Darke Moshe, by Rabbi Moses Isserles (The Rema), First Edition, Furth, 1760.

This is a book from my antique book collection.  Darke Moshe was written by the Rema, Rabbi Moses ben Israel Isserles, who was among the foremost halachic authorities. He is usually known for his glosses, called Mappah, on the Shulchan Aruch.  The Rema’s work made the Shulchan Aruch acceptable to the Ashkenazim. He established a … Continue reading Darke Moshe, by Rabbi Moses Isserles (The Rema), First Edition, Furth, 1760.

Sefer Nidchei Yisroel, by Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan, the “Chofetz Chaim”, First edition, Warsaw 1893.

This book is from my antique book collection.  It is the first edition of Nidchei Yisroel, printed in 1893 on poor quality paper, originally in paper wrappers, perhaps to keep the cost as low as possible.  The pages have browned and I have scanned them in black and white to make them clearer. Rabbi Yisrael … Continue reading Sefer Nidchei Yisroel, by Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan, the “Chofetz Chaim”, First edition, Warsaw 1893.

Manual of Neginoth by Rev. A Perlzweig, London 1912.

This little book was published by R. Mazin in 1912. Reverend Asher Perlzweig (1876-1942) was born in Kamenetz Podolsk in the Ukraine in about 1876. He studied composition in Vienna and in London under Dr. Prout. He was elected Chazan of Vine Court Synagogue in the East End of London in 1896. He became the … Continue reading Manual of Neginoth by Rev. A Perlzweig, London 1912.

Hull Old Hebrew Synagogue – the Lord Mayor’s Service, 1972 Kingston upon Hull, England.

This is an interesting Order of Service. Dr. Lionel Rosen was the newly elected Lord Mayor of the City of Hull.  He was a lawyer, and a Labour member of the City Council for over 25 years. He had been Sheriff of Hull in 1951-52, and was the fourth Jew to be Lord Mayor of … Continue reading Hull Old Hebrew Synagogue – the Lord Mayor’s Service, 1972 Kingston upon Hull, England.

Sefer Shaarei HaMitzvos, by Rabbi Abraham Tzvi Weinstein, London 1953.

This is an interesting book by a slightly forgotten British Rabbi.  Rabbi Abraham Zevi Weinstein was born in Azhore, near Grodno, in 1901.  He studied in the Yeshivos (Rabbinical schools) of Grodno and Slobodka and was then the young Rabbi of Liskova, Lithuania, until he came to England in 1928 to be the Rabbi of … Continue reading Sefer Shaarei HaMitzvos, by Rabbi Abraham Tzvi Weinstein, London 1953.

Seder Hatefilot – Form of Prayers according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London, 1789.

This is a Siddur (a prayer book with daily and Sabbath prayers), published in London in 1789 by David Levi. It is important as it was the first Siddur with an English translation.  It is very comprehensive with prayers for every occasion as well as a prayer for the Royal Family - King George III. … Continue reading Seder Hatefilot – Form of Prayers according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London, 1789.

First Steps in Yiddish, H. Heathcote, London 1907.

This is not just another Yiddish text book.  It was written for non-Jews so that they could communicate with the Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants who had been arriving in relatively large numbers and settling in  the East End of London since 1882. Although the book has been reprinted, and you can buy a new copy on … Continue reading First Steps in Yiddish, H. Heathcote, London 1907.

Board of Deputies of British Jews, Annual Report for 1933.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews was established in London in 1760, when seven deputies were appointed by the elders of the Sephardi congregation of Spanish and Portuguese to form a standing committee and pay homage to King George III on his accession to the throne. Shortly thereafter the Ashkenazi Jewish Congregation from Central … Continue reading Board of Deputies of British Jews, Annual Report for 1933.

Jews College, Ninety-Fourth Annual Report, 1951.

Jews College was founded as a Rabbinical Seminary in London in 1855. In 1951 it was housed in Woburn House, Tavistock Square. I have quite a few Jews College items in my collection, including publications and annual reports. I have previously written about the Jubilee of Jews College in 1906, the 75th Anniversary in 1931 … Continue reading Jews College, Ninety-Fourth Annual Report, 1951.

Yalkut Yosef, Part II, by Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew, London 1947.

Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew was born in Vengroff, Poland in 1884.  He was a follower of Ger, received semicha (his rabbinical diploma) in Warsaw and lived on his father-in-law’s home in Siedlce for a while.  He was involved with Agudas Yisroel in Poland, and was part of the important rabbinic delegation that visited Great Britain … Continue reading Yalkut Yosef, Part II, by Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew, London 1947.