Letter from Rabbi Chaim Menachem of Zinkov ,Apta Dynasty
"FROM TODAY I NO LONGER ACCEPT UPON MYSELF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR CITY"
A harsh letter handwritten and signed by the holy Rabbi Chaim Menachem of Zinkov, in response to a dispute regarding a shochet ubodek in a city under his authority.
In his letter, Rabbi Chaim Menachem establishes what should be done with the shochet ubodek and asserts that if they fail to comply with his directive, he would remove his responsibility from the city and from anything that would happen as a result. "And may G-d help that my words enter their hearts."
Rabbi Chaim Menachem Heschel (1837 – 1893) was the son of Rabbi Meshulam Zusia of Zinkov, grandson of Rabbi Yitzchak Meir of Zinkov who was the son of the Ohev Yisrael of Apta. Rabbi Chaim Menachem was the son-in-law of Rabbi David of Tolna who was the son of Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl. He was one of the leading Admorim of Russia and held great influence. Some of his writings were published in "Ohev Yisrael," a publication of the Kapischnitz institutions.