TYPE: Letter
COMPONENTS: 33 items. Varying size and condition.
ITEM ID: 5729
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Collection of Letters of Rabbis from South America – Argentina and Brazil

Century: 20th (1901-2000)

Collection of letters and documents from rabbis and public figures, mainly from South America, most sent to R. Yaakov Fink from 1940-1986.

The letters include:
• Letter from R. Ze’ev Tzvi HaKohen Klein, Rabbi of Eisenstadt, Berlin and Buenos Aires. [Buenos Aires, ca. 1940s].
• Letter of R. Yeshayah David Briskman. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 1951.
• Two letters from R. Natan David Rosenblum of Apta. Avellaneda (Argentina), 1951-1955.
• Letter from R. Yehoshua Segal Deutsch, Rabbi of Adat Yisrael in Montevideo and Katamon. Jerusalem, 1953.
• Three letters from R. Shmuel Yaakov Glicksberg, Rabbi of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires, 1958-1959.
• Ten letters from R. Nechemiah Berman, Chief Rabbi of Uruguay, including a letter of consolation addressed to R. Fink’s family after his passing. Buenos Aires, 1964-1986.
• Three letters from R. Yosef Zolty, Rabbi of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires, 1965.
• Two letters from the Sephardic Chief Rabbinate, signed by R. Moshe Chehebar. Buenos Aires, 1965.
• Letter from R. Yerachmiel Blumenfeld, Rabbi of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 1966.
• Two letters from R. Avraham Mordechai Hershberg, Rabbi of Mexico City and president of the Latin American Rabbinical Center. Mexico, 1968.
• Three letters from R. Shmuel Aryeh Levin, dean of the Chafetz Chaim yeshiva in Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires and Bnei Brak, 1969-1972.
• Letter from R. Yosef HaKohen Oppenheimer, Rabbi of the Achdut Yisrael community. Buenos Aires, 1972.
• And more.
R. Yaakov Fink (1902-1984) studied under R. Meir Arik and R. Yosef Engel, as well as in other renowned Galician yeshivas and the Berlin Rabbinical Seminary. At the start of the Holocaust in 1939, he fled to Argentina, where he was appointed Rabbi and began to establish yeshivas, Torah schools, mikvaot and other Jewish necessities. His Beit Din addressed many questions of divorce and agunot in the wake of the Holocaust. He later served as Rabbi of Brazil and again as Chief Rabbi of Argentina. In 1963 he immigrated to Eretz Israel and was appointed dayan and head of the Haifa Beit Din.