Letter by R. Yitshak Elhanan Walkin, Antopol 1936 (46438)

כתב מה"ר יצחק אלחנן ב"ר אהרן וואלקין - Manuscript

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Lot Number: 46438
Title (English): Letter by R. Yitshak Elhanan Walkin
Title (Hebrew): כתב מה"ר יצחק אלחנן ב"ר אהרן וואלקין
Note: Manuscript
City: Antopol
Publication Date: 1936
Estimated Price: $500.00 USD - $1,000.00 USD


Physical Description

[1] p., 140:216 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on stationary, signed, and dated.


Detail Description

R. Yitshak Elhanan Walkin was born in 1900 to his father, the luminary R. Aharon Walkin, and his mother, the daughter of R. Ben-Tsiyon Sorotskin.

His unusual abilities were recognized already in his youth. When he was thirteen, he was accepted to the famous rabbinical seminary in Mir (under the leadership of the luminary R. Eliyahu Barukh Kamai and R. Yeruham Libowits). He studied there from 1913 until 1915 and afterwards studied in the rabbinical seminary of Radin. However, he continued to long for the rabbinical seminary of Mir. He endangered his life by crossing the border and reaching Poltavah, the place where it was newly established.

In addition to his devotion to his studies, he was devoted to his friends and helped them in difficult situations, especially at the time of the typhus epidemic. He finally got that also. When he was well, he returned to Lithuania. There he taught for a certain time in the elementary school of Kelm. When the rabbinical seminary of Mir returned to its usual place, he also returned to it.

When R. Mosheh Wulfson died, R. Yitshak Elhanan married his daughter Shifrah and also inherited the rabbinical post in Antopol. He was busy in communal service and was beloved by young and old. When the Second World War broke out and the Bolsheviks entered town, he did part of his work secretly. However, when the Nazis entered, R. Yitshak Elhanan died together with his community.