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Lot #    29080
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 11:17:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Joseph Leib Bloch
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר יוסף ליב בלאך, ר'י טעלז
Author    [Ms.]
City    Telsiai (Telz)
Publication Date    1898
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [7] pp., 211:130 mm., ink on lined paper, light age staining, neat Ashkenazic script,, dated, and signed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Letter of novellae by R. Joseph Leib Bloch (1860–1930), Lithuanian yeshivah head. He showed exceptional ability from childhood and at the age of 14 he traveled to Chelm where he studied under R. Eliezer Gordon . He continued his studies with Naphtali Ẓevi Judah *Berlin at Volozhin. After his marriage to the daughter of Eliezer Gordon, he moved to Telz, where he assisted his father-in-law, who had been appointed rabbi and rosh yeshiva. In 1902, after resigning from the yeshiva in protest against the resistance of a number of the students to the study of musar, he was appointed rabbi of Varna, a small village near Telz. He served later as rabbi of Shadova, where he established his own yeshiva. In 1910 Bloch was appointed rabbi of Telz and rosh yeshiva, succeeding his father-in-law. Under his leadership, the yeshiva attracted large numbers of students. In addition to his lectures on halakhah, Bloch also gave talks on musar. He took the unusual step of founding a teachers' seminary, which produced hundreds of educators, and a preparatory school, in which secular studies were taught. Thanks to these auxiliary institutions, the yeshiva of Telz occupied a central position, with an enrollment, at times, of as many as 500 students. Active in communal affairs, Bloch served as a member of the executive of the Association of Lithuanian Rabbis and as one of the leaders of Agudat Israel . Prominent among his sons were Abraham Isaac, who succeeded his father in Telz, and Elijah Meir, who was one of the yeshiva principals. His other sons and sons-in-law also taught in Telz. Bloch's ethical essays were published in Shi'urei Da'at (pt. 1, 1949; pt. 2, 1953; pt. 3, 1956). His halakhic lectures appeared in Shi'ur Halakhah (pt. 1, 1932; pt. 2, 1943; pt. 3, 1958).
          
Paragraph 2    כתב בחידושי תורה בענין התראת ספק, בתר מעיקרא ובטלו ולא בטלו
          
Reference
Description
   D. Katz, Tenu'at ha-Musar, 5 (1962/63), 17–109; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
Novellae:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
  
Kind of Judaica