This book was written in honour of Rabbi Dr. Samuel Daiches, who had completed 25 years as a Lecturer at Jews College, London in 1932.
Samuel Daiches was born in 1878 in Vilna. His father, Rabbi Israel Hayyim Daiches, emigrated to England with his family and became a Rabbi in Leeds. I have previously written about Rabbi Israel Hayyim Daiches’ book of sermons, Derashos Mahariach. Samuel Daiches’ brother, Rabbi Salis Daiches, was Rabbi of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Samuel Daiches studied with his father and at the Berlin Rabbinical Seminary. After serving as rabbi at Sunderland, he became lecturer in Bible, Talmud, and Midrash at Jews’ College, London, in 1908. He also took an active part in the work of B’nai B’rith, the Anglo-Jewish Association, the British Board of Deputies, the Jewish Agency, and Jewish relief organizations. I have an interesting book by him, written in 1915 entitled Lord Kitchener and his work in Palestine.
The table of contents reads like a Who’s Who of British Rabbonim and lay leaders. Many of them were, at the time at posts early in their careers, and it is quite interesting to see at which synagogue each had a position.
I do not know who originally owned my copy – there is no signature – but there are some interesting manuscript pages included, apparently from the time of the Second World War, including a prayer in English to be used in a shelter during the Blitz.
As a seasonal choice I have included a scan of Rev. S. I. Solomons sermon for Shabbos Chol HaMoed Succos (the intermediate Sabbath of the holiday of Tabernacles) on Koheles (the book of Ecclesiastes). S. I. Solomons was the ‘Reader’ of the Singers Hill Synagogue in Birmingham during the 1930s, and the Assistant Rabbi from about 1949.