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Lot #    24565
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 10:13:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Zevi Chaim Papkin
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר צבי חיים פאפקין, רב דניו בעדפארד
Author    [Ms.]
City    New Bedford, Mass.
Publication Date    1946
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 277:216 mm., light age staining, some creasing, ink on stationary, Ashkenazic script, signed and dated.
   Letter by R. Zevi Chaim Papkin (1879-195?) rabbi, was born in Lida, suburb of Vilna. He was educated in Lithuanian yeshivot and ordained by his rebbe and mentor R. Isaac Jacob Reines (1839–1915). He came to America in 1900 and was appointed rabbi of New Bedford, Mass. where he served for seven years. This was followed by five years in Utica, NY, several years in Burlington, Vermont, and finally returning to New Bedford, Mass.

R. Papkin was an erudite scholar and sought to strengthen religious observance by establishing yeshiva day schools and community study groups. An active member of the Agudat ha-Rabonim ha-Orthodoxim, he campaigned heavily against the tragedies of assimilation in the United States. In a letter dated 1952, he writes to R. Meir Amsel, editor of the rabbinical periodical Hamaor, of his illnesses and inability to continue fighting the Conservative movement which has displaced Orthodoxy in New Bedford, Mass. R. Papkin did not publish his responsa, however, many of his writings appear in period Torah journals and in the works of his contemporaries.

   Eisenstadt, Dorot ha-Ahronim col. 275-277
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica