This is a book by another almost forgotten rabbi. Known in England as Reverend Morris Schwartz, he was the son of Rabbi Ezriel Schwartz, a schochet (ritual slaughterer) of Satmar. He was born in Europe in 1897 and emigrated to England around 1926. He is listed as Reverend Schwartz in the Jewish Year books for 1932 and 1947 as the Reader of the Portsmouth Synagogue, one of the oldest established communities in England.
In about 1949 he emigrated to the United States where he became Rabbi of Sharah Tefilla, a synagogue in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was later a Chazan (Cantor) at a synagogue in New York. He died in Westchester County, New York, in 1988.
The book itself includes material from Talmudic, Midrash and Cabbalistic sources on bereavement and the destiny of the soul, and similar themes. It includes all the laws and regulations about the recital of memorial prayers, and other practices of mourning.
In addition, and of great interest are the haskomos (approbations) from 25 rabbis, including both important rabbis of Europe, and major British orthodox rabbis – but noticeably not the Anglo-Jewish establishment. The book was printed in Romania.
One thought on “Hoil Moshe and Zvadin Leorcha, on bereavement and death, by Rabbi Moshe (Morris) Schwartz of Portsmouth, England, 1936, with an amazing 25 approbations.”
He was my much loved grandfather