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Letter by R. Israel Nissan Kuperstock, Mako 1923

כתב מה"ר ישראל ניסן קופרשטאך - Manuscript

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  • Lot Number 53234
  • Title (English) Letter by R. Israel Nissan Kuperstock
  • Title (Hebrew) כתב מה"ר ישראל ניסן קופרשטאך אבד"ק מאקאווא
  • Note Manuscript
  • City Mako, Hungary
  • Publication Date 1923
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2342070
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Physical Description

[4] pp., 205:130 mm., light age staining, ink on stationary, Ashkenazic script, signed and dated.


Detail Description

Letter by R. Israel Nissan Kuperstock (1858-1930) among the elders of the Hasidic rabbis of Poland; in first marriage was son-in-law of R. Reuven Judah (son-in-law of R. Shraga Feivel Danziger Av Beit Din of Gritza and Mako); in second marriage was son-in-law of the Ga'on of Kaloshin, R. Samuel Jacob Kapil haKohen Kligsberg (1858-1935) who was a descendant of the Hozeh of Lublin.

R. Israel Nissan served in the rabbinate for over forty years in Parshischa, Rizan and Makava (Mako). In 1925 immigrated to Jerusalem where he published his book Ani Ben Pachma responsa and established the Alexander Yismach Yisrael Yeshiva. In the preface of his work, Ani Ben Pachma, he explains the name of the book as an acronym of his name and the name of his parents: Yisrael Nissan Ani, son of R. Moshe Aryeh and Chana Pesa. As well, he notes that he is not interested in receiving approbations, "since I do not find them beneficial, aside from the glory and honor which these fancy titles... and I disdain writing words of untruth", he adds that the responsa by the giants of the generation which were printed in this book "are more worthy than approbations" and he presents a list of responses and letters sent to him by giants of his generation: The Avnei Nezer of Sochatshov, the Chelkat Yo'av of Kintsk, the Toraht Chesed of Lublin, the Ga'on of Kutna, the Darchei Teshuva of Mukachevo, and more.

MAKO (Hung. Makó), town in S. Hungary. Jews were first authorized to settle in Mako in 1740. In 1748 they founded a ḥevra kaddisha in the town, and the community was probably organized at that time. A Jewish school was also opened. The first synagogue was erected in 1814, and the magnificent great synagogue was built in 1914. After 1868 the community was split into two factions and in 1870 the Orthodox built a synagogue. There were 158 Jews in Mako in 1773, earning their livelihood mainly from trade, especially in onions which grew abundantly in the surroundings. There were also Jewish craftsmen. From 154 in 1824 the Jewish population increased to 1,200 by 1858. The Jews numbered 1,928 in 1918, 2,380 in 1920, and 1,125 in 1941.