Autograph of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter, Founder of the Mussar Movement.
Rabbeinu Yerucham’s Sefer Toldos Odom V’Chava, Kopys, 1808.
Rabbi Yisrael Salanter’s autograph appears on the title page: “
Yisrael ben Moreinu Harav Zev Wolf of Salant, Hashem should protect and grant him life” and again in the margin.
Legendary founder of the mussar movement, Hagaon Harav Yisrael Salanter (1810-1883) is renowned across the Jewish world “For his spiritual greatness and righteousness, his piety, humility and holiness… He illuminated the eyes of Yisrael with his Torah and fear of heaven to ingrain fear of heaven and pure attributes in their souls, and with his sweet words, inspired many to repent from sin… He taught the nation to establish set hours for the daily study of mussar and fear of heaven with flaming lips, a yearning voice and enchanted spirit” (excerpted from his disciple Harav Itzele Blazer’s Ohr Yisrael).
Harav Yisrael Salanter was the father of the mussar movement and a renowned Rosh Yeshivah whose in-depth lectures attracted the crème de la crème of aspiring Torah scholars. Traveling from city to town to village, he inspired his fellow Jews to repentance, underscoring the spiritual significance of establishing set hours each day to delve into the wisdom and practical application of mussar. The mussar movement that he founded is based on the aphorism “As long as the candle burns, it is still possible to rectify [one’s character].”
Rabbi Yisrael Salanter’s famed disciples include the illustrious pioneers of the mussar movement including the Alters of Kelm, Novardok and Slabodka, and his teachings were universally adopted by all Lithuanian yeshivos. Harav Yisrael Salanter’s lessons and missives were compiled into Ohr Yisrael and Kedosh Yisrael.
Kopys, 1808. . 188: 82 leaves. Page size: 33 cm. Endorsements of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, and Harav Chaim of Volozhin. Good condition. Autograph authentications attached.
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