The Jewish Year Book, London, 1907, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Provincial Communities

By 1907 the Jewish Year Book was in its twelfth year of publication, and was packed with useful information about the Jewish community in the British Empire. The editor, Reverend Isidore Harris, was born in London in 1853, and educated at Jews College and University College, London. He was appointed Minister of the West London … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book, London, 1907, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Provincial Communities

Igeret Rav Sherira Gaon (The Letter of Rabbi Sherira, Gaon) by Rabbi Aaron Hyman, London 1910.

Rabbi Aaron Hyman was known for publishing rabbinical reference books, which have been reprinted and are still in use today.  He had previously published Bet Vaad Lechochamim (which I have written about previously) and had just published Toldos Tannaim VeAmoraim.  This last work, in three volumes with 1,250 pages, is an alphabetical biographical dictionary of … Continue reading Igeret Rav Sherira Gaon (The Letter of Rabbi Sherira, Gaon) by Rabbi Aaron Hyman, London 1910.

Sefer Ein Habdolach, Rabbi Chaim Zvi Mannheim, New York, 1938, with Prenumeranten.

This book is not part of my Anglo-Judaica collection.  It is included because it has such an interesting list of subscribers (prenumeranten), from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Mannheimer was born in 1814.  He was educated at the yeshiva of the Chasam Sofer.   His first rabbinical position was at Shutelsdorf.  … Continue reading Sefer Ein Habdolach, Rabbi Chaim Zvi Mannheim, New York, 1938, with Prenumeranten.

Post Office Directory of London, 1927 – East End Streets and Synagogues.

This huge book is not Anglo-Judaica but it is packed with thousands of pages of information.  As a sample, I've chosen some streets in the East End of London, including several with synagogues, which establishes their addresses.  There are hundreds of small shops and businesses.  These scans also demonstrate the large numbers of Jewish families, … Continue reading Post Office Directory of London, 1927 – East End Streets and Synagogues.

Der Mishpat – Judgement, a play by Morris Katz, London 1949

Morris Katz (Pinkhes Moyshe Kats) was born in Lodz in 1901, left Poland in 1925 and lived in Czechoslovakia and then Antwerp, Belgium, before fleeing to London in 1940. He emigrated to the United States in 1950. He was a dentist and Yiddish writer who contributed to various Yiddish newspapers, including the daily Yiddish newspaper … Continue reading Der Mishpat – Judgement, a play by Morris Katz, London 1949

Gheto Lieder – Ghetto Poems by Philip Max Raskin, Yiddish, Leeds, England, 1910.

Philip Max (Feivl Mordecai) Raskin was born in Shklov on December 24th, 1880.  He had a good secular education, including the Polytechnical School in Zurich.  In 1899 he emigrated to England and graduated from the Royal School for Literature and Science in Leeds.  He worked for the Leeds City Health department for a number of … Continue reading Gheto Lieder – Ghetto Poems by Philip Max Raskin, Yiddish, Leeds, England, 1910.

Aliyos Eliyahu, by Rabbi Yehoshua Heshil Levin, Warsaw, 1901 – copy of Rabbi Hyman Levin of Leeds, England.

Aliyos Eliyahu is a book about Rabbi Eliyahu (HaGra), the Vilna Gaon. It is an interesting book in itself, but my interest is also that my copy once belonged to Rabbi Hyman Levin, also known as Chaim Levine, a Hebrew teacher and Rabbi of the Chevrah Chayei Adam of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in Leeds. … Continue reading Aliyos Eliyahu, by Rabbi Yehoshua Heshil Levin, Warsaw, 1901 – copy of Rabbi Hyman Levin of Leeds, England.

The Jewish Year Book, London, 1900, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Jews who served in British forces in the South African (Boer) War.

By 1900 the Jewish Year Book was in its fifth year of publication, and was packed with useful information about the Jewish community in the British Empire. The original editor, Joseph Jacobs, had gone to the United States to work on the Jewish Encyclopedia.  The new editor, Reverend Isidore Harris, was born in London in … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book, London, 1900, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Jews who served in British forces in the South African (Boer) War.

Sefer Zichrom Moshe al Talmud Yerushalmi by Rabbi Moshe Pinsker, London, 1934.

In his later years, Rabbi Morris Pinsker was the Rav of the New Road Synagogue, which was at 115 New Road in the East End of London.  It was built in 1891-92 on a large plot of vacant ground behind nos 113 to 119 New Road.  It was the first purpose-built synagogue built by the … Continue reading Sefer Zichrom Moshe al Talmud Yerushalmi by Rabbi Moshe Pinsker, London, 1934.

Sefer Nachalat Zvi, by Rabbi Zvi HaCohen, Venice 1661.

  This book, from my antique Hebrew book collection, was printed by the printer Bragadin in Venice in 1661 on the 100th anniversary of the printing of the Shulchan Aruch.  It is a commentary on the Even HaEzer (literally stone of help) section of the Shulchan Aruch which is about Jewish family law, including marriage … Continue reading Sefer Nachalat Zvi, by Rabbi Zvi HaCohen, Venice 1661.