L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part II, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1955

This is the second part of Rabbi Singer's writings.  The first part was published in 1939 when all was well with Rabbi Singer and his synagogue, the Philpot Street Great Synagogue, which was one of the most important synagogues belonging to the Federation of Synagogues in the East End of London.  If you have not … Continue reading L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part II, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1955

East End Story, by Abraham Bernard Levy, London (1951).

This is one of my favourite books. East End story originated in a series of articles that A. B. Levy, a journalist and writer who was the son of a Hull tailor wrote for the Jewish Chronicle from 1948 to 1950. It evokes memories of the East End of London, damaged, but still surviving in … Continue reading East End Story, by Abraham Bernard Levy, London (1951).

The Ninth Annual Report of the Anglo-Jewish Association, London, 1879-1880

The year is 1880, on the eve of the great Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe to England. Anglo-Jewry, established from 1656, had prospered.  If you could afford a minimum of five shillings per year, you could be a member of the Anglo-Jewish Association. This 200-page volume includes details of the work of the Association, and … Continue reading The Ninth Annual Report of the Anglo-Jewish Association, London, 1879-1880

Imre Chaim, writings of the “Kamenitzer Maggid”, Rabbi Chaim Zundel Maccoby, Max Mansky, Tel Aviv, 1928.

Rabbi Chaim Zundel Maccoby, known as the "Kamenitzer Maggid (preacher)" because of the name that he had made for himself in the Russian town of Kamenitz-Litovsk in the 1870s was an early adherent of the Chovevei Tzion (Lovers of Zion) Movement. His sermons did not find favour in Tsarist circles, and in 1890 he fled … Continue reading Imre Chaim, writings of the “Kamenitzer Maggid”, Rabbi Chaim Zundel Maccoby, Max Mansky, Tel Aviv, 1928.

British Jewry in Battle and Blitz, London, 1944 (third issue)

This booklet was published by the Board of Deputies of British Jews in 1944.  (The copy in the Jewish Museum is, I believe, erroneously dated 1942.)  It lists many varied ways Jewish people served in the Second World War. There are pages on the Jewish contribution to the armed forces and awards and medals that … Continue reading British Jewry in Battle and Blitz, London, 1944 (third issue)

Eretz Yisroel – Nachalas Am Yisroel – by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1945.

Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky was born in Daskovichy, near Grodno, in 1886.  He studied in the yeshivos of Telz, Mir, Slabodka and Brisk and became a Rabbi who served in various Russian communities including Slutsk and Smolensk.  He fought against the Soviet governments attempts to supress Jewish religion, and in 1931 was allowed to leave the … Continue reading Eretz Yisroel – Nachalas Am Yisroel – by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1945.

In Kamf Kegen Shtrom (In a struggle against the stream), by Rabbi Jacob Joseph Schwartz, London 1946

This book is subtitled '25 years of Jewish living in London'.  Rabbi Schwartz was born about 1875 in Europe.  He was a shochet (a ritual slaughterer), and this is his book, published two years before he died in 1948. He has a lot to say - 242 pages of Yiddish, in a small typeface, printed … Continue reading In Kamf Kegen Shtrom (In a struggle against the stream), by Rabbi Jacob Joseph Schwartz, London 1946

Tshuva BeInyan Gelatin, by Rabbi Kopul Kahana, London 1966

This is an interesting booklet, and I must state at the outset that I am writing about books and publications in my library.  It is not my purpose to get into the question of whether gelatin is or is not kosher. Rabbi Kopul Kahana was born in Eisiskes, Lithuania, in 1895, studied in Lithuanian yeshivos … Continue reading Tshuva BeInyan Gelatin, by Rabbi Kopul Kahana, London 1966

Records of the Franklin Family and Collaterals, by Arthur Ellis Franklin, London 1915.

I have previously written a little about Arthur Ellis Franklin, whose copy of the Selichos book of his day is in my collection. You can read about that here. He compiled this important family history, which was printed for private circulation in 1915.  This book was obviously the result of much research, carried out long … Continue reading Records of the Franklin Family and Collaterals, by Arthur Ellis Franklin, London 1915.