Important Letter of Chiddushei Torah by
Rabbi Akiva Sofer
A captivating letter regarding whether the brachah of ‘
Shehechiyanu’ should be recited first upon a new fruit or upon the performance of a mitzvah, and whether it may be recited during the Three Weeks. The letter is handwritten and autographed by the Daas Sofer, Rabbi Akiva Sofer of Pressburg. In the letter the Daas Sofer mentions the opinions of his ancestors the Chasam Sofer and Ksav Sofer.
Rabbi Akiva Sofer (1878-1959), also renowned as the Daas Sofer, served as Av Beis Din of Pressburg, perpetuating the golden chain of his ancestors the Chasam Sofer, Ksav Sofer and Shevet Sofer as Rabbanim and Roshei Yeshivah in Pressburg.
Already as an adolescent, he began delivering shiurim in the Pressburg Yeshivah, and in 1907, succeeded his father as Rav of the city. In 1940, he journeyed to Eretz Yisrael where he rebuilt his yeshivah in Yerushalayim. His written legacy includes Shu”t Daas Sofer on Shulchan Aruch and Daas Sofer on Torah and Festivals.
Pressburg, 1916. 3 handwritten sides with signature. Page size: 23×14 cm. Good condition.
This letter was printed in Daas Sofer, Orach Chaim Ch. 26, although the final paragraph includes a section that does not appear in the printed edition.
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