This is the 1917 edition of the Jewish Year Book, which was published by the Jewish Chronicle and produced under difficult wartime conditions as a paperback with thinner paper. However, it is absolutely packed with information - a printed snapshot of the Anglo-Jewish community in 1917. I cannot scan it all, and so I have … Continue reading Jewish Year Book, London 1917, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Manchester
This is the 1917 edition of the Jewish Year Book, which was published by the Jewish Chronicle and produced under difficult wartime conditions as a paperback with thinner paper. However, it is absolutely packed with information - a printed snapshot of the Anglo-Jewish community in 1917. I cannot scan it all, and so I have … Continue reading Jewish Year Book 1917, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – and Jewish Friendly and Benefit Societies
This is, I think, the smallest item in my library. In 1938 W. A. and A. C. Churchman issued a set of cigarette cards, entitled 'In Town Tonight' with a series of London personalities. Rev. Louis Shaposnick (1909 - 1982) was probably the only rabbi to ever be depicted on a cigarette card. Here he … Continue reading Cigarette Card – Rev. Louis Levy Shaposnick of the Great Garden Street Synagogue, Churchmans Cigarettes, 1938
Rabbi Raffalovich is another of the forgotten British Rabbis. He is usually remembered for his time as Chief Rabbi of Brazil. However, he was first in Manchester and then Rabbi in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, and then for 20 years Rabbi of the Hope Place Synagogue in Liverpool. He also did something that I urge … Continue reading Tziunim ve-Tamrurim, by Rabbi Isaiah Raffalovich, Tel Aviv, 1952
This item is a single page from the London Newspaper The Graphic. With descriptions by Lucien Woolf, it depicts the members of the London Beth Din at a crucial time in 1906, just before the Federation of Synagogues withdrew Dayan Chaikin from the London Beth Din. It also provides us with striking images of the … Continue reading “Beth Hamedrash & Beth Din”, (House of Learning & Judgement) – A Jewish Court, from The Graphic, August 11th, 1906
Below you will find a complete copy of Hayehoody - The Jew - which was a weekly Hebrew newspaper written, edited, typeset and printed by one man - Rabbi Isaac Suwalsky. I have seen a bound volume of these in the National Library in Jerusalem. I have one copy, which is printed on paper that … Continue reading Hayehoody – Hebrew Newspaper, edited and printed by Rabbi Isaac Suwalsky, London 14th April 1908.
This is a very large sized folio book with a remarkable collaboration between two heavyweights. The first is Rabbi (later Dayan) Samuel Isaac Hillman of London. This is one of his series of books called Ohr HaYashar, with his commentaries and novella on various tractates of the Talmud. This one is on Bechoros. The second … Continue reading Sefer Ohr Hayashar by Rabbi Samuel Isaac Hillman of London on Tractate Bechoros, with a Kuntres (article) by his son-in-law, Rabbi Isaac Halevy Herzog of Dublin, Ireland, London 1921
Rabbi Yoel Halevi Herzog (1866-1934) was born in Lomza. He was a member of an illustrious family. His son Isaac Herzog became Chief Rabbi of Ireland, and then Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of Palestine. His Mechutan (father of his daughter-in-law) was Dayan Shmuel Isaac Hillman, a famed Rabbi and author, whose son David Hillman was the … Continue reading Sefer Imre Yoel on Sefer Shemos, by Rabbi Yoel Leib Halevi Herzog, London 1922
This was the very first book printed by Israel Narodiczky, probably the most important Hebrew and Yiddish printer in London in the 20th Century. He was born in Zhitomir in the Ukraine in 1874 and studied at the Yeshiva of Volozhin. Back in Zhitomir he learned to be a typesetter in a print shop on … Continue reading Sefer Pirchei Chemed – The Delightful Flowers by Matityahu Levin, London 1901
This is an example of early Hebrew printing in England. The earliest book printed by a Jewish printer was printed in 1770. This book, published in 1742, demonstrates that Hebrew typefaces were available in the British Isles at an earlier period when the only Hebrew printing was done by non-Jews. My copy has a fine … Continue reading The book of Job (Iyov) – Liber Jobi in versiculos metrice divisus; accedit canticum Moysis, Richard Grey, 1742.