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Lot #    9047
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 2:08:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Solomon Zalman Brody
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר שלמה זלמן ברודי
Author    [Ms.]
City    Ungvar (Uzhgorod), Hungary
Publication Date    1913?
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [4] pp., 214:137 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on paper, signed and dated, pp.2-4 are by the Rabbi's wife Ethel.
   Letter to his son.

R. Solomon Zalman b. Israel Brody (1835–1917), rabbi and author. R. Brody, a member of the well-known rabbinical family of that name, was born in Ungvar (Uzhgorod), Hungary. He was a pupil of R. Abraham Samuel Sofer at the Bratislava yeshivah. From 1885 he served as dayyan in his native town. R. Brody became known for his insistence on the strict observance of the law, and in particular took a stand against circumvention of the law of usury. He set out his uncompromising attitude in an essay called "Neshekh ve-Tarbit" (Ha-Maggid, 23 (1879), nos. 34–38), in which he opposed the practice, then customary, of a shetar iska (an agreement between a lender and borrower in connection with an interest-bearing loan applied for trading purposes). Despite his conservative outlook, he took a positive attitude in support of Zionism, to which he devoted an essay, "Derishat Ziyyon" (first published in R. D. Z. Katzburg's Tel Talpiyyot, 12, 1904), and containing some of his homiletical and halakhic novellae. He also wrote a work called Divrei Shelomo ha-Yisre'eli, the manuscript of which was in the possession of his son R. Hayyim, chief rabbi of Prague. R. Brody was the son-in-law of R. Solomon Ganzfried, the author of the Kizzur Shulhan Arukh.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
History:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica