The Chozeh of Lublin on His Book

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The Yahrzeit of Reb Shlomo of Lutzk (1740-1813) is commemorated on the 10th of Tevet. The following praise of his works appeared in Sefer HaHasidut, Meah Tzadikim, Raphael, Yitzchak, 1961, Tel Aviv. (Freely translated by Gabbai Seth Fishman.)

The Chozeh of Lublin on His Book

It is known to those who know me that my way is not to conduct myself in grandiosity. And something of this also transfers to giving the appropation on a book. But to honor a great man, I have reversed my wish (to not speak with grandeur).

For, behold, well-known is the Rav (of Mezritch), a preacher (Maggid) of uprightness, he is ingenious and expert in revealed and hidden teachings, a holy one of Israel. Already the fame of his nature has spread out in the world  through the introduction to the book (of his teachings), “Collected Sayings” of our teacher and our master, the great and the holy, our teacher the Rav Dov Ber z’l.

And now, they have shown me new writings from a student of the Rav, the Maggid, viz., our teacher the Rav Shlomo, a preacher (Maggid) of uprightness of the holy congregation of Skohl, whose name is Reb Shlomo Lutzker and Koretzer.

And I have seen in the writings many amazing innovations and they are sweet as honey. And greatly have I benefited from them. And I understood after reading these that there are men who are particularly astute.

Being the approbation from me, I have been compelled to reverse my wish to not speak with grandeur and to give notice that:

His uprightness in my eyes is exceeding and, it is very appropriate to advertise to many myriads that they should drink in his sweet words.

(Excerpt from the approbation for “Divrat Shlomo“)

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