The Jewish Chronicle, London, 1915 – Advertisements, Announcements etc. (250th Post)

This is a bound volume of the Jewish Chronicle for 1915 that I added to my collection some years ago. The paper is a little fragile, but has held up well.  There is a noticeable downgrade in quality of paper towards the end of the year - something that would not be noticeable of I … Continue reading The Jewish Chronicle, London, 1915 – Advertisements, Announcements etc. (250th Post)

Terumas Hadeshen, by Rabbi Israel Isserlein, printed in Furth, 1778.

This is from my antique book collection, not my Anglo-Judaica collection, although, according to the Geni website the author, Rabbi Israel Isserlein was my 17th great grandfather. Rabbi Israel Isserlein was a very important late medieval rabbi, active in the mid-1400s.  The book's name comes from the practice in the Temple in Jerusalem of removing … Continue reading Terumas Hadeshen, by Rabbi Israel Isserlein, printed in Furth, 1778.

A Companion to the Authorized Daily Prayer Book of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire, London, 1922.

The quintessential Anglo-Jewish Hebrew and English Siddur, sometimes known as "Singers Prayer Book", was compiled by the Reverend Simeon Singer.  Rabbi Simeon Singer was born in London in 1846. He was educated at Jews College in London and while still there became a part-time Minister (in 1867 at the Borough Synagogue) and teacher.  He moved … Continue reading A Companion to the Authorized Daily Prayer Book of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire, London, 1922.

Commemorative Brochure of the Sixteenth Siyyum of the Halukat HaMishnah, Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London, 1965

Each of the participants in the Halukat Hamishna project undertakes to study a different Tractate of the Mishnah.  By that means the entire Mishna is learned within a few months.  This is followed by a siyum to mark its completion and the commencement of a new cycle.  I have previously written about the brochure that … Continue reading Commemorative Brochure of the Sixteenth Siyyum of the Halukat HaMishnah, Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London, 1965

Lord Meyor’s Show-Day 1837, by Wilfred Samuel, London 1950.

This interesting little item, an early Jewish Museum, London publication, caught my eye because of a family connection.  My late father and grandfather both used to buy jewellery from the firm of M. H. Meyer that is mentioned.  The author, Wilfred Sampson Samuel, was a British businessman and historian who was born in London in … Continue reading Lord Meyor’s Show-Day 1837, by Wilfred Samuel, London 1950.

Otzar Yisrael – Hebrew Encyclopedia, editied by Julius Eisenstein 1907-1913. Subscription Lists.

This is a ten volume set of encyclopedias, the first comprehensive encyclopedia in the Hebrew language.  The editor, Julius Eisenstein undertook this work in response to perceived limitations of the English Language Jewish Encyclopedia. Julius (Judah David) Eisenstein was born in Miedzyrzec Podlaski (known to the Jews as Mezirich) on November 12th, 1854.  In 1864 … Continue reading Otzar Yisrael – Hebrew Encyclopedia, editied by Julius Eisenstein 1907-1913. Subscription Lists.

HaChayim, April 1940 – Magazine of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Thrawl Street, London.

The Etz Chaim Yeshiva (Rabbinical School) in Thrawl Street, London was founded in 1909.  One of the founders was Rabbi Aaron Hyman, whom I have written about previously here. This book, printed by the Narodiczky Press in Whitechapel, is the April 1940 edition of HaChaim, the students’ magazine of the Yeshiva. It includes what may … Continue reading HaChayim, April 1940 – Magazine of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Thrawl Street, London.

Sefer Ikarim, by Rabbi Joseph Albo, Presburg, 1853 – copy of Rabbi Elie Munk of Paris.

My copy of Sefer Ikarim belonged to Rabbi Elie Munk.  Today, Sivan 3rd, is his 40th yahrzeit. The connection with Anglo Jewry is that he was the father-in law of Chief Rabbi Lord Immanuel Jakobovits. His first cousin was Rabbi Eli Munk of Golders Green, London.  Rabbi Munk (1900-1981), was district rabbi of Ansbach (Bavaria) … Continue reading Sefer Ikarim, by Rabbi Joseph Albo, Presburg, 1853 – copy of Rabbi Elie Munk of Paris.

Tercentenary Almanac – Loshen un Leben, in Yiddish, edited by A. N. Stencl, London 1956.

This anthology, a book of 232 pages, printed by the Narod Press in Whitechapel, was edited by Avrum Nochem Stencl, the Yiddish poet and writer, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the modern settlement of Jews in Britain. Avrum Nochum Stencl (pronounced Shtentsel) was known in his later years as the Yiddish poet of Whitechapel. … Continue reading Tercentenary Almanac – Loshen un Leben, in Yiddish, edited by A. N. Stencl, London 1956.

The Philip Goldberg Memorial Book (Kovetz Tefilos), London 1962. Includes the Memorial Prayer (Yizkor) for the British Chief Rabbis.

Philip Goldberg was born in Liverpool in 1887 and served in the Artists' Rifles during the First World War. He was appointed Secretary of the Council of the United Synagogue and the Burial Society in 1920, retiring in 1947. Many British Machzorim (Festival Prayer books) include wording in Yizkor (the Memorial Prayer) that "here are … Continue reading The Philip Goldberg Memorial Book (Kovetz Tefilos), London 1962. Includes the Memorial Prayer (Yizkor) for the British Chief Rabbis.