Hoil Moshe and Zvadin Leorcha, on bereavement and death, by Rabbi Moshe (Morris) Schwartz of Portsmouth, England, 1936, with an amazing 25 approbations.

MSchwartz01This 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. 

MSchwartz02In 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.

MSchwartz03In 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.

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Rabbi Yehuda Greenwald of Satmar
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Rabbi Akiva Sofer of Pressburg
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Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky of London
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Rabbi Moshe Gaster of the sephardic community of London
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Rabbi Moshe Bunim Kraus of Baden
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Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber of London
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Rabbi David Halberstam if Sokolow
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Chief Rabbi Isaac Halevy Herzog of Dublin
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Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Deutch of Prague
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Rabbi Yehuda Unterman of Liverpool
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Rabbi Meir Greenwald of Tetsh, Czeckoslovakia
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Rabbi Betzalel (Salis) Daiches of Edinburgh
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Rabbi Moshe Yitzchak Segal of Manchester
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Rabbi Meir Leib Freya of Shuran, Czeckoslovakia
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Rabbi Eli Lopian of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva, London
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Rabbi Bintamin Beinish Atlas of Glasgow, Scotland

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Rabbi David Feldman of Manchester

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Rabbis Yeshiyahu Kleinman and Chaim Halberstam of Satmar
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Rabbi Mordechai Strasser of Sala, Czeckoslovakia
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Rabbi Shamai Shickler of Marienbad
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Rabbi Yosef Abeles
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Rabbi Yehuda Tzvi Katz
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Rabbi Azriel Schwartz

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