"... Blessing and success in all your endeavors for wealth and honor ..."
In Rabbi Elchanan's letter, we can see that despite his tremendous greatness in Torah and his sayings that still resonate today in all study halls around the world, he had to travel to take loans and collect donations to maintain the yeshivah.
Rabbi Elchanan depicts the bleak state of his yeshivah: "Its loans and credit borrow from one to pay the other, and currently even this negotiation has ended ... due to the bad state of our Jewish brethren in their countries and in our city ... and my request is laid out ... to maintain our sacred enterprise so that it doesn't collapse, Heav-n forbid." He also explains at length what caused the financial difficulties. Rabbi Elchanan blesses profusely: "May [you] be Heav-nly blessed to be inscribed and sealed for a year of life and peace, a year of blessing and success in all [your] endeavors for wealth and honor and all goodness, selah." Rabbi Elchanan adds his signature: "Elchanan Bunim Wasserman, lecturer here in Baranovich, " and the yeshivah's stamp.
Rabbi Elchanan Bunim Wasserman [1875-1941] was the rosh yeshivah of Ohel Torah in Baranovich and one of the most renowned rabbinic leaders of all generations. His scholarly works
Kovetz He'arot and
Kovetz Shiurim and his in-depth study methodology are inalienable assets of the yeshivah world to this day. Rabbi Elchanan was a disciple of the gaon Rabbi Shimon Shkop, disciple and right-hand-man of the author of Chafetz Chaim. The story of his death in sanctification of G-d's name, as one of the "asarah harugei malchut, " caused many hearts to tremble. While occupied with the laws of martyrdom, he was taken to be executed at the 'Seventh Fort' near the Kovno ghetto.
 leaf official stationery of the Ohel Torah yeshivah and of Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman. 29x22 cm. The letter was written in scribal script, with the addition of [23 words] in Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman's hand, with his signature and the yeshivah's stamp.
Fine condition. Fold marks. Stain in the center of the leaf. Tears without lack.