Rabbi Aaron Hyman was born in Slutsk in 1862. He settled in London in 1885 and was the Rabbinical Supervisor and Head Shochet of the London Jewish Community. He was one of the founders of the Mizrachi Organization of Great Britain and in 1909 one of the founders of the Etz Chaim Yeshivah of London.
He was an important writer of reference works and his books have been reprinted. My copy is the first edition of his first published book. His later and important work was Toledot Tanaim ve Amorim.
The book is a listing of almost 14,000 Talmudic, Midrashic and other sayings and proverbs arranged alphabetically with Rabbi Hyman’s notes, comments and explanations.
Bet Vaad Lechochamim was printed by the Telephone Press (printers, possibly, of the Yiddish newspaper the Yiddishe Telephon).
The Haskamas to this book are quite interesting and include:
The Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, Rabbi Naphtali (Herman) Adler
Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Hirsch Broide of Zager, Lithuania
Rabbi Moshe Avigdor Chaikin
Rabbi Joseph Kohen-Zedek
The book had quite a few printing errors. Some are listed, some are pages that are out of order at the beginning and there is the following curiosity – tipped in at the beginning is an additional page 1 for the letter aleph, apparently reset due to errors.
And the end of the listing: