Chazon Ish – Avoda Zara and Pesach, first edition, Jerusalem, 1951 – copy belonged to the Stropkov Rebbe.

Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz (1878–1953) was known from the title of his books as the "Chazon Ish." This is a first edition of his book on Avoda Zara and Pesach, published in Jerusalem in 1951.  My copy belonged to Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Lifshitz Halberstam (1908 - 1995), who was known as the Rebbe of Stropkov. … Continue reading Chazon Ish – Avoda Zara and Pesach, first edition, Jerusalem, 1951 – copy belonged to the Stropkov Rebbe.

Olelot Ephraim, by Rabbi Ephraim Shlomo Luntschitz, Amsterdam 1779 – copy of Rabbi Elie Munk.

  The connection between this book and the rest of my Anglo-Judaica collection is a little tenuous.  It belonged to Rabbi Elie Munk. No - not Rabbi Munk of Golders Green, but Rabbi Elie Munk of Paris, who was the father of Lady Jakobovits, wife of the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jakobovits (that's the Anglo-Judaica connection) … Continue reading Olelot Ephraim, by Rabbi Ephraim Shlomo Luntschitz, Amsterdam 1779 – copy of Rabbi Elie Munk.

Mechir Yayin (The Price of Wine) by Rabbi Moses Isserles (The Rema) on Megillas Esther, (Warsaw), 1866.

This book is from my antique books, not my Anglo-Judaica collection, and is a most appropriate book for Purim in a time of plague, such as COVID.  The story behind the book, which the Rema explains in his introduction, is that the Rema was forced to leave Cracow for Shidlow because of an outbreak of … Continue reading Mechir Yayin (The Price of Wine) by Rabbi Moses Isserles (The Rema) on Megillas Esther, (Warsaw), 1866.

Yesh Nochlin, by Rabbi Avrohom Halevy Horowitz, Amsterdam, 1701

This little book is a compendium of laws, customs and ethical directives written by Rabbi Avrohom Halevy Horowitz, father of Rabbi Isaiah Halevy Horowitz.  Rabbi Isaiah Halevy Horowitz is known as the Shelah Hakodosh after the initials of his great work, Shnei Luchos Habris.  It includes comments by the author's son Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz.  There … Continue reading Yesh Nochlin, by Rabbi Avrohom Halevy Horowitz, Amsterdam, 1701

Eshel Avraham, by Rabbi Abraham Broda, First Edition, 1747, Frankfort on Main.

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.

Sefer Gedulas Mordechai, by Rabbi Mordechai ben Avraham Rabbiner of Boisk (Bauska), Vilna 1878

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

Talmud – Masseches Zevachim,Amsterdam, Imanuel Benveniste, 1647

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

Pirchei HaAviv, by Rabbi Israel Chaim Daiches, Vilna, 1870.

Rabbi Israel Chaim Daiches was the Rabbi of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in Leeds, England, from 1901.  This Shul was founded in the 1870s and grew until it was able to appoint an Eastern European Rabbinical scholar as its Rabbi. Israel Chaim Daiches was born in 1850 in Darshunishek, Lithuania, into a Rabbinical family.  His … Continue reading Pirchei HaAviv, by Rabbi Israel Chaim Daiches, Vilna, 1870.

Masseches Rosh Hashanah, 1799, Dyhernfurth

This post is about a book from my collection of antique seforim - not my Anglo-Judaica collection. As it is Tu Bishvat I thought I would write about my copy of Masseches Rosh HaShanah from the Talmud, printed in Dyhernfurth in 1799.  Dyhernfurth is the German name, and today it is in western Poland, known … Continue reading Masseches Rosh Hashanah, 1799, Dyhernfurth

Tzelach (Tzion Lenefesh Chaya) by Rabbi Yechezkel Halevi Landau, Sudlikov 1832 – and Rabbi Dr. Hermann Adler.

In 1966 the Jewish Historical Society of England published a book "Remember the Days" consisting of essays in honour of the historian, Cecil Roth.  One of the essays, by Adolf Schischa, is entitled Hermann Adler, Yeshiva Bahur.  Hermann Adler, the younger son of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, Dr. Nathan Marcus Adler (who … Continue reading Tzelach (Tzion Lenefesh Chaya) by Rabbi Yechezkel Halevi Landau, Sudlikov 1832 – and Rabbi Dr. Hermann Adler.