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Lot #    34830
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 11:08:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Av be-Hokhmah
Title (Hebrew)    אב בחכמה
Author    [Women - Halitza] R. Abraham Aaron Yudelovits
City    New York
Publisher    Ari’am Press
Publication Date    1927
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Only edition. 128 pp., quarto 255:190 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original cloth boars, rubbed and split.
          
Detailed
Description
   Only edition of these controversial responsa concerning halizah by R. Abraham Aaron ben Benjamin Bunim. The title page describes Av be-Hokhmah as five practical pesakim (halakhic decisions) on halizah, kelaim, masit madiah, ha-ela’im horah. It is the responsa on halizah that made this work controversial. In that responsum R. Yudelovitz stirred controversy by permitting a widowed woman whose brother-in-law was obliged to perform levirate marriage to appoint an agent in her behalf to offer halizah in Russia. This issue of the agunah continues to have much relevance today in traditional communities, and has led to renewed interest in the writings of R. Yudelovitz. Although immensely popular among Orthodox Jews in New York many rabbis did not attend his funeral because of that responsum.

R. Abraham Aaron Yudelovitz was a famous Talmudic scholar and a preacher who served as a rabbi at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Professor Kimmy Caplan, a noted Jewish historian in Jerusalem, has called him “the most fascinating, brilliant and controversial rabbi of the 20th century.” Born in Novardok, Russia in 1850, R. Yudelovitz was recognized as a child prodigy. After studying under the tutelage of his uncle, he attended the Volozhiner Yeshiva. In 1871, at the age of 21, he published his first sefer, entitled Olim Lemivehon (Page Proofs). This was a compilation of halachic responsa and sermons. He served twenty-six years in Russia and ten years in England. Rav Tzvi Hirsch Orliansky, the Maggid of Skidell, described Yudelovitz’s memorable preaching style as “In 1878, when I was learning in Sokolka, I heard a lot about the Rov of Kuzhnetza-that he is a Torah giant who studied constantly and over and above that, is a wonderful preacher whose mouth produces pearls of wisdom. Erev Shabbos Chazon the word got out that Rav Avrohom Aharon, the Rov of Kuzhnetza, was coming to Sokolka for Shabbos, and the gabba’im of the New Beis Hamidrash (where all the finest scholars and the wealthy men davened) invited him to preach there. By 3 p.m. on Shabbos the new Beis Hamidrash was full, with people standing crowded, waiting for the darshan to begin. (…) His powerful voice and the tune through which he poured out his soul, as well as his lofty ideas and extraordinary explanations of the verses of Eichah-I will never forget as long as I live.” While in Manchester, England, R. Yudelovitz criticized the plan to establish Uganda as a safe haven for Jews though he was an ardent advocate of Zionism. He came to the US around 1908 to serve American Jewry and filled rabbinical charges in Boston, New Haven, Bayonne and New York. He served as the rabbi of the Eldridge Street Synagogue from 1918 until his death. During this time, in 1925, R.Yudelovitz traveled to Washington together with Rav Velvel Margolis to thank President Calvin Coolidge for his “Omaha Tolerance Speech” in which he pointed out the importance of providing youth with a religious education. Additionally, the rabbi asked the president to ease immigration restriction. R. Yudelovitz had five children, four sons, and a daughter. He died on February 3, 1930 in the home of his son in Bayonne, NJ and was buried in the Bayside Cemetery, Brooklyn. Thousand of mourners chocked Eldridge Street to attend his funeral. His great grandson, Barry Yood, has become a docent at the Eldridge Street Synagogue where he symbolizes a living link to the history of the synagogue and the Lower East Side.

          
Paragraph 2    כולל חמשה פסקים הלכה למעשה וסימנם חכמ"ה, ר"ת חליצה, כלאים, מסית מדיח, העלם הוראה. כוננתיו ... אברהם אהרן בהר"ב ז"ל יודעלאוויץ, רב הכולל לאגודת הקהלות דנויארק ומלפנים רב ... דק"ק באסטאן ... ומקודם במאנטשעסטער ... ובקאפוליא ...

כולל תשובות רבנים בדין חליצה על-ידי שליח. עי': בן ציון אייזענשטאדט, אנשי השם בארצות הברית, ספר א, סט.לואיס תרצ"ג, עמ' 39. ועי': סקינדר, משה קלונימוס, שבספרו "תשובה כהלכה", [ניו יורק תרפ"ח], יצא נגד הספר הנוכחי.

          
Reference
Description
   BE alef 2; http://www.eldridgestreet.org/blog/2011/12/eldridge-streets-rabbi-yudelovitch-between-admiration-and-controversy; CD-EPI 0135229
        
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Language:    Hebrew
  
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