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Solomon Elhanan Jaffe Papers

Identifier: P-433

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of manuscripts and correspondence containing the following: 1) Sermons on the Pentateuch; 2) responsa on ritual matters among which are questions from a) Rabbi A.H. Seligsohn of New Castle, Pennsylvania concerning the kashrut of the muscovy duck (1912), b) Rabbi I. Eskin of El Paso, Texas concerning kosher slaughtering (1919), c) Rabbi H. Shabetay of Buenos Aires whether the prayer for rain normally found in the Shemoneh Esreh should be recited in the Southern Hemisphere, which has different seasons; and d) a letter from Rabbi Jacob Widrewitz of New York City commenting on some legal points; 3) general correspondence among which are letters from Rabbi Jacob Katzman of San Francisco and Rabbi Bernard Louis Levinthal of Philadelphia, and a letter in Russian; 4) biographical data on his family supplied by Jaffe for a biographical dictionary; 5) a manuscript for a planned volume on the Midrash; 6) a draft of his work [Hebrew] which differs from the published version; 7) and a notebook containing numerous entries among which are responsa, sermons, special sermons for Passover, and a table of contents for a planned second edition of his book of responsa [Hebrew]. In this latter item there is a reference to the question of kosher slaughtering in Boston.

Included in the collection is a manuscript (possibly Jaffe's grandfather) of a nineteenth century commentary on the Talmud with emendations by Jaffe, and responsa from various members of the Jaffe family from the 18th and 19th centuries.


  • circa 1912-1922


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at

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Biographical Note

Rabbi in St. Louis, 1891-1897; rabbi in New York, 1897-1923; founder and for many years, President of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the U.S. and Canada.


1 Manuscript Boxes

.25 Linear Feet

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This collection consists of manuscripts and correspondence related to Jewish dietary laws, sermons, Passover, and various personal matters.

Acquisition Note

Gift of Sol Jaffe 1979

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Revision Statements

  • August 2020: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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