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Lot #    17078
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 12:38:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter to Jerusalem
Author    [Ms. - Community]
City    Breslau
Publisher    Israelitische Kranken-Verpflegungs-Anstalt
Publication Date    1910
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2] pp., 284:225 mm., typewritten on stationary, light age staining, creased on folds, dated, signed in ink.
   The letter is written on stationery belonging to the Israelitische Kranken-Verpflegungs-Anstalt (Breslau), and seems to be have been sent to the Central Commite Knesseth-Israel in Jerusalem. It seems to be determining where the interest on monies should go and talks about a group of twenty people, ten chosen by the Haham Bashi (the Sephardic Chief Rabbi) and ten by his Ashkenzic counterpart. It particularly mentions R. Samuel Salant. The letter begins by mentioning R. Gedalje Tiktin, who was known for his charitable efforts. (German rabbi; born about 1808; died at Breslau Aug. 8, 1886. Like his father, Solomon Tiktin, whom he succeeded in the rabbinate of Breslau in 1843, Gedaliah was the champion of Orthodox Judaism. The war which had been carried on for years between the Orthodox and Reform parties, headed respectively by Solomon Tiktin and Abraham Geiger, was continued after the former's death. The Reform party endeavored to influence the German government to recognize Geiger as rabbi of Breslau; but, owing to Tiktin's personal merit, King Frederick William IV. confirmed him in office, and, later, even conferred on him the title of "Königlicher Landesrabbiner." It was not until after Geiger's death that Tiktin and Joël, Geiger's successor, came to an understanding in order to maintain peace in the Jewish community of Breslau. Even after his confirmation by the king, Tiktin had not exercised his power with regard to the slaughterers ("shohatim"), but had contented himself with abstaining for several years from eating meat.

Tiktin was known also for his charitable activity during the forty-three years of his rabbinate; and there was hardly any charitable institution of which he was not a member. In 1870 he received the decoration of the Order of the Red Eagle in recognition of services rendered by him to the sick and wounded during the Franco-German war of 1870-71. Special courtesies were paid to him by the German government on account of his weekly visits to the Jewish prisoners.

Tiktin was the author of a pamphlet entitled "Beitrag zur Bearbeitung der von Seiten der Behörde . . . Gerichteten, den Jüdischen Kultus Betreffenden Fragen" (Breslau, 1843)

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20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
History:    Checked
Language:    German
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