Questions in Halacha (Jewish Law); Vaad Hoier of Cincinnati & Kashrus Issues; Letters to and from Rabbi Silver
Kneseth Israel Congregation Collection
The letter is on the letterhead of the Union of Orthodox Congregations of America.
The letter is in Yiddish and is translated as follows:
First day Chanukah 1957
For the honor of God my dear friend the soul of all living, the great and true Rov, who is the light of Israel, the pillar on the right, the strong hammer [editor’s note: this phrase is borrowed from the Talmud in Tractate Berochos] who merits miracles with him, Rabbi Eliezer Silver who is the head of the Bais Din [rabbinical court] of all the congregations in Cincinnati and the head of the Agudas Harobonnim of the USA and Canada.
I have a great happiness in my heart when I see that my friends in the Agudas Harabonnim in the USA and Canada gave from their splendor on you with a good eye and they crowned you as the head of the Agudas Harabonnim. I bless you from the depths of my heart that God should strengthen you and satiate you with long healthful years that he should be able to fight the war of God and to raise the level of Torah and Israel and to put the proper Judaism on its place until we are fortunate to go to Jerusalem may it happen speedily in our days.
I would be very happy if you can tell me about the new workplace of Miami Margarine - did they do everything like your honor wanted?
I hope that during these days of Chanukah it should reawaken the miracles and wonders that happened to our forefathers and we should merit to praise god on all the miracles that he has done and all the miracles that he will do when he nullifies the wicked kingdom from the face of the earth, and the light from the miracle of Chanukah should give us a hidden light in the Torah.
With this I will part with closeness and honor.
Your friend who blesses you with his whole heart and soul Rabbi Shlomo Hakohen Rosenberg
The letterhead provides:
UNION OF ORTHODOX JEWISH CONGREGATIONS OF AMERICA
305 BROADWAY, NEW YORK 7, N. Y.
PRESIDENT: MOSES I. FEUERSTEIN
HON. PRESIDENTS: RABBI S. GOLDSTEIN; WILLIAM WEISS; SAMUEL NIRENSTEIN; WILLIAM B. HERLANDS; MAX J. ETRA
VICE PRESIDENTS: SAMUEL BRENNGLASS; NATHAN K. GROSS; BENJ. KOENIGSBERG; BENJ. MANDELKER
SECRETARY: REUBEN G. GROSS
TREASURER: EDWARD A. TEPLOW
VICE-PRESIDENTS FOR REGIONS: HAROLD H. BOXER. LONG ISLAND
SAMUEL BRENNER, TRI.STATE
SAMUEL C. FEUERSTEIN NEW ENGLAND
M. W. GASNER CANADA
SAMUEL MELLITZ. CONNECTICUT
SAMUEL PROTTAS, NORTHWEST
A. E. RAMAN, SOUTHEAST
ISRAEL TASLITT. MID-WEST
ADMINISTRATOR: SAUL BERNSTEIN
NATHAN K. GROSS CHAIRMAN
A. H. EISENMAN DIRECTOR
RABBI A. S. ROSENBERG RABBINIC ADMINISTRATOR