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Lot #    31058
Auction End Date    7/26/2011 12:49:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Chaim Stein of Telshe
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר חיים שטיין מנהל רוחני ור'מ טעלז
Author    [Ms.]
City    Wickliffe, Ohio
Publication Date    1962
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2] pp., 242:152 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on stationary, signed and dated.
   Letter by R. Chaim Stein, (d. 2011) Rosh Yeshiva of Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland. In October 1940, R. Stein led a group of students who escaped from war-torn Lithuania just as it was overrun by the Nazis, fleeing the country on the Sabbath. Although travel on the Sabbath is prohibited on Jewish law, it is permitted in times of great peril in order to save one's life. R. Stein and the students he accompanied headed via the Trans-Siberian Railroad to the Far East, having acquired visas from the famous Chiune Sugihara, who risked his life to save Jews fleeing the Nazis. Eventually the little group landed in Brisbane, Australia, where the local Jewish community welcomed them warmly.

A few months later, in 1941, R. Stein and most of the other students made their way to the United States and were reunited with their rabbinic mentors. They settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Telshe Yeshiva, which had been a famous Eastern European institute of rabbinical learning, was founded in Lithuania. After World War II, the school relocated to Ohio and officially became the Rabbinical College of Telshe – Telshe Yeshiva. Today it is one of the most prominent rabbinical institutions in the United States.

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20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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Kind of Judaica