Over many years Rabbi Dunner has collected innumerable oddities and rarities spanning every era of Jewish history and literary activity. In his series “Treasures from the Rabbi’s Library”, Rabbi Dunner reveals some of the forgotten pieces hidden away in storage for many years, revealing the stories behind them, and the reasons for his interest in them.
In this episode, Rabbi Dunner shares the story of the Chofetz Chaim‘s son, Rav Aryeh Leib Poupko, author of the first biography of his father, which contains an interesting revelation about the Mishna Berura.
Rabbi Dunner also reveals the missing page of one of the eighteenth century’s most controversial books, Ohr Yisrael, which recorded one side of the infamous Get of Cleves controversy.
And finally, Rabbi Dunner divulges a deeply personal letter from the Shklover Illui, Rav Eliyahu Klatzkin, to his irreligious son, Jacob.
As usual, Rabbi Dunner uses books and manuscripts to reveal much more than what is on the page, using anecdotes and insights to illuminate Jewish History as you’ve never heard it before.