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Lot #    16379
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 10:44:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Issac Meir Levin
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר יצחק מאיר לוין
Author    [Ms. - Community]
City    Warsaw
Publication Date    1935
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 283:220 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, typewritten on stationary, signed in ink and dated.
   Letter by R. Issac Meir Levin (1894–1971), leader of the Agudat Israel movement. Born in Gora, Poland, Levin came from a Hasidic family: his maternal grandfather was the Gerer Rabbi, R. Judah Aryeh Leib Alter (Sefat Emet), and his father-in-law was the Gerer Rabbi, R. Abraham Mordecai Alter. He was active in Agudat Israel when it was formed in Poland after World War I. Agudat Israel in Poland was dominated by the Gerer Hasidim, and Levin quickly rose to its leadership. In 1924 he represented his movement on the Warsaw Community Council, and at the Second Great Assembly of Agudat Israel (Vienna, 1929) he was elected to the World Presidium. In 1935 he visited Palestine at the head of a delegation of the Agudat Israel Center in Poland and reorganized the executive there. At the Third Great Assembly (Marienbad, 1937), he was chosen as one of the two deputy presidents of the World Actions Committee.

Levin managed to escape from Poland at the beginning of World War II and in 1940 reached Palestine, where he was active in rescue operations from Nazi-dominated Europe. When the Central Committee of Agudat Israel met in Marienbad (1947), he was put in charge of the Erez Israel branch of the movement. Levin was elected to the First Knesset and was minister of social welfare in the first Israel government. He served in this capacity until 1952, when he resigned during the controversy over some form of national service for women. At the Fourth Great Assembly (Jerusalem, 1954), he was elected president of the World Actions Committee and chairman of the World Executive of Agudat Israel.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
History:    Checked
Other:    Zionism
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica