Dinei Mamanot (Civil Law – Definition of Categories) by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1939.

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This important little booklet was published by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky in London in 1939, and printed by Israel Narodiczky in Whitechapel, London. 

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It has been reprinted in Israel, and sometimes gets quoted in various articles on Jewish law, but this is the original printing.

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 government’s attempts to suppress Jewish religion, and in 1931 was allowed to leave the Soviet Union in exchange for some German communist prisoners.

Coming to London, in 1931 he became Rabbi of the Machzike Hadath community in Brick Lane. In 1934 he became Rosh Beth Din of the London Beth Din (the Rabbinical Court). This was a bold move by the United Synagogue – to appoint a black coated Haredi Rabbi to lead the Beth Din, and he steered the Beth Din towards orthodox acceptability. He held this post for seventeen years.

Dayan Abramsky was a prolific writer, and I have previously written about a slightly later booklet of his, Eretz Yisroel, Nachalas Am Yisroel, which was printed in 1945, as well as others.

You will notice a couple of hand-written corrections on the first page, which could have been done by the printer, or by Dayan Abramsky himself.

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