by: Shnos Dor Vador
This is a truly fascinating collection, very likely the only one of its kind: 300 years of history, through the handwritten letters and pronouncements of the great Torah leaders of 12 generations.
For many years, R' Reuven Dessler has been collecting original handwritten letters from the quills of people whose very names evoke reverent gasps:
the Chasam Sofer, the Aruch Leneir, R' Yisrael Salanter, R' Yitzchok Elchonon, R' Chaim Soloveitchik, the Chofetz Chaim, R' Chaim Ozer Grodzenski, and scores more.
Now, all those collectors items are presented to the public. Every letter appears in both the original handscript and with the text newly typeset. Each selection has a historical introduction and a brief biographical sketch of the writer.
These letters and communal pronouncements give us a glimpse into the life and times — and the personalities — of these legendary leaders.