“He rescued Torah in our generation!”
Rabbi Avraham Kalmanowitz
Handwritten & Autographed Letter by Rabbi Avraham Kalmanowitz Regarding His Yeshivah in Tiktin. 1937
Handwritten and autographed letter by Rabbi Avraham Kalmanowitz, future Rosh Yeshivah of Mir in the United States and one of the leaders of the Vaad Hatzalah founded to rescue Jews in Europe from the clutches of the Nazis. This letter was written during his tenure as Rav and Rosh Yeshivah in Tiktin shortly before the outbreak of World War Two.
In this letter, which was addressed to the Vaad Hayeshivos in Vilna, Rabbi Kalmanowitz tells of the maggidei shiur in the yeshivah and describes his great satisfaction in his talmidim’s extraordinary success in the study of Gemara, Rashi and Tosfos. He concludes with an appeal for financial assistance from the Vaad Hayeshivos.
The life of
Rabbi Avraham Kalmanowitz (1891-1964) was a long chain of harbatzas Torah and public efforts on behalf of bnei Torah around the world. In 1929, at the young age of 22, he was appointed Rav in Rakov, and from that day, he never paused in his tireless efforts to promote Torah and assist his fellow Jews in distress. Rabbi Avraham was a close confidante of both the Chofetz Chaim and Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski, and he spearheaded the rescue efforts of the Vaad Hatzalah in Europe during World War Two to save Lithuanian yeshivos, and specifically the Mir Yeshiva in Shanghai.
For close to a decade, he served as Rav in Tiktin, but with the outbreak of war, fled with his family to Vilna and, from there, to the United States. After the war, Rabbi Avraham Kalmanowitz founded the Mir Yeshiva in Brooklyn.
“He rescued Torah in our generation!” wrote Rabbi Simcha Elberg following the passing of Rabbi Avraham Kalmanowitz.
Tiktin, 1937. Handwritten and autographed on official stationery. Hole-punched.
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