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Lot #    22091
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 10:03:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Yekutiel Arye Kamelhar
Title (Hebrew)    מכתב מה'ר יקותיאל ארי' קאממעלהאר
Author    [Ms. - Hasidim]
City    Jerusalem
Publication Date    1937
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., plus envelope, 282:220 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on paper, neat Ashkenazic script, signed, stamped, and dated.
   Letter by R. Yekutiel Arye b. Gershon Kamelhar (1871-1937), rabbi, prolific author, and biographer of many Hasidic Admorim. He was born in Kolaczyce, Galicia, and educated in Galicaian houses of learning. At age 10 he was already fluid in Tractate Avodah Zarah with all major commentaries. He studied under R. Abish Harif, later to Zanz where be became the personal assistant of the Shionover Rav.

His writings appeared in every major periodical, where he fought valiantly for Judaism and hasidim. R. Kamelhar was the author of many works including biographies of many Hasidic Admorim. He founded several major European yeshivot, served a brief stint as rabbi in New York's Rzeszov-Kurshin congregation, where his fiery speeches for Torah and Sabbath observance were ridiculed. In 1933 he immigrated to Erez Israel where he passed on and is buried in the Mount of Olives.

The present lot was written to Nehemiah Libovitz in New York, begging him to raise funds on his behalf as he is penniless and ill. He passed on shortly thereafter.

   Wedner v 4, cols 556-564; Rabinowicz, Enc. Hasidim, p. 258
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20th Century:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
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