Chut HaShani, by Rabbi Yair Chaim Bacharach, Frankfurt on Main, 1679.

This is another book from my antique Hebrew book collection - nothing to do with Anglo-Jewry. Rabbi Yair Chayim Bacharach was a major and important rabbi of the 17th century. He is sometimes referred to as the Chavos Yair, after the title of his book Chavos Yair - but that is a later work than … Continue reading Chut HaShani, by Rabbi Yair Chaim Bacharach, Frankfurt on Main, 1679.

The Historie of the Holy Warre, Second edition, Thomas Fuller, London, 1640.

I bought this many years ago from a book dealer in Borough Park, Brooklyn, New York. I don't know how it ended up there, as its provenance (as we shall see) is Hertfordshire, England. My copy also has a map. often missing from other copies, which is of interest, as well as a nicely engraved … Continue reading The Historie of the Holy Warre, Second edition, Thomas Fuller, London, 1640.

Talmud: Moed Katan, Frankfurt Am Main, 1720.

This is not the Anglo-Judaica that I usually write about, but a book from my  antique Judaica collection. It is a copy of a small tractate (massechet in Hebrew) of the Talmud, called Moed Katan (Little Festival), and was printed in Frankfurt Am Main in 1720.  It deals with the laws that pertain to the … Continue reading Talmud: Moed Katan, Frankfurt Am Main, 1720.

Sefer Lashon Zahav, by British Chief Rabbi David Tevele Schiff, Offenbach, 1822.

Sefer Lashon Zahav was written by Rabbi David Tevele HaKohen Schiff.  It gets its title because the values of the Hebrew letters in both the word Zahav and the name David add up to fourteen. Rabbi David Tevele Schiff served as Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Rabbi of the Great Synagogue of London … Continue reading Sefer Lashon Zahav, by British Chief Rabbi David Tevele Schiff, Offenbach, 1822.

The B. Strauss Library and Sefer Turei Even by Rabbi Arieh Leib Gunzberg (the Shaagas Arieh), Vilna, 1835 – the 300th Post!

Berthold-Baruch Strauss, born in 1901,  was a book collector, originally from Leipzig in Germany, who came to England with his private library in 1933, and was able to add to it significantly in Britain until his early death in 1962. During the Blitz he moved his collection temporarily to Chesham in Buckinghamshire, where other refugees … Continue reading The B. Strauss Library and Sefer Turei Even by Rabbi Arieh Leib Gunzberg (the Shaagas Arieh), Vilna, 1835 – the 300th Post!

The Old Castle Street Synagogue and Pri Chadash by Rabbi Hezekiah Da Silva, Fuerth, 1769.

Sometimes I buy a book just because of the association - in this case, a copy of the 1769 printing of Pri Chadash with a book stamp of the Old Castle Street Synagogue, 42 Old Castle Street in the East End of London. It was known as Agudath Achim and Gemiluth Chesedim, and later Agudat … Continue reading The Old Castle Street Synagogue and Pri Chadash by Rabbi Hezekiah Da Silva, Fuerth, 1769.

Schwile Olam, by Abraham Menachem Mendel Mohr, Lemberg 1856.

This is a geography book with an interesting dedication to Sir David Salomons, the first Jewish Lord Mayor of London. The author, Menachem Mendel Mohr, was born in Lemberg in 1815.  He came from a traditional household, but became part of the Haskalah (The Jewish "enlightenment") and began to read secular works and gain secular … Continue reading Schwile Olam, by Abraham Menachem Mendel Mohr, Lemberg 1856.

Chamesh Megilos, printed by Anton Schmid, Vienna, 1818 with a long list of subscribers (prenumeranten)

This book is from my Antique Hebrew Books collection.  It was printed over 200 years ago by Anton Schmid, a prolific printing house in Vienna, Austria.  Anton Schmid was not Jewish but produced excellent quality Hebrew books.  The Chamesh Megillos are the five books: Song of Songs, The Book of Ruth, The Book of Lamentations, … Continue reading Chamesh Megilos, printed by Anton Schmid, Vienna, 1818 with a long list of subscribers (prenumeranten)

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.

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.