Folk Un Literature is subtitled: Five lectures on the main tendencies and characteristics of modern Yiddish literature, and a dissertation on Jews in modern art. Leo Konig was born near Minsk and brought up in Odessa, where he attended the Yeshiva of Chaim Tchernowitz (Rav Tsair). From 1908 to 1912 he studied art at the … Continue reading Folk Un Literatur (People and Literature), Leo Kenig, London, 1947.
Ben-A Sochachewsky (1889-1958) was a journalist, poet and teller of Chassidic stories. He was born in Lodz, Poland, and arrived in London about 1913. He was on the editorial staff of Di Zeit, the London Yiddish newspaper, of which I have written about here. His actual name was Yechiel Meir or "Chil Majer" Sochachewsky, but … Continue reading Lemech HaSheni by Ben-A Sochachewsky, London 1946
Rabbi Joseph Shapotchnick was like Marmite - you either loved him or hated him. He came to London in 1913 and settled in the East End, where he soon became a well known character. He was already a published author in Europe, and when he came to London became amazingly prolific. Rabbi Harry Rabinowitz's bibliography … Continue reading Sefer Kedushas Hashem by Rabbi Joseph Shapotchnick, London 1918
I bought this book from one of my favourite London book dealers who told me "don't buy this - he is very controversial". Of course, I could not resist. Rabbi Menasheh Adler was born in Warsaw in 1872 and died in Brighton, England on May 24th, 1959. He was known as an outstanding Talmudic Scholar … Continue reading Ohr Torah, by Shemariya Menasheh Cohen Adler, London 1932.
This book is the legacy of Rev. Aaron Asher Green, the London born Minister of the Hampstead Synagogue for almost forty years. As well as a short biography, written by Henrietta Adler, I have included his sermon to commemorate the Peace, after the First World War. He hopes that a time will come when Germany … Continue reading Sermons, by A. A. Green, (Minister of the Hampstead Synagogue 1892-1930), London, 1935.
This book is an important autobiography in Yiddish in three parts that includes not only the authors earlier experiences in Warsaw, but also, especially, London. Selig Oberman details memories of the Black Lion Yard Shtiebel, Bethnal Green Synagogue and the Dalston Talmud Torah. Selig Oberman, or to give him his full name, Asher Zelig Oberman … Continue reading In Meine Teg (In my Days), Memoirs by Selig Oberman, London 1947
This is an interesting booklet commemorating an event that was held on Sunday, July 5th 1964, in association with the yahrzeit of the Shaages Arieh, Rabbi Arieh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg, at the Hendon Adath Synagogue in Brent Street, Hendon. The guest of honour was Rabbi Leib Gurwicz, the Rosh Yeshivah of Gateshead. There are … Continue reading Commemorative Brochure of the Fifteenth Siyyum of the Halukat HaMishnah, Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London, 1964
The Yiddish writer and poet, Moysheh Oyved's real name was Edward Good. He had a fine jewellery and antiques shop near the British Museum. You can read more about his life and see some of his writing in Yiddish here. This little book was his first published work. It was originally printed in Yiddish by … Continue reading Out of Chaos, by Moysheh Oyved, London, 1918 (first published in Yiddish 1917).