Rabbi of Tel Aviv. He printed numerous books but most of his manuscripts were lost when he fled to to Vienna during WWI, (at that time five large volumes of his halachic responsa were lost). Some of his works: Sheyarei Tahara on Seder Taharot (Kolomyya, 1890), Minchat Kena'ot on Tractate Sotah (Lemberg, 1894), Minchat Pitim on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah and Even HaEzer (Mukacheve, 1913), Part 2 (Krakow- Tarn?w, 1925). A compilation of the remainder of his manuscripts was printed in the US in 1978 by his nephew in the book Minchat Aharon - Me'irat Einayim. All the responsa in this letter can be found ibid, pp. 154-156, 157-158, from copies the author received from Tel Aviv from the recipient of the letters, Rabbi Hollander. The recipient: R. Shmuel Meir HaCohen Hollander (1889-1965, Encyclopedia L'Chachmei Galicia, Part 2, pp. 96-99), son of R. Natan David Rabbi of Maszana Dolna and son-in-law of R. Shalom Hager of Shtrozshnitz. A great genius and faithful Chassid, he was a disciple of R. Shlomo of Bobov, and close to the rebbes of Belz, Ruzhin, Vishnitz and Sanz. From 1913, he served as Ra'avad of Chernivtsi and after the Holocaust immigrated to Israel where he served as the Rabbi of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood and the Chassidic community in Tel Aviv. He was close to the Tshebin Rebbe, to Rebbe Aharon of Belz and the Chazon Ish. Some of his novellae were printed in the Shem HaCohen responsa and homilies, Maharsham HaCohen on the Torah and many articles.  pages, 21 cm. Fair condition, wear damages with open tears in the center of the leaf and in the folds. Stains.