Moses by Achad Ha-Am, translated from Hebrew to English by Leon Simon, London 1917.

This is another early Zionist pamphlet, originally written in Hebrew in 1904 and translated into English by Leon Simon.  It was published in 1917, the year of the Balfour Declaration, by "The Zionist" in London (but printed in Leeds). Achad Ha-Am, which means 'one of the people' was the pen name of Asher Zvi Hirsch … Continue reading Moses by Achad Ha-Am, translated from Hebrew to English by Leon Simon, London 1917.

The Jewish Year Book, London 1950 – Synagogues and Communal Organizations in Leeds.

In going through my collection of Jewish books, I like to highlight an extract from each one. For 1950 I have chosen the Jewish community of Leeds, England.  I have written about quite a number of books printed in Leeds, mostly at the press of Joseph Porton, and about several major Rabbonim (Rabbis) who led … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book, London 1950 – Synagogues and Communal Organizations in Leeds.

The Well of Purification by Rabbi Hirsh Hurwitz of the Federation of Synagogues, Leeds, England, 1921 – 5681.

This is quite a scarce little book that is not listed in Cecil Roth's bibliography and seems to be only listed in four libraries worldwide.  It was printed in Leeds, a hundred years ago, in 1921, by S. Tunick. It is a discourse on the place of mikveh in the Jewish ritual, with some essential … Continue reading The Well of Purification by Rabbi Hirsh Hurwitz of the Federation of Synagogues, Leeds, England, 1921 – 5681.

Derashos Mahariach, by Rabbi Yisroel Chayim Daiches, Leeds 1920.

This is a folio sized book, printed in Leeds by Joseph Porton.  It consists of the sermons and writings of Rabbi Israel Chayim Daiches, who was Rabbi in Leeds, England and whose children included Rabbi Dr. Salis (Betzalel) Daiches, the Rabbi of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Rabbi Dr. Samuel Daiches, who, after serving as rabbi in  … Continue reading Derashos Mahariach, by Rabbi Yisroel Chayim Daiches, Leeds 1920.

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

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.

Drashot, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Orliansky, New York, 1927

This book is in my Anglo-Judaica collection because the author, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch (Harris) Orliansky is another largely forgotten Rabbi who was in the United Kingdom from 1895 to 1905.  (It is also Part Two - I do not have the first part). Rabbi Orliansky (1864-1940), the son of Rabbi Isaac Orliansky, was born in … Continue reading Drashot, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Orliansky, New York, 1927

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.

Anglo-Jewish Association Branch Members from the Provinces from the 1879-80 Year Book.

I previously wrote about my copy of the Ninth Annual Report of the Anglo Jewish Association for 1879-80.  Please click on the link to see this book.  For scans of the membership lists if the British Empire Branches, including Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Gibraltar etc., please click on this link. These are scans of the … Continue reading Anglo-Jewish Association Branch Members from the Provinces from the 1879-80 Year Book.