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Lot #    21929
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 11:18:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Levayat HaRav HaGaon R. Yaakov Meir
Title (Hebrew)    לוית הרב הגאון ר' יעקב מאיר
Author    [Community - Only Ed. - Unrecorded - Holocaust]
City    [Warsaw Ghetto]
Publication Date    1942
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Small black bordered poster, 270:410 mm., usual age staining, creased and split on folds, edges frayed.
          
Detailed
Description
   An announcement of the funeral for R. Yaakov Meir (1868-1942) which states that the funeral will take place on Wednesday, the first day of Rosh Hodesh Iyar at 2:00 pm. In honor of the deceased all stores are to be closed at the time of the funeral.

R. Yaakov Meir Grodzinski was a Rabbi and a Hebrew scribe. He lived in Minsk and was well-known and was sought after for halakhic rulings as well as for blessings. He was particularly strict about a few things. He forbade the wearing of clothes with certain flaps with the form of a square, which were in style at the time. It seems this would create a garment with four corners, which would then necessitate the wearing of tzitzith. He himself wore rounded flaps, to avoid this problem. But this decision was not widely accepted. He was also very careful to always walk with his gaze downwards so that he would not look at women. Women treated him as if he were a "holy man".

Every Friday before the Sabbath, he would go to where the wagons were parked and hurry the wagon drivers home so that they would be in time for the Sabbath.In terms of the return to Zion, he felt that the final redemption would not come until the Jews were careful about the Mitzva of Tzitzith... He was in the Warsaw Ghetto and died in 1942.

          
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
History:    Checked
Other:    Holocaust
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica
  
Posters:    Checked