Rabbi Israel Boruch (Bernard) Zinober is rather forgotten today. In writing about his book, which was published posthumously in 1952 (there was a second volume in 1955), I will try to fill that gap. The book contains halachic discussions on various subjects written by his father, Rabbi Leib Shalom Zinober, who was the head of … Continue reading Sefer Divrei Shalom, with Nesivos Yisroel, by Rabbi Leib Shalom Zinober and his son, Rabbi Israel Bernard Zinober, London 1952.
Yaakov Meir Zalkind, or Dr. Yankev-Meyer Zalkind was an orthodox Rabbi, an anarchist friend of Rudolf Rocker and a pacifist. He was born in Kobrin in 1875 and his family descended from generations of famous rabbis, including the Chochom Tzvi, Maharshal and Tosephes Yom Tov. He was educated at the Volozhin yeshiva, and then followed … Continue reading Talmud Babli in Yiddish – Tractate Berakhos – Yaakov Meir Zalkind, London 1922
This is the sixth and final volume of the second edition of the set of David Levi Machzorim, as revised by Isaac Levy. At the end, it includes the long and interesting subscription list of those who paid in advance for copies of the book, with their names and addresses. The prayer for the king … Continue reading Machzor leChag Hashavuos – The Form of Prayers for the Feast of Pentecost, London, 1807
I bought this book in 1987 in the closing-down sale of the old Feldheim book store on East Broadway, New York. I have other copies of the Jewish Year Book, from the very first one in 1896, but this is one of the most useful. The earlier Jewish Year Books had plenty of information about … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 1932, Rev. S. Levy – and the Federation of Synagogues
This is an interesting Siddur with historic family inscriptions (for which, read below). It was printed in London in 1830, in Hebrew with an English translation. Older siddurim are less common than Machzorim and this one has wear on the correct pages - at one time it was well used. It is well bound in … Continue reading Shar Hatefillah VeSeder HaAvodah – Daily Prayer Book, London 1830 – copy of Alexander Levy
Rabbi Chaim Yoel Zevulun Gould, often known as Rabbi Julius Gould, was born in the 1890s in Lithuania. He was educated at Telz Yeshiva, where he was a student of Rabbi Eliezer Gordon. Rabbi Gordon came to London to raise funds for the Yeshiva in 1910, where he suffered a fatal heart attack. He is … Continue reading Geulas Yisroel by Rabbi Zevulun (Julius) Gould of Leeds, London 1939
Rabbi Yitzchok Mordecai Rudnick (as he was when he wrote this book - he became a Dayan of the Federation of Synagogues Beth Din later) was the Rabbi of the Cannon Street Road Synagogue in the East End of London. He was born in Lithuania, studied at the Slobodka Yeshiva and then was a founding … Continue reading Sade Yitzchok by Dayan Yitzchok Rudnick, London 1960.
Rabbi Yaakov Ben Zion Morein was born in Kreitzburg, in the Vitebsk district of Russia. He changed his name to Mendelsohn to make it harder for the Russian authorities to track him, and emigrated to England. In 1897 he was appointed Rabbi of a synagogue in Leeds, then in Gateshead in 1905 and then in … Continue reading Midrash Yaavetz by Rabbi Yaakov Benzion Mendelsohn, 1911, published Glasgow with subscription list, printed Leeds.
This little book is packed with historical information, including an amazing subscription list which is scanned below. The book itself consists of explanations of the Torah, by Rabbi David Kleinerman, who was the Rabbi of Shereshev. His book Chomos Yerushalayim was published in 1807 and can be found here. My book was published by Yaakov ben … Continue reading Lekutei Yaavetz, by Rabbi David Kleinerman, published by Yaakov ben Tzvi, Manchester, 1894. (Rabbi Elie Munk’s copy).
The Chief Rabbi, Dr. J. H. Hertz's little book of Jewish Thoughts is ubiquitous and has gone through many editions with ten of thousands of copies printed. I am always amused when I see copies on ebay at fancy prices, as if it was rare. However, my copy is unique. It belonged to Dayan Mark … Continue reading Dayan Gollop’s copy of A Book of Jewish Thoughts by the Chief Rabbi, Dr. H. H. Hertz, London, 1941.