Zeman Zemanim Zemanehem attributed to Rabbi Jonah Rappa, edited by Rev. George Belasco of Ramsgate, London 1908

This book gives us an opportunity to introduce another largely forgotten Anglo-Jewish clergyman, George (Gershon) Simmons Belasco. The book itself, which George Belasco edited from a rare manuscript, is an Anti-Christian satire.  The "Haggadah" of R. Jonah Rapa (c. 1380), is a vehement denunciation of the licentiousness indulged in by Gentiles during the carnival. It … Continue reading Zeman Zemanim Zemanehem attributed to Rabbi Jonah Rappa, edited by Rev. George Belasco of Ramsgate, London 1908

L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part I, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1939

Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer is another of the forgotten Rabbis of London.  He was the Rabbi of the flagship synagogue of the Federation of Synagogues, the Philpot Street Great Synagogue, and yet gets one tiny passing mention in Geoffrey Alderman's "The Federation of Synagogues - A New History". But before we even start with Rabbi … Continue reading L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part I, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1939

Nivat Nachum by Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Plotsk, published by his grandson, Israel Joseph Price, London 1886.

There is a little mystery to this book.  I do not know anything about Rabbi Menachem Nachum other than what is written in this book and also that he has a brief mention in the Plotsk Yizkor book.  he was a Dayan of Plotzk and Chief Rabbi in Friedeberg in Germany. The book was published … Continue reading Nivat Nachum by Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Plotsk, published by his grandson, Israel Joseph Price, London 1886.