Handwritten & Autographed Shanah Tovah Letter by the Minchas Elazar of Munkacs
Munkacs. Tuesday eve. 13 Middos, 5691 (1931)
“May Hashem Yisborach in His kindness and compassi on grant that this new year be one of goodness and blessing”
This handwritten postcard bearing the autograph of the illustrious Admor Rabbi Elazar Shapira, Av Beis Din of Munkacs and author of Minchas Elazar, was written to his cousin the Admor Rabbi Elazar Shapira, Av Beis Din of Kiviashed.
Admor Rabbi Chaim Elazar Shapira (1872-1937) was the Av Beis Din of Munkacs and author of the Minchas Elazar. He was revered as one of the greatest Hungarian Chassidic Rebbes in the pre-Holocaust era and fought valiantly to preserve tradition.
A son of the Darkei Teshuvah and direct descendant of the Bnei Yissachar, he was crowned Raavad of Munkacs during his father’s lifetime, and in 1914 as Rav and Admor of the city.
His written legacy includes the 5-volume Shu”t Minchas Elazar, Likutei Divrei Torah Chaim V’Shalom; Chamishah Ma’amaros; Os Chaim V’Shalom and more.
Rabbi Elazar Shapira (1888-1937), Av Beis Din of Kiviashed, was also a descendant of the Bnei Yissachar and a relative of the Minchas Elazar who refers to him in the letter as “she’er besari, my kin”.
Following the Minchas Elazar’s recommendation, the younger Rabbi Elazar was appointed Rav of Kiviashed in 1920. After the Holocaust, he rebuilt his congregation in Williamsburg, NY.
Munkacs, 1923. Handwritten and autographed on postcard. A rare stamp with the Admor’s name appears on the verso.
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