Letter by R. Tzvi Hanokh haKohen Levin, Bedzin 1923 (46424)

כתב מה"ר צבי חנוך הכהן לעווין אב"ד בענדין - Manuscript - Hasidic

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Lot Number: 46424
Title (English): Letter by R. Tzvi Hanokh haKohen Levin
Title (Hebrew): כתב מה"ר צבי חנוך הכהן לעווין אב"ד בענדין
Note: Manuscript - Hasidic
City: Bedzin
Publication Date: 1923
Estimated Price: $3,000.00 USD - $5,000.00 USD


Physical Description

[1] p., 275:208 mm., ink on stationary, creased and rubbed on folds with several small tears.


Detail Description

Letter by R. Tzvi Hanokh b. Pinhaus Yakov haKohen Levin (1870-1935), rabbi of Bendin. He was born in Malenitz into a prestigious Hasidic and rabbinic family. His father was the son of R. Yechiel Fishel, who in turn was the son of R. Hanokh Henokh of Alexander. His mother, R. Teltza, was the daughter of R. Tzvi Hirsch Tomoshover, a close disciple and sexton of the Kotzker Rebbe. He possessed an extremely sharp mind and at a young age was known as an iluy. His father hired many esteemed tutors, R. Tzvi Hanokh excelled and at a young age was already an erudite Talmudic scholar.

At the time of his bar mitzvah, R. Tzvi Hanokh became engaged to the daughter of the Sefat Emet. The wedding was held in Gur, where he settled. He remained in Gur until the outbreak of World War I, when he fled to Warsaw. In 1920, he was invited to become Rav of Bendin. His leadership in Bendin was remarkable in that he managed to unite the various factions of the city. Nevertheless he also led the battle against reform in the city.

R. Tzvi Hanokh was a staunch supporter of Agudat Israel. At its inception, he joined its ranks and participated in its conventions and committees. He was appointed to the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, where he was a principal speaker. He worked intensely to increase its membership among the hasidic and non-hasidic segments of Jewry. He viewed Agudat Israel as a critical project of his generation and when his oldest son, R. Yitzchak Meir Levin, became the organization’s chairman, he gave his sincerest blessing.

His writings were published as Yechahen Pe’er, comprised of novella and homilies to the Pentateuch and the Holidays. Unfortunately, more than 40 volumes of his writings were lost during the Holocaust.

On Shabbos night, 6 Adar Rishon 5695/1935, after the Sabbath meal, he was heard to say, “Ribbono shel Olam, I am ready. If this is Your will, please let it be as You wish.” With these words, his holy soul departed. Thousands assembled for his funeral and he was buried in Bendin. The cemetery stayed untouched by WWII and is still intact.

Two of his sons survived the Holocaust: R. Yitzchak Meir, son-in-law of the Imrei Emes of Gur, and R. Pinchas Yaakov, who was among the founders of the Beth Jacob movement in Erez Israel.


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