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Lot #    21854
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 10:41:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Card by R. Jacob ha-Levi Lipschitz
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר יעקב הלוי ליפשיץ
Author    [Ms.]
City    Lietuva, Lithuania
Publication Date    1935
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Postcard, light age staining, ink on card, signed and dated.
   R. Jacob ha-Levi Lipschitz (1838–1921), Hebrew writer and opponent of the Haskalah. Born in Vilkomir (Ukmerge), Lithuania, Lipschitz was the secretary, assistant, and representative on public affairs for R. Isaac Elhanan Spektor from 1870 to 1896. He was one of the organizers of the fact-finding mission on the 1881–82 pogroms and persecutions of Russian Jewry which sent reports to the Jewish centers of Western Europe. He wrote sharply-worded articles (usually anonymous) against the Haskalah and its leaders, gradually becoming the leading Orthodox journalist and Orthodoxy's spokesman in its polemics against the religious reforms proposed by the Hebrew writers M.L. Lilienblum and J.L. Gordon. He encouraged the publications of the religious press (e.g., Ha-Levanon, Ha-Kerem, Ha-Peles, Ha-Modi'a), to which he contributed regularly. He issued manifestos and lampoons against the Zionist movement from his office in Kovno ("the Black Office" to his opponents). His books include Divrei Shalom ve-Emet (1884), against the proposal to establish a rabbinical seminary in Russia, and a biography of Spektor (Toledot Yizhak, 1897; also in Yid. as Ge'on Yizhak, 1899). His Orthodox ideology is presented in Sefer Mahazikei ha-Dat (1903). His Zikhron Ya'akov (3 pts., 1924–30), which he wrote during his World War I exile in the Ukraine, contains historical notes and personal memories. It was published after his death by his son Nathan Nata Lipschitz and is an important source for the history of the Jews in Russia during the 19th century.
   B. Dinur, Be-Olam she-Shaka (1958), 86–92; Kressel, Leksikon, 2 (1967), 282–3; Rejzen, Leksikon, 2 (1927), 178–9, EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica