Rabbi Yudelowitz, although, perhaps better known for the last 22 years of his life, when he was in the United States, was a Rav in Manchester, England, for ten years, from 1898 to 1908. He was born at Novardok, Russia, in 1850 and was recognised as a child prodigy. In 1871, at the age of … Continue reading Yad Hashem on Megilas Esther by Rabbi Abraham Aaron Yudelowitz, New York, 1923.
This book is from my antique books, not my Anglo-Judaica collection, and is a most appropriate book for Purim in a time of plague, such as COVID. The story behind the book, which the Rema explains in his introduction, is that the Rema was forced to leave Cracow for Shidlow because of an outbreak of … Continue reading Mechir Yayin (The Price of Wine) by Rabbi Moses Isserles (The Rema) on Megillas Esther, (Warsaw), 1866.
This little book is a compendium of laws, customs and ethical directives written by Rabbi Avrohom Halevy Horowitz, father of Rabbi Isaiah Halevy Horowitz. Rabbi Isaiah Halevy Horowitz is known as the Shelah Hakodosh after the initials of his great work, Shnei Luchos Habris. It includes comments by the author's son Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz. There … Continue reading Yesh Nochlin, by Rabbi Avrohom Halevy Horowitz, Amsterdam, 1701
This interesting 200+ page paperback book contains historical facts, stories and legends about the founder of Chassidism, Rabbi Israel, known as the Baal Shem Tov or Besht. The author, Morris Myer was born in Romania in 1879. He came to London in 1902 and worked as a journalist. He was known as a writer, an … Continue reading Reb Yisroel Baal Shem Tov by Morris Myer, London 1942.
The Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry (AACI), formed in December 1945, was created to study the situation of Jewish survivors in Europe and the problems connected with their resettlement in Palestine. Composed of six British and six American members, the Committee was charged with gathering information and making recommendations on, first, the effect of Jewish immigration … Continue reading Memorandum submitted to the Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry into the Jewish Problem in Europe and the Future of Palestine by the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, London 1946.
As well as the long series of Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England, which are records of lectures given at Society meeting, the JHSE has also issued a series of "Miscellanies", of which this was the first one, published in 1925. (I have them all in my collection). I like the word Miscellanies … Continue reading Miscellanies of the Jewish Historical Society of England, Part I, London 1925.
I have written before about Rabbi Shemariyah Menasheh Adler, an erudite talmudist and controversial figure who was not afraid to take on and sharply critique rulings of the prominent British Rabbonim of his day. Rabbi Menasheh Adler was born in Warsaw in 1872 and died in Brighton, England on May 24th, 1959. He was a … Continue reading Mareh Cohen, by Reb Shemariya Menasheh Adler, London 1919. The 200th blog post.
It is fifty years since we all gathered in Brussels, and my list, which I picked up at the Conference, has now become an item of historic Judaica. As I was there, this is a more personal posting than usual. All the Soviet Jewry activists of the day, as well as major representatives of the … Continue reading World Conference of Jewish Communities on Soviet Jewry, February 23-25, Brussels, Belgium. List of Delegates.
This is an interesting Antique Hebrew book with, as we shall see, a distant British connection to Dayan Samuel Jacob Hillman. The book consists of Novellae (Chidushim) to the tractates Pesachim, Hullin and Bava Basra. The first part, Chidushei Halachos, summarizes each topic on the basis if the Talmud and its commentaries, and the second, … Continue reading Eshel Avraham, by Rabbi Abraham Broda, First Edition, 1747, Frankfort on Main.
Synagogue newsletters and bulletins tend not to be preserved - they get thrown away. The articles are often just recirculated from other publications or of mediocre quality. However, these newsletters and magazines are records that demonstrate the Jewish life of that community and the advertisements demonstrate support of the members. Here are some scans from … Continue reading Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation, Glasgow, Synagogue Bulletin, Pesach 1959