This booklet was published by the Board of Deputies of British Jews in 1944. (The copy in the Jewish Museum is, I believe, erroneously dated 1942.) It lists many varied ways Jewish people served in the Second World War. There are pages on the Jewish contribution to the armed forces and awards and medals that … Continue reading British Jewry in Battle and Blitz, London, 1944 (third issue)
Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky was born in Daskovichy, near Grodno, in 1886. He studied in the yeshivos of Telz, Mir, Slabodka and Brisk and became a Rabbi who served in various Russian communities including Slutsk and Smolensk. He fought against the Soviet governments attempts to supress Jewish religion, and in 1931 was allowed to leave the … Continue reading Eretz Yisroel – Nachalas Am Yisroel – by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1945.
This book is subtitled '25 years of Jewish living in London'. Rabbi Schwartz was born about 1875 in Europe. He was a shochet (a ritual slaughterer), and this is his book, published two years before he died in 1948. He has a lot to say - 242 pages of Yiddish, in a small typeface, printed … Continue reading In Kamf Kegen Shtrom (In a struggle against the stream), by Rabbi Jacob Joseph Schwartz, London 1946
This is an interesting booklet, and I must state at the outset that I am writing about books and publications in my library. It is not my purpose to get into the question of whether gelatin is or is not kosher. Rabbi Kopul Kahana was born in Eisiskes, Lithuania, in 1895, studied in Lithuanian yeshivos … Continue reading Tshuva BeInyan Gelatin, by Rabbi Kopul Kahana, London 1966
I have previously written a little about Arthur Ellis Franklin, whose copy of the Selichos book of his day is in my collection. You can read about that here. He compiled this important family history, which was printed for private circulation in 1915. This book was obviously the result of much research, carried out long … Continue reading Records of the Franklin Family and Collaterals, by Arthur Ellis Franklin, London 1915.
In my collection of Jewish Year Books, 1947 is interesting because it reflects Jewish life in Britain after the war. It is also one of the years when the Federation of Synagogues had co-operated by supplying information. Come and join me as we go through the pages with London Synagogues. In 1947 there were 196 … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 1947, London, edited by Albert Hyamson – London Synagogues.
In 1966 the Jewish Historical Society of England published a book "Remember the Days" consisting of essays in honour of the historian, Cecil Roth. One of the essays, by Adolf Schischa, is entitled Hermann Adler, Yeshiva Bahur. Hermann Adler, the younger son of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, Dr. Nathan Marcus Adler (who … Continue reading Tzelach (Tzion Lenefesh Chaya) by Rabbi Yechezkel Halevi Landau, Sudlikov 1832 – and Rabbi Dr. Hermann Adler.
I only have the second volume of this work, which is unfortunate, because it starts in the middle. However, it does give me the opportunity to write about Rabbi Dziubas. The book itself is reproduced and edited from a manuscript that was at Montefiore College in Ramsgate, and was printed at the Narodiczky Press in … Continue reading Sepher Ha-Assufot, by Rabbi Elijah Carcasona, edited by Rabbi A. I. Dziubas, London 1942.
Rabbi Yoffey wrote three books. I have previously written about the first, Knesset Yisroel, published in 1910. The second was Tehiyas Yisroel, published in 1927. The third was this book, Shofar Yisroel. Rabbi Israel Jacob Yoffey was born in Wilkomir (Ukmerge) in Lithuania in 1874. His father-in-law Rabbi Joseph Yoffey had immigrated to England in … Continue reading Shofar Yisroel by Rabbi Israel Jacob Yoffey of Manchester, Kedainiai (Lithuania), 1931