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Lot #    8246
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 10:13:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Jacob Joseph
Title (Hebrew)    ' , ' '
Author    [Ms.]
City    New York
Publication Date    1896
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Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2] pp., 278:221 mm., ink on paper, light age staining, creased on edges and folds, signed and dated.
Paragraph 1    Four lines of text with date and signature by R. Jacob Joseph (18481902), Chief Rabbi of New York.
   Shedar document endorsed by several prominent rabbis in Jerusalem, London, and New York.

Four lines of text with date and signature by R. Jacob Joseph (18481902), Chief Rabbi of New York. R. Jacob Joseph was born in Krozhe, province of Kovno. He studied at the yeshivah of Volozhin under R. Hirsch Leib Berlin and later under R. Israel Salanter, and served the communities of Vilon, Yurburg, and Zhagovy before becoming rabbi and Maggid of Vilna in 1883. Although a brilliant student of Talmud, R. Joseph was especially known for his homiletical talents. In 1888 he arrived in the U.S. to assume the post of chief rabbi of the Orthodox congregations of Russian Jews in New York City. As he was primarily concerned with the taxed supervision of meat kashrut, much opposition was expressed against him from sectors of the Jewish community who rejected this supervision and objected to the imposition of a kosher meat tax. Although an invalid from 1895, R. Joseph founded the Bes Sefer Yeshiva (1900), which was renamed the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva upon his death. His works include the collection of sermons, Le-Veit Ya'akov (1888) and a contribution to the only issue of the publication Sefer Toledot Ya'akov Yosef be-New York (1889). His funeral procession, attended by estimates in tens of thousands of Jews, occasioned a riot as workmen of the R. Hoe & Co. factory on the East Side pelted the procession with nuts and bolts. Many mourners were injured by the assailants and police.

Four lines of text, date, seal, and signature by R. [Hayyim] Sussman Cohen, Rabbi of Manchester for 18 years followed by London for 17 years.

Seven lines of text, signed, and dated by R. Dov Ber Spiers, Dayan in London. R. Spiers was the Author of Divrei Devash (London 1901), containing eighteen ethical sermons delivered to the working classes at the Great Synagogue and other places of worship, and, Talmudic and Medrashic dissertations and Biblical exegesis; Mispad Mar (London 1890) The voice of lamentation, a sermon in memory of the late Chief Rabbi Nathan M. Adler, delivered in the Hambro' Synagogue on the 26th, Shebat 5650 - 16th, Feb. 1890.

Four additional signatures of administrative members of the Bet Moshev Zekeinim u-Zeikeinot in Jerusalem.

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Language:    Hebrew
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