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Lot #    34789
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 10:47:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Amram Blau
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר עמרם בלויא
Author    [Ms.]
City    Jerusalem
Publication Date    1965
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [1] p., 227:168 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on paper, dated, and signed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Receipt for 250 lirot from an anonymous donor by R. Amram Blau (1894–1974), rabbi, leader of the ultra-Orthodox sect Neturei Karta. R. Blau was born in Jerusalem into a noted religious family. He was a leading member of the Agudat Israel youth movement in the early 1930s. R. Blau and some of his colleagues left the movement in 1935 and founded the extreme anti-Zionist Hevrat Hayyim, later to become Neturei Karta. His fierce opposition to Zionism and Agudat Israel, sometimes expressed violently, led on several occasions to his prosecution and imprisonment. His anti-Zionist attitude did not change with the establishment of the State of Israel (1948), which he refused to recognize. R. Blau and his followers rejected the State of Israel on so called "halakhic" grounds, rejecting a state run by secular Jews. In addition, Blau continually denounced the establishment of a Jewish state before the coming of the Messiah as an act of infamy and blasphemy. In 1965, after the death of his first wife, he married a proselyte, Ruth Ben-David, despite the opposition of the ultra-Orthodox bet din and some of his followers.
          
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Israel:    Checked
  
Subject
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Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
  
Kind of Judaica