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Letter by R. R. Yehezkel Abramsky
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 p., 242:203 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on airletter, neat Ashkenazic script, signed and dated.
R. Yehezkel Abramsky (1886–1976), talmudic scholar, was born in Lithuania. He studied at the yeshivot of Telz, Mir, and Slobodka as well as under R. Hayyim Soloveichik of Brisk. He achieved a reputation as a profound talmudic scholar and active communal worker. During World War I and the Russian Revolution he wandered in Russia and applied himself to learning, lecturing, and strengthening religious life. He was appointed rabbi of Slutsk and Smolensk. In 1928 R. Abramsky and R. S. J. Zevin published Yagdil Torah, a periodical dedicated to strengthening Torah study in the unfavorable conditions of the Soviet Union. In 1930 he was arrested as a “counter-revolutionary.” R. Abramsky was sentenced to hard labor in Siberia, but, after two years, his wife and friends succeeded in obtaining his release. He went to London, where he was appointed rabbi of the Machzike Hadath congregation, and subsequently became dayyan of the London bet din. In London, his strong personality was largely responsible for the influence of traditional Orthodoxy in the official community. He was appointed a member of the Moezet Gedolei ha-Torah of Agudat Israel. In 1951 he retired and took up residence in Jerusalem, where he became a significant figure in the yeshivah world. R. Abramsky wrote Divrei Mamonot (1939) and Erez Yisrael (1945), but his scholarly fame rests on his Hazon Yehezkel, a commentary on the Tosefta, with his novellae (first volume 1925). Several of his responsa were published in London (1937).
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