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Lot #    34808
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 10:57:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Pinhas Hirschprung
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר פנחס הירשפרונג
Author    [Ms.]
City    Montreal
Publication Date    1980?
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [1] p., 257:185 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on stationary, Ashkenazic script, signed, and dated.
          
Detailed
Description
   Letter by R. Pinhas Hirschprung (1912–1998), Canadian rabbi and talmudic scholar. R. Hirschprung was born in Dukla, Poland, and was educated in rabbinic literature by his grandfather, R. Tevel Seman, and at the Yeshivat Hakhmei Lublin, where he gained renown for his remarkable memory in Torah scholarship. He arrived in Montreal in 1941, having escaped the Nazis in a journey which took him through Russia, Japan, and Shanghai. His escape is described in his book Fun Natsishen Yamertal: Zikhroines fun a Palit (1945). In Montreal, he was involved in the affairs of the Rabbinical Council (Va'ad ha-Rabbanim) of the Jewish Community Council of Montreal (Va'ad ha-Ir). In 1969, having served some years as rosh Beth Din, he succeeded R. Joshua Herschorn as president of the Rabbinical Council and was thus widely accepted as Montreal's chief rabbi. In this capacity, R. Hirschprung expanded the Montreal Beth Din's arbitration of personal and business disputes. He also engaged in a campaign to help provide prayer books and other religious articles to Soviet Jewry.

He was internationally known for his grasp of the entire range of talmudic literature and his opinion was sought on numerous halakhic issues in Israel and the Diaspora. He was the head of Montreal's Merkaz ha-Torah, and established Jewish day schools, notably the Beth Jacob School for girls in Montreal, which was named Bais Yaakov d'Rav Hirschprung after his passing.

R. Hirschprung co-edited the rabbinical journal Ohel Torah (1928–32), and contributed many articles to journals of Torah scholarship. He also published a collection of short addresses, Kuntres Penei Shelomo (1967).

          
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20th Century:    Checked
  
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Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
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Kind of Judaica