I have a set of these Machzorim (Festival Prayer Books), in near mint condition, but sadly with no bookplate or information about who owned them. The translation, into fine 18th century English, demonstrates the skill of the erudite scholar, David Levi. The prayer for King George the Third and the Royal family, below, is particularly … Continue reading Form of Prayers for the Day of Atonement according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London 5551 (1791).
This little book was published by R. Mazin in 1912. Reverend Asher Perlzweig (1876-1942) was born in Kamenetz Podolsk in the Ukraine in about 1876. He studied composition in Vienna and in London under Dr. Prout. He was elected Chazan of Vine Court Synagogue in the East End of London in 1896. He became the … Continue reading Manual of Neginoth by Rev. A Perlzweig, London 1912.
This is a Siddur (a prayer book with daily and Sabbath prayers), published in London in 1789 by David Levi. It is important as it was the first Siddur with an English translation. It is very comprehensive with prayers for every occasion as well as a prayer for the Royal Family - King George III. … Continue reading Seder Hatefilot – Form of Prayers according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London, 1789.
This edition was published by George Augener in London in 1896. The arranger, Ernst Pauer was born in Vienna in 1826, and moved to London in 1851. He was engaged to perform daily recitals at the Great Exhibition in South Kensington, and arranged piano music for the music publisher George Augener. The introduction, reproduced below, … Continue reading Zemiroth Israel, traditional Hebrew melodies, arranged for the pianoforte by Ernst Pauer; with an explanatory preface by Francis L. Cohen. London, 1896.
Sefer Lashon Zahav was written by Rabbi David Tevele HaKohen Schiff. It gets its title because the values of the Hebrew letters in both the word Zahav and the name David add up to fourteen. Rabbi David Tevele Schiff served as Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Rabbi of the Great Synagogue of London … Continue reading Sefer Lashon Zahav, by British Chief Rabbi David Tevele Schiff, Offenbach, 1822.
This interesting little book includes instructions and rules for preparation of the body and burial to be carried out by the Spanish and Portuguese Burial Society known as "Mikveh Israel", in London. This is the version that was revised by the Haham - the Chief Rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community - Rabbi … Continue reading Order of Ceremonies and Laws of the Society “Mikveh Israel” – the Chevra Kadisha of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Congregation of London, Moses Gaster, 1899.
This item, scanned below, speaks for itself. Click here to read about how Hermann Adler received both Semicha (his Rabbinical Diploma) and a Doctorate during his 18 month stay in Prague.
This is simply Sefer Tehilim - the Book of Psalms, published in London by Samuel Bagster and Sons. I particularly like this edition for two reasons. One is that the Hebrew root of each word is designated by being printed in black, while the other letters are hollow. This makes the entire book a grammatical … Continue reading The Interlineary Hebrew and English Psalter, London 1845.
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)
The quintessential Anglo-Jewish Hebrew and English Siddur, sometimes known as "Singers Prayer Book", was compiled by the Reverend Simeon Singer. Rabbi Simeon Singer was born in London in 1846. He was educated at Jews College in London and while still there became a part-time Minister (in 1867 at the Borough Synagogue) and teacher. He moved … Continue reading A Companion to the Authorized Daily Prayer Book of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire, London, 1922.