“Please mention me in your pure prayers… Yissachar Shlomo ben Gittel… ” (Teichtal)
Autographed Copy of Eim Habanim Semeichah with handwritten dedication and kvittel to the Admor Imrei Emes of Gur
Autographed Copy of Eim Habanim Semeichah by Rabbi Yissachar Shlomo Teichtal Hy”d. First Edition. Budapest, 1944
with handwritten dedication and kvittel to the Admor Imrei Emes of Gur dated 19 Adar, 5704 (1944).
Essays on the praises of Eretz Yisrael and dwelling in it, as well as essays on the practical need to settle Eretz Yisrael at the time, written in Budapest at the during the Holocaust years by Rabbi Yissachar Shlomo Teichtal, Av Beis Din of Pishtian.
The flyleaf bears a lengthy full-page handwritten and autographed dedication by the author “To the master and Rabbi, Our Master, Man of G-d, Holy Light of Israel…the Rebbe of Gur shlit”a [Imrei Emes]” along with a heartfelt request to the Admor to mention his name, Yissachar Shlomo ben Gittel, in his pure prayers.
“Please mention me in your pure prayers… Yissachar Shlomo ben Gittel… From me, the young author who sits here in the dark land, in the capital city of Budapest”
Rabbi Teichtal concludes with a brokenhearted prayer of his own, “from me who waits and hopes for the springs of salvation for Yisrael who are rejected in this time…and may our eyes see the gathering of Yisrael speedily.”
This chilling dedication was inscribed on 19 Adar, 5704 (March 14, 1944), only five days before the Nazi invasion of Hungary and ensuing massacre of Hungarian Jewry.
Eim Habanim Semeichah
Rabbi Yissachar Shlomo Teichtal was regarded as the leader of Hungarian Rabbanim and fierce opponent of any movement or party that espoused or supported Zionism. His opinions mirrored those of the Minchas Elazar of Munkacs, until the Holocaust years when word of the atrocities and indiscriminate murder of Jews throughout Europe instigated a stark change in his beliefs, and he began advocating for mass Jewish emigration to Eretz Yisrael. His changed sentiments are expressed in the present sefer Eim Habanim Semeichah, which he authored while hiding out in an attic for two years in an attempt to flee the claws of the Nazis. Amazingly, this sefer replete with talmudic sources was written almost entirely by memory, since the author had virtually no access to any sefarim during this period.
In this sefer (see p. 238), Rabbi Teichtal laments the fact that European Jewry did not emigrate to Eretz Yisrael which would have spared the bloodshed and carnage (p. 16). He further calls for the mass emigration of Jews of all congregations, streams and factions to Eretz Yisrael which he presents as a key factor for the dawn of the final redemption.
The sefer Eim Habanim Smeichah was written with the author’s lifeblood, first in a hideaway in Slovakia and later while fleeing the Nazi in Budapest. In his writings, he mentions the “killings and murders and all forms of brutalities, from infant and child…” and the destruction of Polish and Slovakian Jewry (p. 80). He then expresses his belief that the root of all these tragic decrees was Bnei Yisrael’s choice to remain in exile among the gentiles instead of returning to their Land.
A colophon states that the printing of the sefer concluded on Thursday, Parshas Mikeitz, Chanukah 5704 (December 23, 1943).
Rabbi Yissachar Shlomo Teichtal Hy”d (1885-1945), Av Beis Din and Rosh Yeshivah of Pishtian in west Slovakia, was one of the illustrious Rabbanim in Hungary and Slovakia in the pre-Holocaust era. He corresponded frequently with his contemporaries and authored Shu”t Mishnah Sachir.
During the early years of World War Two, he delved into the subjects of exile, redemption and settling in Eretz Yisrael and published his thoughts and opinions in his famous sefer Eim Habanim Smeichah. With the Nazi conquest of Slovakia, he fled to Hungary, where he spent two years in hiding in Budapest. When false rumors were spread that the deportation of Jews from Slovakia had ceased, he returned to his hometown only to be captured and sent to Auschwitz where he was killed al kiddush Hashem in 10 Shvat, 5705 (Fbruary 24, 1945).
Budapest, 1943. First edition. , 2-360 leaves.
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