Form of Prayers for the Day of Atonement according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London 5551 (1791).

I have a set of these Machzorim (Festival Prayer Books), in near mint condition, but sadly with no bookplate or information about who owned them. The translation, into fine 18th century English, demonstrates the skill of the erudite scholar, David Levi. The prayer for King George the Third and the Royal family, below, is particularly … Continue reading Form of Prayers for the Day of Atonement according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London 5551 (1791).

Apiryon, Volume IV Number XI, by Shmuel Miller of Yonkers, New York, 1926-1927.

This is a Rabbinical journal which I have included in my collection to demonstrate the international renown of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber of London, extracts from whose book, Kerem HaTzvi are included. The editor, Shmuel Miller, is Dr. Simon Miller (1887-1971), a Yonkers dentist who served as a lay leader of Ohab Zedek and local … Continue reading Apiryon, Volume IV Number XI, by Shmuel Miller of Yonkers, New York, 1926-1927.

The Jewish Literary Annual, London 1905.

The Union of Jewish Literary Societies was an association of societies founded in 1902 in London for the diffusion of Jewish Literature, history and sociology, and for the co-ordination of the work of Jewish literary societies. The organization grew out of a conference of Jewish literary societies convened by the North London Jewish Literary and … Continue reading The Jewish Literary Annual, London 1905.

Hendon Synagogue Hebrew School, Annual Prize Distribution, 9th April 1967.

This was tipped inside my copy of the official opening and consecration of the nearby Finchley Synagogue, which took place the following week. Presumably the original owner attended both events. Hendon United Synagogue was originally called Hendon Synagogue.  From 1928 to 1935 it was at 128 Brent Street, London NW4. The original building was sold … Continue reading Hendon Synagogue Hebrew School, Annual Prize Distribution, 9th April 1967.

Order of Service at the Official Opening and Consecration of the new Finchley Synagogue, Kinloss Gardens, London, 16th April 1967.

Finchley United Synagogue, in North West London, often known as "Kinloss" is a large orthodox Synagogue with architectural features that look like the grill of a Rolls Royce (at least, to me).  The site was originally acquired by the United Synagogue in 1934, and there was an earlier building on the site. This is the … Continue reading Order of Service at the Official Opening and Consecration of the new Finchley Synagogue, Kinloss Gardens, London, 16th April 1967.

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.