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Lot #    12370
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 10:12:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kum Riv et he-Harim
Title (Hebrew)    קום ריב את ההרים
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] R. Chaim Bloch
City    New York
Publication Date    1949
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 112 pp. octavo 152:110 mm., wide maregins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original wrappers, rubbed.
Paragraph 1    With Author's incription on title.
   Disputing a pesak din (halakhic decision) of R. Joseph Elijah Henkin by R. Chaim Bloch, a member of the Agudat ha-Rabanim in the United States. The title page states that it is from the Agudat ha-Rabanim, from the gaon, the righteous, the elderly, R. Moses Judah Weiss, R. Joseph Elijah Henkin (1880-1973), and other correspondence. The verso states that it is issued in remembrance of R. Judah Leib Zirlzon av bet din of Kishnev (d. 11 Tamuz 701 (1941), R. Zevi Ezekiel Michaelson (d. 12 Elul 702 (1942), and R. Menahem Zemba (d. Shabbat Hol ha-Mo’ed Pesah 703 (1943) all Torah giants murdered by the accursed Nazis. The title is from, “Hear now what the Lord said; Arise, contend before the mountains (Kum Riv et he-Harim), and let the hills hear your voice” (Micah 6:1).

R. Joseph Elijah Henkin (1880–1973) was born in Klimovichi, Belorussia, where his father was head of the yeshivah. Leaving his native town, he studied for six years at the yeshivah of Slutsk under R. Isser-Zalman Meltzer, who together with R. Baruch Baer Leibowitz and R. Jechiel Michael Epstein ordained him. After serving as rabbi in Kavkazskaya and as head of the yeshivah in Sokolov, R. Henkin emigrated to the United States in 1922 and settled in New York City. In 1925 he was appointed director of Ezras Torah, an organization founded in 1915 by the Union of Orthodox Rabbis to provide assistance to rabbinical scholars in war-torn Europe. Under his direction, Ezras Torah expanded into a general charity distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to thousands of needy persons. R. Henkin was continually called upon to decide points of Jewish law. He was particularly authoritative on divorce procedure and on laws of Sabbath as they relate to the new technology. His published responsa appear in R. Chaim Bloch's Even me-Kir Tizak (1953) and in his own Perushei Lev Ivra (c. 1925).

Paragraph 2    ממני חיים בלאך, עם תשובה וחוות דעת על פס"ד שיצא מאגודת הרבנים מהגאון ... ר' משה יהודא ווייס שליט"א עם כתב הצהרה מהגאון ... ר' יוסף אלי' הענקין שליט"א ועוד מכתבים ...

"בדבר הטו"ת [הטענות ותביעות] שבין ... ר' חיים בלאך ובין הרב חיים פינקלשטיין, שהסכימו שניהם להדפיס הכת"י, אוצר מאמרי חז"ל' של ר"ח בלאך".

   BE kof 591; EJ; CD-EPI 0112761
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Autographed:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica