Kerem HaTzvi, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, Vienna, 1920.

KeremHatzvi01This is the first edition of the first part of Rabbi Ferber’s seminal work,  and commentary on the Chumash (Pentateuch), Kerem HaTzvi, which he titled in English “The Vineyard of Beauty” – not the Vineyard of the Deer, as one might expect.  It is nicely bound but was only the first part – Bereishis (Genesis) because Rabbi Ferber only had funds to finance the first part. Later volumes were printed in London.

Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber was born in Kovno, Lithuania, in 1879. He was a renowned Torah and Talmudic scholar who had studied in the Slabodka Yeshiva.  He emigrated to Manchester, England in 1911 and was appointed the first Principal of the new Manchester Yeshiva (Rabbinical School), which was founded by Rabbis Yehoshua Dov Silverstone, Yisroel Yoffey, Menachem Dagutski and Hershel Levin.  In 1913 Rabbi Ferber moved to London and became the Rabbi and leader of the West End Talmud Torah Synagogue (Kehilas Yeshurun) in Soho, London. Much has been written about him, including his memoirs of his early life edited by Rabbi Pini Dunner – click on a sample here

KeremHatzvi02Rabbi Ferber was a prolific author and was renowned as a riveting orator who gave his sermons in Yiddish. He was active in communal affairs, and established the Chesed V’emeth Burial Society in 1915. He was for many years the honorary secretary of the London “Vaad Harabonim” (Rabbinical Council of the Federation of Synagogues) and chairman of the Association of London Rabbis (“Hisachdus Harabonim”). He was a member of the World Rabbinical council of Agudas Yisroel.  He closely collaborated with Rabbi Dr Meir Jung and Rabbi Dr Victor Schonfeld in communal issues. He was a friend of Rabbi Kook, Chief Rabbi of Palestine, from the time that the latter was Rabbi of Machzike Hadath in London. Rabbi Ferber died in November 1966.

Here is his introduction:

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