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Letter by R. Elijah Klatzkin
כתב מה'ר אלי' קלצקין
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 p., 268:200 mm., light age staining, ink on paper, signed by the rabbi. Rare - as he was quite ill in his later years he was unable to write, the signature reflects that condition.
R. Elijah b. Naphtali Herz Klatzkin (1852–1932), rabbi and author. R. Klatzkin's father (1823–1894) was rabbi of Ushpol (1851–58), where R. Elijah was born, and later of Schoemberg (Courland). R. Elijah was known in his childhood as the Shklover Illui ("child prodigy of Shklov"). He is said to have mastered the Talmud at the age of 12, and when he was only 23, R. Meir Malbim pronounced him without equal in his generation. He also acquired a profound knowledge of medicine, pharmacology, chemistry, history, geography, and mathematics, and was acquainted with a number of European languages. R. Elijah served as rabbi of several communities, being appointed in 1881 to Bereza Kartuskaya in the province of Grodno, in 1884 to Mariampol in the province of Suwalki, and in 1910 to the famous community of Lublin, whence his title the "Lubliner Rav." In 1928 he settled in Erez Israel where he spent his remaining years. He was an outstanding talmudic authority and queries were directed to him from distant places. He was well known for his tendency to leniency in questions of ritual law. Most famous for his efforts on behalf of agunot, he even proposed a formula that would (in most cases) annul these marriages retroactively. R. Elijah's works are: Even ha-Roshah (1887), Imrei Shefer (1896), Even Pinnah (19302), Devar Eliyahu (1915), Devar Halakhah (1921) and its complement Millu'im (1923), Millu'ei Even (1925), Hibbat ha-Kodesh (1926), and Devarim Ahadim (1929). Also by R. Elijah is a collection of lectures and papers in Russian. Some of his responsa were published in the Sedei Hemed (1896–1911) by Hayyim Hezekiah Medini.
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