Letter From The Posek Hador In America, Hagaon Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin ZTK"L.

Letter from Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin to Rabbis in Tel Aviv in 1931. The letter was written on the letterhead of the Ezras Torah organization. Rav Henkin is listed as Hagaon Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin, Secretary of the Ezras Torah Organization. There are notes added apparently by the RIshon Letzion who at the time was the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv regarding how the matter was handled. At the end of 1924 Rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin was appointed to be director of the Ezras Torah Organization, in which he served there for 48 years . Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin is remembered for devoting himself and working for the benefit of the organization way beyond the call of duty. For example he kept a small notebook handy where he noted every minute spent answering Halachik Shailos by the outside world to ensure he made up the time for Ezras Torah. Under his stewardship, millions of dollars were distributed to thousands of Yungerleit and heads of Torah institutions enabling them to transfer funds to their institutions in Europe, the United States and Israel. These accomplishments continue to perpetuate his name as the Director of an organization who contributed much and who with great loyalty and devotion developed the organization into what it is today. Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin term of office began during the roaring twenties when Joseph Stalin was consolidating his authority over Russia in a central Communist dictatorship after the death of Vladimir Lenin. It continued during the 1930's, the years of the Great Depression in the United States and the world; the years between the two world wars in Europe, 1940's: The years of World War II and the Holocaust, and the years of depravation and food rationing in Israel after the establishment of the state in the 1950's. During the holocaust era Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin distributed over $ 1,300,000. In the first years after the creation of Israel under his administration, Ezras Torah distributed over $ 1,500,000. After the Holocaust, the organization focused its efforts to helping the absorption of refugees in the United States and Israel. (from Wikipedia)

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