Machzor Im Kavanat Hapaytan, London 1771 (two volumes)

This is the first set of Machzorim - Festival and High Holy Day Prayers - printed by Jewish printers and published in London. It is a two-volume set, published in 1771 by Moses ben Gershon and partners. Prior to this similar volumes, published in Saltzbach and Furth were in use. I have several examples of … Continue reading Machzor Im Kavanat Hapaytan, London 1771 (two volumes)

The book of Job (Iyov) – Liber Jobi in versiculos metrice divisus; accedit canticum Moysis, Richard Grey, 1742.

This is an example of early Hebrew printing in England.  The earliest book printed by a Jewish printer was printed in 1770.  This book, published in 1742, demonstrates that Hebrew typefaces were available in the British Isles at an earlier period when the only Hebrew printing was done by non-Jews.  My copy has a fine … Continue reading The book of Job (Iyov) – Liber Jobi in versiculos metrice divisus; accedit canticum Moysis, Richard Grey, 1742.

The Fourth World Haggadah, Joel Harris and Jack Schuldenfrei, WUJS, London 1970

The Fourth World Haggadah was published 50 years ago by the World Union of Jewish Students. It is an activist Haggadah, aimed at Jewish students of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It includes a full traditional Haggadah, with commentary by Joel Harris and a new English translation by Jack Schuldenfrei. "This Haggadah is offered … Continue reading The Fourth World Haggadah, Joel Harris and Jack Schuldenfrei, WUJS, London 1970

Machzor leChag Hashavuos – The Form of Prayers for the Feast of Pentecost, London, 1807

This is the sixth and final volume of the second edition of the set of David Levi Machzorim, as revised by Isaac Levy.  At the end, it includes the long and interesting subscription list of those who paid in advance for copies of the book, with their names and addresses.  The prayer for the king … Continue reading Machzor leChag Hashavuos – The Form of Prayers for the Feast of Pentecost, London, 1807

Shar Hatefillah VeSeder HaAvodah – Daily Prayer Book, London 1830 – copy of Alexander Levy

This is an interesting Siddur with historic family inscriptions (for which, read below).  It was printed in London in 1830, in Hebrew with an English translation. Older siddurim are less common than Machzorim and this one has wear on the correct pages - at one time it was well used. It is well bound in … Continue reading Shar Hatefillah VeSeder HaAvodah – Daily Prayer Book, London 1830 – copy of Alexander Levy

Prayer Book for Jewish Members of H. M. Forces, issued by H. M. Stationery Office with the Authority of the Chief Rabbi,1940.

This little book was issued officially by the British Government to Jewish soldiers who fought in the Second World War.  It was edited by Dayan Mark Gollop, who was the Senior Jewish Chaplain to the Armed Forces.  For more about Dayan Gollop, see my post on his copy of A Book of Jewish Thoughts here. … Continue reading Prayer Book for Jewish Members of H. M. Forces, issued by H. M. Stationery Office with the Authority of the Chief Rabbi,1940.

Machzor for Pesach (Form of Prayers for the Feast of Passover), by Alexander Alexander, London 1807.

Alexander Alexander was a pioneer of Hebrew printing in London, producing books with English translations from 1771, starting with an ashkenazi prayer book in Hebrew with English translation.  His great rival was the "erudite hatmaker" David Levi, also producing books during the same period. This book was one of a set of a new edition … Continue reading Machzor for Pesach (Form of Prayers for the Feast of Passover), by Alexander Alexander, London 1807.

Selichos Mikol Hashanah – one of the first Hebrew books printed in England by a Jewish printer – London, 1770

This is one of the first books printed by a Jewish printer in London.  It is the Selichos (penitential prayers) for the High-Holydays and Fast Days, according to the custom of the Jewish communities of Poland, Hungary and Moravia, יצ״ו  which is the abbreviation for yevarchem tzurenu veyishmerem - "may (God) our stronghold bless them … Continue reading Selichos Mikol Hashanah – one of the first Hebrew books printed in England by a Jewish printer – London, 1770

Sefer Tehilim – The Hebrew Psalter or Psalms of David, George Offor, London 1820

This 200 year-old book is an example of Hebrew printing in London by a non-Jewish publisher and printer. It was edited and published by George Offor, a writer, book dealer and collector and scholar of Hebrew and other languages.  George Offor was born in 1787, the Baptist son of a book dealer, also called George … Continue reading Sefer Tehilim – The Hebrew Psalter or Psalms of David, George Offor, London 1820

Siddur im Revid Hazahav – Rabbi Joseph Shapotshnick, London 1929

Rabbi Joseph Shapotshnick was a controversial Rabbi, a Talmudic scholar, who emigrated from Russia to England, where he settled in the East End of London in 1913.  If you want to learn more about this colourful, controversial and enigmatic, but brilliant Rabbi, you can read about him in Rabbi Harry Rabinowitz's book, "A World Apart".  Rabbi … Continue reading Siddur im Revid Hazahav – Rabbi Joseph Shapotshnick, London 1929