This was the first translation of the Selichos - the Penitential Prayers into English. The translator was Dr. David Asher. He was the son of the synagogue reader in Dresden, Germany, and his father died when he was five years old. He entered the Dresden Gymnasium, but his mother could not pay the fees, and … Continue reading Selichos for the Proprietory and Penintential Days, and for the Minor Fasts, translated into English by Dr. David Asher, London 1866.
Or, to give the full title: The Book of Esther Arranged With The Traditional Cantilation and Punctuation By The Rev. A. PERLZWEIG With Prefatory Note by THE REV. DAYAN H. M. LAZARUS. Reverend Asher Perlzweig (1876-1942) was born in Kamenetz Podolsk in the Ukraine in about 1876. He studied composition in Vienna and in London … Continue reading Megillas Esther – The Book of Esther, by the Rev. Asher Perlzweig, London 1932
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)
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 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
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
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
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.
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.
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