Sefer Lashon Zahav, by British Chief Rabbi David Tevele Schiff, Offenbach, 1822.

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.

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 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.

Order of Service to be used at the Great Synagogue on Tuesday, June 23rd, 5651 – 1891, at the installation of The Rev. Dr. Hermann Adler as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire.

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.

The Interlineary Hebrew and English Psalter, London 1845.

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.

Chamesh Megilos, printed by Anton Schmid, Vienna, 1818 with a long list of subscribers (prenumeranten)

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)

A Companion to the Authorized Daily Prayer Book of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire, London, 1922.

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.

The Philip Goldberg Memorial Book (Kovetz Tefilos), London 1962. Includes the Memorial Prayer (Yizkor) for the British Chief Rabbis.

Philip Goldberg was born in Liverpool in 1887 and served in the Artists' Rifles during the First World War. He was appointed Secretary of the Council of the United Synagogue and the Burial Society in 1920, retiring in 1947. Many British Machzorim (Festival Prayer books) include wording in Yizkor (the Memorial Prayer) that "here are … Continue reading The Philip Goldberg Memorial Book (Kovetz Tefilos), London 1962. Includes the Memorial Prayer (Yizkor) for the British Chief Rabbis.

Two Pesach Machzorim, both Rev. D. A. De Sola, London, 1860.

These are two nicely bound copies of the Festival Prayers, according to the custom of the German and Polish Jews, translated by Rev. D. A. De Sola, Minister of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews (at Bevis Marks).  They were printed and published by P. Vallentine in 1860. The first one belonged to Mrs. E. Gompers.  … Continue reading Two Pesach Machzorim, both Rev. D. A. De Sola, London, 1860.

Haggadah Shel Pesach, M. L. Cailingold, London 1939

Here is another interesting British Haggadah.  It was published in London by M. L. Cailingold in 1939 and apparently sponsored by Lloyd Rakusen and sons (see the last image below). M. L. Cailingold was owned by Moshe Leib Cailingold (pronounced Tzailingold) who came from a bookselling family in Warsaw and died in 1967. He arrived … Continue reading Haggadah Shel Pesach, M. L. Cailingold, London 1939

The Children’s Haggadah, Abraham Morritz Silberman, Erwin Singer, Isidore Wartski, Arthur Saul Super, London 1948

This is the classic Children's Haggadah.  I was given one (not this copy) as soon as I could read Hebrew. This famous Haggadah was by Rabbi Abraham Moritz Silbermann, who was born in Hungary and had Semicha from the Berlin Rabbinical Seminary.  He was a publisher and bookseller. It was illustrated by Erwin Singer, a … Continue reading The Children’s Haggadah, Abraham Morritz Silberman, Erwin Singer, Isidore Wartski, Arthur Saul Super, London 1948