Bet Din Decrees signed by R. Kapach, Elyashiv, & Azulai, Jerusalem 1954; 55
כתב מה"ר יוסף קאפח, יוסף שלום אלישיב, שלום מ' אזולאי - Ms.
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- Lot Number 53565
- Title (English) Bet Din Letters by R. Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, Kapach, & Shalom Azulai
- Title (Hebrew) כתב בית דין מה"ר יוסף קאפח, יוסף שלום אלישיב, שלום מ' אזולאי
- Note Manuscript - Women
- City Jerusalem
- Publication Date 1952
- Estimated Price - Low 200
- Estimated Price - High 500
- Item # 2421530
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 p., 278:210 mm., light age staining, typed on onion paper, initialed in ink by all three Rabbis, dated.
Bet Din decree in a family proceeeding signed by:
R. Yosef Qafiḥ, widely known as Rabbi Kapach (1917-2000), was a Yemenite-Israeli one of the foremost leaders of the Yemenite Jewish community, first in Yemen and later in Israel. He was the grandson of Rabbi Yiḥyah Qafiḥ, also a prominent Yemenite leader and founder of the Dor Deah (anti-Kabbalah) movement in Yemen. He is principally known for his editions and translations of the works of Maimonides and other early rabbinic authorities, primarily his restoration of the Mishneh Torah from old manuscripts.
R. Qafiḥ was born in Sana’a in Yemen. His father was Rabbi David Qafiḥ. He died when his son was one year old. At the age of five Rabbi Yosef lost his mother, and was raised by and learned Torah with his grandfather Rabbi Yiḥyah Qafiḥ. When Yosef was 14 his grandfather died and he inherited his position as rabbinic authority and teacher of the Sana’a community. In his early years he worked as a silversmith. In 1943 he immigrated to Erez Israel, studied at the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva and qualified as a dayan at the Harry Fischel Institute. In 1950 he was appointed as a dayan in the Jerusalem district court, and later was appointed as a dayan at the Supreme Rabbinical Court. He was a member of the Chief Rabbinate Council of Israel, and presided over the Yemenite community in Jerusalem, as well as spreading Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook's teachings among the Israeli Sephardi populace. He died at the age of 82.
R. Yosef Shalom Elyashiv (1910 – 2012), Haredi rabbi and posek (arbiter of Jewish law) who lived in Jerusalem. Until his death at the age of 102, R. Elyashiv was the paramount leader Lithuanian-Haredi community, and many Ashkenazi Jews regarded him as the posek ha-dor, the contemporary leading authority on halakha, or Jewish law. He spent most of his days engaged in Talmudical study, and delivered lectures in Talmud and Shulkhan Arukh at a local synagogue in the Meah Shearim area in Jerusalem where he lived. He received supplicants from all over the world and answered the most complex Halakhic inquiries
R. Shalom Mordecai Azulai (d. 1961) member of Bet Din and a kabbalist in Yeshivat Porat Joseph.