"THE HOUSE OF THE BRISKER RAV WAS PARTIALLY DESTROYED AND ONE OF HIS CHILDREN WAS INJURED" Urgent Telegram from Rabbi Eliezer Silber to Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik from Boston
A telegram dated the 28th of June, 1948 from Rabbi Eliezer Silber, Av Beis Din of Cincinnati, addressed to Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik of Boston, a cousin of Rabbi Yitzchak Zev Soloveitchik of Brisk.
In it he writes that he had received a telegram from Jerusalem informing him that Rabbi Yitzchak Zev's home was partially destroyed injuring one of his children. He writes that he already sent a few hundred dollars and requests that Rabbi Soloveitchik also send five hundred dollars to help cover the expenses of the renovations.
In 1948 the Jordanians shelled Jerusalem with mortar shells striking the home of Rabbi Yitzchak Zev of Brisk. As of now it has been known that only his home was damaged, however this telegram, which is now being disclosed for the first time, reveals that one of his children was wounded as well.
(This occurred after he capitulated to his family's pleas to go down to the shelter. After the shelling he remarked that had they remained home, the child would not have been hurt.)
Telegram | 15 x 21 cm