Sefer Pi Arieh (The Mouth of the Lion), Rabbi Louis (Yehuda Leib) Ezrin, London, 1914.

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.

The British Jewry Book of Honour, Rev. Michael Adler, London, 1922

I found my copy of this remarkable book in a Tel Aviv second-hand book shop about 40 years ago - one of my first acquisitions of Anglo-Judaica.  There is another copy in a glass case in the Jewish Museum in London. The British Jewry Book of Honour was edited by Reverend Michael Adler, who was … Continue reading The British Jewry Book of Honour, Rev. Michael Adler, London, 1922

Responsa of the Chacham Tzvi (Rabbi Tzvi Ashkenazi), Zolkiev, 1767 – Questions about England.

You are probably wondering why this book would be in a library of Anglo-Judaica.  My copy was printed in Zolkiev, in the Ukraine, in 1767, using type that was cut in Amsterdam.  Amsterdam type was so highly regarded that the word Amsterdam is in big, bold letters, not Zolkiev. Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch ben Yaakov Ashkenazi … Continue reading Responsa of the Chacham Tzvi (Rabbi Tzvi Ashkenazi), Zolkiev, 1767 – Questions about England.

The London Beth Din (The Court of the Chief Rabbi) by Dayan A. Feldman, London 1929.

This little booklet was originally a Paper read before the Society for Jewish Jurisprudence (English Branch) in London on 17th December 1928. It explains clearly the organization of the Beth Din, its functions, and the nature of the cases brought before it. Asher Feldman was born in 1873 in Russia, and came to England as … Continue reading The London Beth Din (The Court of the Chief Rabbi) by Dayan A. Feldman, London 1929.

Gems from The Talmud, Rev. Isidore Myers, London 1894.

Reverend Isidore Myers was born in Suwalki, Lithuanian Poland, in 1856.  He was brought to Australia by his parents, at the age of thirteen.  Following a thorough education he became Secretary of the East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation in 1876, and became its Minister 1883-1889.  From 1882 he was a Freemason, a member of the Golden … Continue reading Gems from The Talmud, Rev. Isidore Myers, London 1894.

Megillas Esther – The Book of Esther, by the Rev. Asher Perlzweig, London 1932

Or, to give the full title: The Book of Esther Arranged With The Traditional Cantilation and Punctuation By The Rev. A. PERLZWEIG With Prefatory Note by THE REV. DAYAN H. M. LAZARUS. Reverend Asher Perlzweig (1876-1942) was born in Kamenetz Podolsk in the Ukraine in about 1876. He studied composition in Vienna and in London … Continue reading Megillas Esther – The Book of Esther, by the Rev. Asher Perlzweig, London 1932

Loshen un Leben (Language and Life), edited by A. N. Stencl, January 1947.

Avrom Nochem Stencl came to London in 1936.  He was born in Poland, into a rabbinical family, and had lived in Germany for some years, where he was a published author.  His first volume of poetry in London was published in 1937.  I have previously written about his book Yerushalayim, a book of songs, ballads … Continue reading Loshen un Leben (Language and Life), edited by A. N. Stencl, January 1947.

Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) by Avrom Nochum Stencl, Yiddish, London 1948

A. N. Stencl (pronounced Shtentsel) was known in his later years as the Yiddish poet of Whitechapel.  He was born in Czelad, in Poland, in 1897, and had a traditional orthodox education, learning at the Yeshiva at Sosnoviec, where his brother, Shlomo Stencl was Rabbi.  In 1921 he emigrated to Germany, where he mixed in … Continue reading Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) by Avrom Nochum Stencl, Yiddish, London 1948

Neshome Klangen – Soul Echoes by Shmuel (Samuel) White, Yiddish, London, 1941

This is a book of Yiddish poems by Shmuel White, printed in Whitechapel, London by the Narodiczky Press, during the war, in 1941. My copy is signed and inscribed. Shmuel White (originally Weiss) was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1891, into a wealthy Chassidic family.    At the age of ten, his parents moved to London.  … Continue reading Neshome Klangen – Soul Echoes by Shmuel (Samuel) White, Yiddish, London, 1941

The Biala Rebbe’s copy of Moreh Nebuchim – the Guide for the Perplexed, by the Rambam (Maimonides), Warsaw 1872

This is a copy of Moreh Nebuchim, which means Guide for the Perplexed, that was printed in Warsaw by Isaac Goldman in 1872.  Moreh Nebuchim is a work of philosophy, written by Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, known as Maimonides or the Rambam.  It is divided into three parts and this edition has four commentaries.  My … Continue reading The Biala Rebbe’s copy of Moreh Nebuchim – the Guide for the Perplexed, by the Rambam (Maimonides), Warsaw 1872