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Letter by R. Joseph Leib Bloch
כתב מה'ר יוסף ליב בלאך, ר'י טעלז
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 pp., 211:130 mm., ink on lined paper, light age staining, neat Ashkenazic script,, dated, and signed.
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).
כתב בחידושי תורה בענין התראת ספק, בתר מעיקרא ובטלו ולא בטלו
D. Katz, Tenu'at ha-Musar, 5 (1962/63), 17–109; EJ
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