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Lot #    8890
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 11:34:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by Rabbi Dr. Joseph Isaacsohn
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר יוסף איזקסון, אב'ד רוטרדם
Author    [Ms.]
City    Rotterdam
Publication Date    1856
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 214:137 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on paper, Ashkenazic script, signed and dated. Initial date line written on a steep angle in observance of Hol ha-Mo'ad.
   R. Joseph Isaacsohn (1815 – 1885) received his Talmudic education and ordination from R. Solomon Michel Struk. His first mariage was to the granddaughter of R. Akiva Eiger, Rivka Kalisher, his second marriage made him the son in law of the Arukh la-Ner, R. Jacob Ettlinger. R. Isaacsohn was appointed Chief Rabbi of Rotterdam in 1850. He put an end to the trend towards reform, and also introduced order and decorum in the synagogue. He was criticized for his failure to learn the Dutch language and for many of his rabbinical decisions, and left his post in 1870. He was member of the orthodox college together with two other Chief Rabbis, who gave an precedent by rejecting the installation of a by them said Reform rabbi Dr. Jacob Frankel, which decision was overruled by the Dutch minister.
   Memorboek pp. 440, 500
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19th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
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