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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.