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Lot #    21621
Auction End Date    10/7/2008 10:59:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Hillel Poisic
Title (Hebrew)    מכתב מה'ר הילל פוסק
Author    [Ms.]
City    Tatrabunar
Publication Date    1934
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 216:130 mm., ink on stationary, light age staining, neat Ashkenazic script, signed and dated.
   R. Hillel b. Elijah Poisic (1881–1953) Rabbi, communal worker, and Torah scholar. He was born in Zlatopol, Ukraine where is father served as Rabbi. In 1899-1921 R. Hillel served as rabbi in Zlatopol and was elected by both the Jewish community and the Ukrainian authorities as a religious rabbi and a formal rabbi. When the pogroms began in Ukraine (in 1920) and the different gangs of thugs, official and unofficial, began perscuting Jews he moved to Romania. After many tribulations of travel till he arrived in 1921 to Bessarabia (east Moldova), where he served one year as rabbi in Markulshty and later on in Tatrabunar, Bessarabia (Akkerman district, Romania-Bessarabia). He was received there as a "Romanian citizen" and as a formal rabbi. He was also a Jewish religions teacher in the governmental high schools. There he began again to be engaged in communal work; he founded charity institutions and distributed the Torah amongst the poor.

In 1925 he organized a group of Jews from his community to acquire land in Bnei Brak through the company "New Palestine" from Kishinev. In 1929 and 1932, with his wife visited Erez Israel, for approximately a year on each trip. In 1935, as the situation in Romania deteriorated and antisemitism was raging, R. Hillel decided to immigrate to Erez Israel. He settled in Tel-Aviv and devoted himself to arrange his works in Torah issues and to complete parts of his works that were lost during his wanderings in Russia.

In 1938 he established an association/office in order to help to free agunot - abandoned wives, whose husbands have disappeared without divorcing them. From 1940-1953 he edited and composed the monthly magazine ha-Posek for Halakha and Aggadah issues, including responses in these issues. He also wrote: Bet Hillel, scholarly collection, in which many rabbis took part. The book was handed to him in his 70 birthday; Divre Hillel (1926) in four parts; Neve Hillel (1952), commentary on the Hoshen Mishpat, the fourth part of Shulhan Arukh; and many articles in contemporary Torah journals.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Romania
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica