This is a book that was published in London during the Second World War by William Collins, apparently to educate the Hebrew speakers of Palestine about the British Empire, of which they were a part. The British Empire, it explains, is a typical product of the spirit of the English nation. Even among the friends … Continue reading Moshavot Britannia (British Colonies), London 1944
Rabbi Jack Ferber was the son of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, Rabbi of the West End Great Synagogue in Soho. I have previously written about some of the elder Rabbi Ferber's books - you can read about Shvil HaTzvi and Hegyonei Avos. Eliezer Jacob (Jack) Ferber was born in Zagare, in Lithuania, in 1912, and … Continue reading Iyyunim Be’Halacha (Studies in Halacha) by Rabbi Eliezer Jacob Ferber, London, 1939.
Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber was born in Kovno in 1879. He was a renowned Torah and Talmudic scholar who emigrated to Manchester, England in 1911 and then in 1913 became the Rabbi and leader of the West End Talmud Torah Synagogue (Kehilas Yeshurun) in Soho, London. Much has been written about him, including his memoirs … Continue reading Shvil HaTzvi, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, London 1936
The Jews Deaf and Dumb Home was founded in 1863 by Baroness Mayer de Rothschild as a school where resident Jewish children could learn to speak. Originally in Whitechapel, it moved to Walmer Road, Notting Hill. The first Director was William Van Praagh, from the Netherlands, who had been invited to England to help convert … Continue reading Twenty-First Report of the Jew’s Deaf and Dumb Home, Walmer Road, Notting Hill, London 1891
I have had this book on my shelves for some years, intrigued by the subtitle that these are the sermons that the author gave in the Jewish communities of Britain and America, and that the author says that he was a Rabbi in Liverpool and Newcastle in Britain and in Houston, Texas and Utica, New … Continue reading Sefer Regesh Amorenu by Rabbi Gershon Meir Boyarsky, Vilna, press of the widow and brothers Romm, 1898.
This is a book by another rather forgotten Rabbi, Jacob Leib Davidson, a long -time resident of South Tottenham. Rabbi Davidson was born on 23rd July 1875, and died in London in 1960. According to Rabbi Joseph Unterman (who was Rabbi of the South Tottenham Synagogue), writing his obituary in the Jewish Chronicle, he was … Continue reading Sefer Rav HaChovel by Rabbi Jacob Leib Davidson, London 1952
At first I had doubts whether this "modern" book should be in my vintage and antique Anglo-Judaica library - but then I realized that it was published 50 years ago, and is a very relevant book on problems of Jewish adoption of children. Meir Steinberg was born in Poland on April 1st, 1906. He was … Continue reading Sefer Lekutei Meir, By Dayan Meir Steinberg, London 1970.
This little booklet was published in February 1939. It is a clear and straight-forward presentation of facts that was printed on paper that is starting to deteriorate. I have scanned it all to preserve it. From page 13..... "At a given hour, two o'clock in the morning, storm-troop squads in every German town began to … Continue reading Germany and the Jews, The Board of Deputies of British Jews, London 1939. (published after the Kristallnacht pogroms, November 9th/10th 1938.)
This book was published by the Jewish Agency in 1924, in Yiddish. The Keren Hayesod, or Palestine Foundation Fund had been founded on December 24th, 1920, after discussions at the World Zionist Conference in London earlier in July of that year. This is an early description of fundraising and what the money was being used … Continue reading Der Keren Hayesod Un Zein Arbeit (The Palestine Foundation Fund and its work), Adolf Boehm, London 1924
Rabbi Ezrin is another one of those forgotten Rabbis who came from the Russian Empire to the United Kingdom and then went on his journey to another land. This little book - just 24 pages, so it is really a booklet - was printed for R. Mazin and Co. of 141 Whitechapel Road, in London … Continue reading Sefer Pi Arieh (The Mouth of the Lion), Rabbi Louis (Yehuda Leib) Ezrin, London, 1914.