Rabbi Joshua (Shiya) Szpetman was a native of Lublin, who had already been a Rosh Yeshiva in Poland when he emigrated to London. He was the Rabbi of the Nelson Street Sephardishe Synagogue from the 1930s until his death in 1964. We should say a word about the Nelson Street Synagogue. It is the survivor … Continue reading Likvod Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Rabbi Yehoshua Szpetman, London, 1957 (Yiddish).
The 1940 Jewish Year Book was the first to separate Wales from the rest of "The Provinces". The information was compiled in 1939, and so this listing gives a picture of the Jews of Wales on the eve of the Second World War. Newport has been included here, although it is listed in England in … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book, London, 1940 – The Jews of Wales.
These are two nicely bound copies of the Festival Prayers, according to the custom of the German and Polish Jews, translated by Rev. D. A. De Sola, Minister of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews (at Bevis Marks). They were printed and published by P. Vallentine in 1860. The first one belonged to Mrs. E. Gompers. … Continue reading Two Pesach Machzorim, both Rev. D. A. De Sola, London, 1860.
Here is another interesting British Haggadah. It was published in London by M. L. Cailingold in 1939 and apparently sponsored by Lloyd Rakusen and sons (see the last image below). M. L. Cailingold was owned by Moshe Leib Cailingold (pronounced Tzailingold) who came from a bookselling family in Warsaw and died in 1967. He arrived … Continue reading Haggadah Shel Pesach, M. L. Cailingold, London 1939
This is the classic Children's Haggadah. I was given one (not this copy) as soon as I could read Hebrew. This famous Haggadah was by Rabbi Abraham Moritz Silbermann, who was born in Hungary and had Semicha from the Berlin Rabbinical Seminary. He was a publisher and bookseller. It was illustrated by Erwin Singer, a … Continue reading The Children’s Haggadah, Abraham Morritz Silberman, Erwin Singer, Isidore Wartski, Arthur Saul Super, London 1948
This book is a play in four acts, but before we begin with the authors, I would like to mention the paper wrappers which are reproduced below and include some advertising and a splendid list of Jewish sheet music available from the London Hebrew Publishing Company, Mazin & Co. Ltd., 141 Whitechapel Road. Max Miltone, … Continue reading Khaos oder Mendel Der Stolier oder Di Letste Yudishe Hofnung (Chaos, or Mendel the Carpenter or The Last Jewish Hope), by Max and Julian Miltone, London 1909.
Myer Joel Wigoder was a lay-scholar who published fifteen works on Midrashic and Aggadic topics. He was born in the village of Vigoda, near Vexna, Lithuania in 1855 and had a thorough Yeshiva education. Upon losing all his possessions in a fire in the town of Laizovo soon after he was married, he emigrated in … Continue reading Beis Evel and Beis HaRoeh by Myer Joel Wigoder of Dublin, Ireland, Jerusalem 1914.
That famous bastion of orthodoxy, the Machzike Hadas Synagogue, off Brick Lane in the East End of London, had been without a Rav since the great Rabbi Werner had died in 1912. During the First World War, Rav Kook was in London and was Rav of the Machzike Hadas, which was really a community, not … Continue reading Rosh Milin, by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook, London 1917.
I've written before about a similar book by Jacob Meyer Zalkind, the Talmud in Yiddish on Masseches Berachos. Both of these are in the order Zerayim, but Peah is only in the Jerusalem Talmud. Yaakov Meir Zalkind, or Dr. Yankev-Meyer Zalkind was an orthodox Rabbi, an anarchist friend of Rudolf Rocker and a pacifist. He … Continue reading The Talmud in Yiddish, Masseches Peah (Yerushalmi), Dr. Jacob Meyer Zalkind, London 1928.
I have previously included extracts of lists of London Synagogues from other editions of The Jewish Year Book Here is 1903. Here is 1947. This time I have taken a year in between - 1927. In 1927 the Jewish Year Book was edited by Rev. S. Levy. Unfortunately the Federation of Synagogues did not provide … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 1927 – London Synagogues.