Sefer Hayeled – a gift book for Jewish children, London 1944.

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This is not just a childrens’ book.  It is an evocative piece of social history, consisting of material that had been previously published in Hayeled – (The Child), a magazine intended for children who had been evacuated from London during the Second World War.  The book effectively provides instructions for children on how to live as orthodox Jews when they are not with their families.  It is also interesting because of the number of important British Rabbonim who contributed material.

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The Keren HaTorah Committee, under the Presidency of Dayan Abramsky, was concerned about the Jewish education of thousands of Jewish children during the war, who were evacuated from their homes, often without parents. Hayeled was a project designed to connect with all the scattered Jewish children.

The scans below are just a selection from 160 pages.  The Table of Contents displays both the wide scope, the large amount of general information intended for children and youth and also the interesting authors.

The authors include:

  • Rabbi Dr. Isaac Emil Lichtigfeld, who was a German lawyer who emigrated to tLondon in 1933 and decided to become a Rabbi.  In 1954 he returned to Germany as Rabbi of Frankfurt Am Main.
  • Dayan Lazarus of the London Beth Din.
  • Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schonfeld.
  • Rev. Jonah Indech of Newbury, later to become Rabbi Indech of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation.
  • Rabbi J. Ellison of Hexham.
  • Rev. A. L. Rubinstein of Glasgow.
  • Rev. Immanuel Jakobovitz, later to become Chief Rabbi Lord Jakobovits
  • Rabbi E. Munk of Golders Green.
  • Rev. (later Rabbi) Shalom Barron of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation.

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