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.

Beis Evel and Beis HaRoeh by Myer Joel Wigoder of Dublin, Ireland, Jerusalem 1914.

Myer Joel Wigoder was a lay-scholar who published fifteen works on Midrashic and Aggadic topics.  He was born in the village of Vigoda, near Vexna, Lithuania in 1855 and had a thorough Yeshiva education.  Upon losing all his possessions in a fire in the town of Laizovo soon after he was married, he emigrated in … Continue reading Beis Evel and Beis HaRoeh by Myer Joel Wigoder of Dublin, Ireland, Jerusalem 1914.

Chayei Olam and Beis Haknesses by Myer Joel Wigoder of Dublin, Ireland, (1936?)

Myer Joel Wigoder was born in the village of Vigoda, near Vexna, Lithuania in 1855.  He had a thorough Yeshiva education and after various trials and tribulations left Lithuania in search of a better place to economically establish his young family.  He travelled to Dublin, Ireland, and was eventually joined by his brother, Doctor George … Continue reading Chayei Olam and Beis Haknesses by Myer Joel Wigoder of Dublin, Ireland, (1936?)

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

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

Sefer Imre Yoel on Sefer Shemos, by Rabbi Yoel Leib Halevi Herzog, London 1922

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

Beth Avigdor by Dr. George Wigoder, London (Dublin) 1905.

I bought this book from M. Rogosnitzky, the Hebrew Bookseller of Golders Green.  It is a large sized book, beautifully printed in London at the Brill Press and bound in the original impressed cloth with gold leaf edges to the pages.  I have previously written about another book by Dr. Wigoder, written a little later, … Continue reading Beth Avigdor by Dr. George Wigoder, London (Dublin) 1905.

Palestina – The Chovevei Zion Quarterly, September 1897

Palestina was the journal of the Chovevei Zion (Lovers of Zion) Association.  This was formally founded in 1884 and was at one time a large, strong international movement, with branches called 'Tents' in major Jewish communities throughout Great Britain and Ireland.                 However, they gave only a reluctant … Continue reading Palestina – The Chovevei Zion Quarterly, September 1897

Degel Yosef by Rabbi Zalman Joseph Aloni of Dublin, printed in London, 1949.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman Yosef Aloni (Dubow) was born in Riga in 1915.  His father, Rabbi Yitzchok Dubov, taught at Manchester Yeshiva.  He was educated at Grodno Yeshiva, under Rabbi Shimon Shkop, and in 1935 was at the Hebron Yeshiva in Palestine.  In 1939 he emigrated to Dublin and married Sarah Leah, the daughter if Rabbi … Continue reading Degel Yosef by Rabbi Zalman Joseph Aloni of Dublin, printed in London, 1949.

Keter Torah by Dr. George Wigoder of Dublin, 1913.

Keter Torah is a book by Dr. George Wigoder consisting of short commentaries on the Bible.  As there was no Hebrew printer in Dublin at the time, it was printed in Jerusalem at the press of A. M. Luncz in 1913.  the pages were apparently shipped to Ireland, and my copy was bound by Galwey … Continue reading Keter Torah by Dr. George Wigoder of Dublin, 1913.

Mishnas Yaavetz by Rabbi Yaakov Benzion Mendelsohn, 1913

This is a book of findings and rulings on Masseches Chagigah of the Babylonian Talmud, written by Rabbi Yaakov Ben Zion Mendelsohn, and printed in Leeds, England in 1913.  For Rabbi Mendelsohn's previous book, Midrash Yaavetz, printed in 1911, please click here.  Rabbi Mendelsohn was born in Kreitzburg, in the Vitebsk district of Russia and … Continue reading Mishnas Yaavetz by Rabbi Yaakov Benzion Mendelsohn, 1913