Aliyos Eliyahu, by Rabbi Yehoshua Heshil Levin, Warsaw, 1901 – copy of Rabbi Hyman Levin of Leeds, England.

Aliyos Eliyahu is a book about Rabbi Eliyahu (HaGra), the Vilna Gaon. It is an interesting book in itself, but my interest is also that my copy once belonged to Rabbi Hyman Levin, also known as Chaim Levine, a Hebrew teacher and Rabbi of the Chevrah Chayei Adam of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in Leeds. (Not to be confused with Rev. Hyman Levin of the Great Synagogue in Manchester).

Chaim Levin was born on 10th April 1871, in Smolovitch, Minsk to Wolfe (Zev) and Rebecca Levin.  He emigrated to England between 1901, when his youngest daughters were born in Russia and 1911 when received British citizenship.  He died on July 7th 1927 and was buried in a prominent grave, Row A, grave number 1, in the Leeds Hill Top cemeteries.

Between 1908 and 1937, the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol was in Bridge Street, Leeds and had various other synagogues affiliated to it.  However, I have been unable to find out any information about the Chevrah Chayei Adam or any further information about Rabbi Levin.  If you know more, please contact me.

Here are a few scans of the book, which is available in a modern edition:




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