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Lot #    8310
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 11:17:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Judah Gruenwald
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר יודא גרינוואלד, אב'ד סאטמאר
Author    [Ms.]
City    Szatmar (Satu-Mare)
Publication Date    1903
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 289:228 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on stationary, Ashkenazi script, signed and dated.
   R. Judah b. Joshua Falk Gruenwald (1845–1920), was born in Brezova pod Bradlom, and served as rabbi of Szobotisz for seven years, of Bonyhad a further seven years, of Surany for two and a half years, and of Szatmar (Satu-Mare) for 22 years. In Szatmar he founded a large yeshivah which achieved a wide reputation. After his death several of his works were published. The most important of them is the responsa Zikhron Yehudah (Budapest-Satoraljaujhely, 1923–28) in two parts. In part 1 (no. 187) he discusses whether one may associate with Zionists and expresses the fear that through Zionism "an opportunity will be given for us to be attacked and to make us disliked by the gentile countries." Another responsum (no. 200) to R. Joseph Hayyim Sonnenfeld in Jerusalem, dated 1913, on whether it is permitted to associate with the Agudat Israel, was removed from the volume and replaced by a responsum on whether it is permitted to handle food and drink on the Day of Atonement in order to give it to children. Others of his published works are: Shevet mi-Yhudah (2 pts., 1922), on the Pentateuch; Hasdei Avot (1925), on the tractate Avot; Olelot Yehudah, a commentary on Psalms (1927); and She'erit Yehudah (1938), on the Pentateuch.
   S. N. Gottlieb, Oholei Shem (1912), 425; P. Z. Schwartz, Shem ha-Gedolim me-Erez Hagar, 1 (1914), 546 no. 292; A. Stern, Melizei Esh al Hodshei Kislev-Adar (1938), 526–36; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
History:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica