I have written before about Rabbi Shemariyah Menasheh Adler, an erudite talmudist and controversial figure who was not afraid to take on and sharply critique rulings of the prominent British Rabbonim of his day. Rabbi Menasheh Adler was born in Warsaw in 1872 and died in Brighton, England on May 24th, 1959. He was a … Continue reading Mareh Cohen, by Reb Shemariya Menasheh Adler, London 1919. The 200th blog post.
It is fifty years since we all gathered in Brussels, and my list, which I picked up at the Conference, has now become an item of historic Judaica. As I was there, this is a more personal posting than usual. All the Soviet Jewry activists of the day, as well as major representatives of the … Continue reading World Conference of Jewish Communities on Soviet Jewry, February 23-25, Brussels, Belgium. List of Delegates.
This is an interesting Antique Hebrew book with, as we shall see, a distant British connection to Dayan Samuel Jacob Hillman. The book consists of Novellae (Chidushim) to the tractates Pesachim, Hullin and Bava Basra. The first part, Chidushei Halachos, summarizes each topic on the basis if the Talmud and its commentaries, and the second, … Continue reading Eshel Avraham, by Rabbi Abraham Broda, First Edition, 1747, Frankfort on Main.
Synagogue newsletters and bulletins tend not to be preserved - they get thrown away. The articles are often just recirculated from other publications or of mediocre quality. However, these newsletters and magazines are records that demonstrate the Jewish life of that community and the advertisements demonstrate support of the members. Here are some scans from … Continue reading Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation, Glasgow, Synagogue Bulletin, Pesach 1959
This book is not from my usual Anglo-Judaica collection, which I write about on this site, but from my Antique Judaica collection, and has an interesting subscription (prenumeranten) list , which we will come to. The original hand-made binding is also interesting, with its decorative leather shield. Rabbi Mordechai Rabbiner was born at Sloboda, a … Continue reading Sefer Gedulas Mordechai, by Rabbi Mordechai ben Avraham Rabbiner of Boisk (Bauska), Vilna 1878
This little booklet is the report of the Jews' Orphan Society for Educating, Clothing, Maintaining, and Apprenticing Orphan children of the Congregation. The Hebrew title of the Society means 'Gates of Light and Father of the Orphans'. It was one of the oldest Anglo-Jewish charities, having been founded in 1703, originally at 10 Bevis Marks, … Continue reading Shaare Orah VeAve Yetumim – Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Orphan Society, Report 5669-70 – 1909, London.
This is a relatively modern book, but is important because of its description of this prominent Synagogue and its community. In the middle of the nineteenth century the Synagogue organization of London had remained unaltered since the middle of the previous century. the community who lived in the West End were affiliated to one of … Continue reading The Bayswater Synagogue 1863-1963, Olga Somech Phillips and Hyman A. Simons, London 1963.
"Productivisation," is a collection of short stories in Yiddish by the longtime journalist Y. A. Lisky, who fled anti-Semitism in Vienna and ran England's longest-surviving secular Yiddish newspaper until he was 89.His real name was Yude Itamar Fuks, and he was the brother of the writer A. M. Fuks. He was born in Yezerna in … Continue reading Produktivizatsye – Productivisation – Short Stories by Y. A. Lisky, London 1937.
Myer Joel Wigoder was born in the village of Vigoda, near Vexna, Lithuania in 1855. He had a thorough Yeshiva education and after various trials and tribulations left Lithuania in search of a better place to economically establish his young family. He travelled to Dublin, Ireland, and was eventually joined by his brother, Doctor George … Continue reading Chayei Olam and Beis Haknesses by Myer Joel Wigoder of Dublin, Ireland, (1936?)
This is in my Antique Sforim collection, to make a change from the Anglo Judaica collection that I usually write about. This volume, Tractate Zevachim, was printed by Emanuel Benveniste, who is believed to have been born in Spain, and came to Amsterdam via Italy. He lived in Vlooienburg, an area where many Sephardic Jews … Continue reading Talmud – Masseches Zevachim,Amsterdam, Imanuel Benveniste, 1647