Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah with Autographs and Glosses by Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Karelitz,
Father of the Chazon Ish
Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah which belonged to Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Karelitz, Av Beis Din of Kossova his autograph appears on both title pages. The sefer itself contains many important handwritten glosses by the illustrious owner.
The flyleaf contains several chiddushei Torah and annotations in Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Karelitz’s handwriting. In his discussions on the topic of giddin (sinews), he inscribes,
“And I wrote this for myself and not as practical halachah to others, until the learner weighs the matter on his own accord and will delve into it.”
This Shulchan Aruch was passed to his son in law – the Steipler and bears his stamp as well.
Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Karelitz (circa 1852-1917), Av Beis Din of Kossova, a town near Horodna, was acclaimed as a genius and one of the venerated Lithuanian Rabbanim of his times.
Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef cultivated and raised a family of supreme Torah scholars and sages who would become the leading Lithuanian Rabbanim of the pre-Holocaust era: His sons Rabbi Meir Karelitz, Av Beis Din of Lechovitz; Rabbi Itzele Karelitz, Rav of Kossova; and Rabbi Moshe Karelitz, Rav and dayan in Vilna; and his sons-in-law Rabbi Yisrael Yaakov Kanievsky, the Steipler; Rabbi Shmuel Graineman; and Rabbi Nachum Meir Karelitz, Av Beis Din of Maišiagala, (father of Rabbi Nissim Karelitz) Rabbi Abba Sviatitzky, Rav of Kossova and Tiktin.
Yet without a doubt, the most famous of his children was the Chazon Ish, who received the foundations of his Torah from his father, the chazon ish cites his chiddushim in his works,
The Chazon Ish delivered a special public shiur annually on his father’s yahrtzeit in his honor.
The elder Rabbi Karelitz’s written legacy include Beis Talmud (Vilna, 1915); Givat Shaul, a eulogy upon his father-in-law Rabbi Shaul Epstein, Av Beis Din of Kobrin; and chiddushei Torah that were compiled into the kuntress Mishpachas Ram.
Vilna, 1880. Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah “Ashlei Ravrevi” Volume 1
. Large volume: 39 cm .
Used with several pages detached; minor tears and page reinforcements on first pages, all text intact. some pages with crumbled edges Original binding worn from extensive use.
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