Otsar Chochma, edited by Rabbi Joseph Kohen Zedek, Lemberg, 1865.

I have written before about Rabbi Joseph Kohen Zedek's books, Theological Discourses, published in London in 1878 in English - three years after he settled in London, and Ohr Chadash, printed in Hebrew in London in 1881. However, Rabbi Kohn Zedek was an author and editor long before he came to London.  This book is … Continue reading Otsar Chochma, edited by Rabbi Joseph Kohen Zedek, Lemberg, 1865.

Moses by Achad Ha-Am, translated from Hebrew to English by Leon Simon, London 1917.

This is another early Zionist pamphlet, originally written in Hebrew in 1904 and translated into English by Leon Simon.  It was published in 1917, the year of the Balfour Declaration, by "The Zionist" in London (but printed in Leeds). Achad Ha-Am, which means 'one of the people' was the pen name of Asher Zvi Hirsch … Continue reading Moses by Achad Ha-Am, translated from Hebrew to English by Leon Simon, London 1917.

Loshen un Leben, for November 1946 (75 years ago), edited by A. N. Stencl, London.

Avrom Nochem Stencl came to London in 1936.  He was born in Poland, into a rabbinical family, and had lived in Germany for some years, where he was a published author.  His first volume of poetry in London was published in 1937.  I have previously written about his book Yerushalayim, a book of songs, ballads … Continue reading Loshen un Leben, for November 1946 (75 years ago), edited by A. N. Stencl, London.

Order of Service to be used at the Great Synagogue on Tuesday, June 23rd, 5651 – 1891, at the installation of The Rev. Dr. Hermann Adler as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire.

This item, scanned below, speaks for itself.  Click here to read about how Hermann Adler received both Semicha (his Rabbinical Diploma) and a Doctorate during his 18 month stay in Prague.

The Jewish Travel Guide, 1964, by ‘Green Flag’ (F. H. Samuel), London 1964, Jewish Chronicle Publications.

This book is in my Anglo-Judaica collection for nostalgia. It was compiled by 'Green Flag". This was the pseudonym of F. H. Samuel, a long-time Jewish Chronicle journalist who worked for the Jewish Chronicle for over 50 years. He started as the office boy and ended as a respected journalist, edited the travel column for … Continue reading The Jewish Travel Guide, 1964, by ‘Green Flag’ (F. H. Samuel), London 1964, Jewish Chronicle Publications.

Moledet No. 9 – published by the Jewish National Fund Education Department, London 1954.

I just bought this childrens' magazine for my collection, and was so pleased with it that I decided to write about it.  It is beautifully produced and illustrated with 96 pages plus a fold-out map of Israel. Perhaps a little expensive for 1954 - priced at two shillings. The first name in the list of … Continue reading Moledet No. 9 – published by the Jewish National Fund Education Department, London 1954.

Zionism and the Jewish Religion, by F. S. Spiers, London 1918.

Frederick Solomon Spiers, OBE, wrote this booklet, originally in 1915, published by the Zionist Organization in London.  He is another almost forgotten leader and activist of Anglo-Jewry.  Yet, at his funeral at Willesden Cemetery in 1926 - he died of a heart ailment at the early age of 50 - the mourners included the elite … Continue reading Zionism and the Jewish Religion, by F. S. Spiers, London 1918.

The Interlineary Hebrew and English Psalter, London 1845.

This is simply Sefer Tehilim - the Book of Psalms, published in London by Samuel Bagster and Sons.  I particularly like this edition for two reasons.  One is that the Hebrew root of each word is designated by being printed in black, while the other letters are hollow.  This makes the entire book a grammatical … Continue reading The Interlineary Hebrew and English Psalter, London 1845.

Palestine and the Jewish Future, by Berl Locker, London, 1942.

This booklet, by Berl Locker, sets out the case for resettling large numbers of Jewish refugees who would survive the war (remember - this was written early in 1942) in the territory of Palestine.  It is very readable and goes through recent history, as it was at that time.  He writes about Jewish Socialism, antisemitism … Continue reading Palestine and the Jewish Future, by Berl Locker, London, 1942.