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Lot #    24647
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 10:54:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Joseph Elijah Henkin
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר יוסף אלי' הענקין
Author    [Ms. - Women]
City    New York
Publication Date    1957
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 217:140 mm., ink on stationary, light staining, creased on folds, Ashkenazic script, 18 lines of text, signed, receiver stamp with date.
   Addressed to the rabbinate of Haifa regarding a women investor whose partner in Haifa has declared bankruptcy. The letter seeks rabbinical resolution to the aggrieved woman and the financial disaster that she has been dealt. R. Joseph Elijah b. Eliezer Kolonymus Henkin (1881-1973) was born in Klimovichi, Belorussia, where his father was head of the yeshiva. Leaving his native town, he studied for six years at the yeshiva of Slutsk under R. Isser-Zalman Meltzer, who together with R. Baruch Baer Leibowitz and R. Jechiel Michael Epstein ordained him. After serving as rabbi in Kavkazskaya and as head of the yeshiva in Sokolov, R. Henkin emigrated to the United States in 1922 and settled in New York City. In 1925 he was appointed director of Ezras Torah, an organization founded in 1915 by the Union of Orthodox Rabbis to provide assistance to rabbinical scholars in war-torn Europe. Under his direction, Ezras Torah expanded into a general charity distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to thousands of needy persons. Henkin was continually called upon to decide points of Jewish law. He was particularly authoritative on divorce procedure and on laws of Sabbath as they relate to the new technology.
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Other:    Women
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica