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Letter by R. Israel Joshua Trunk of Kutno
כתב מה'ר ישראל יהושע טראנק
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 p., 95:160 mm., light age staining, ink on paper six lines of text in Ashkenazic script, signed, sealed, and dated.
R. Israel Joshua Trunk (1820–1893), was born in Plock, Poland, Trunk soon developed a reputation as a prodigy and great scholar. He served as the rabbi of Szrensk (from 1840), Gabin (from 1847), Warka (from 1850), Poltusk (from 1853), and from 1861 to the end of his life he was rabbi of Kutno and was known throughout the Jewish world as R. Israel Joshua Trunk of Kutno. He was close to Hasidism, especially to the rebbe of Gur, R. Isaac Meir. He joined the Hibbat Zion movement with the initial activity of R. Zevi Hirsch Kalischer, whom he encouraged in his letters. In 1886 R. Trunk visited Erez Israel and encouraged the pioneers who were then experiencing the initial difficulties of settlement. He was among the rabbis who permitted agricultural work during the sabbatical year in Erez Israel. A halakhic authority, only one of his books on halakhah, Yeshu'ot Yisrael (1870), on Shulhan Arukh Hoshen Mishpat, was published during his lifetime. The remainder were published posthumously by his grandson as Yeshu'ot Malko (1927–39), novellae, and Yavin Da'at (1932), on Shulhan Arukh, Yoreh De'ah with responsa.
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