Thursday, November 21, 2013

Publishing a book so you can marry off your daughters: 1944 Hegyone Haim by Rabbi Chaim Teiblum

In 1944, Rabbi Chaim Teiblum published a collection of Sermons and Essays, titled Hegyone Chaim.

The author used the title page as an apology for living in NY, and not in Eretz Yisrael, stating: that he is from Tel Aviv, but currently in NY, "God Willing Bli Neder with the first opportunity I will return to Eretz Yisrael to my family, may they be blessed with life". In the introduction he explains, he was a successful businessman in Poland, high taxes forced him to move to Israel, where the Arab riots and people not paying their debts brought him to NY.
excusing himself for living in NY

The writings of this book he says were formed in his mind while traveling in either cars or trains. Probably the first author to admit this.

at start of paragraph above discussing his thinking in trains or autos

What struck me most was his explanation for why he wrote the book. He says at the end of the introduction, that he has two daughters of marriageable age, and since money is a great aid in getting daughters married, he though writing a book would get him the amount needed. People who buy his books would give generously and he will then be able to marry them off.
explaining how writing the book will get his daughters married

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