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Lot #    14828
Auction End Date    6/13/2006 1:09:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Tobias Geffen
Title (Hebrew)    ' '
Author    [Ms. - Women]
City    Atlanta
Publication Date    1948
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2] pp., 278:215 mm., ligh age staining, ink on stationary, Ashkenazic script, signed and dated.
   Letter regarding the conditions of a divorce in Hebrew and Yiddish by R. Tobias b. Joseph Geffen (18701970), U.S. Orthodox rabbi. Geffen, who was born in Kovno, Lithuania, studied first under Isaac Elhanan Spektor and later at the Slobodka Yeshiva. After holding a rabbinic position in Kovno he went to the U.S. in 1903 and served congregations in New York and Canton, Ohio. In 1910 he was appointed to Congregation Shearith Israel, Atlanta, Georgia, where he remained active until the end of his life. Geffen published an autobiography in Yiddish and several volumes containing sermons, responsa on Jewish law and talmudic dissertations. He was a zealous teacher and an energetic worker for public causes, and these qualities, together with his talmudic scholarship, gave him an authoritative position among Orthodox Jews in the southern U.S. He wrote Lev Joseph (2 parts, St. Louis 1924), homiletics; Karnei haHod (2 parts, St. Louis 1935) novellae and homiletics; Hadrat Joseph (New York 1942) Talmudic pilpul; Nahalat Joseph (1946) Talmudic pilpul; Zikhron beSefer (Atlanta 1940) eulogy; many responsa in periodicals, and several unpublished works in manuscript.
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20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Manuscript Type
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Kind of Judaica