Hayehoody – Hebrew Newspaper, edited and printed by Rabbi Isaac Suwalsky, London 14th April 1908.

Below you will find a complete copy of Hayehoody - The Jew - which was a weekly Hebrew newspaper written, edited, typeset and printed by one man - Rabbi Isaac Suwalsky.  I have seen a bound volume of these in the National Library in Jerusalem.  I have one copy, which is printed on paper that … Continue reading Hayehoody – Hebrew Newspaper, edited and printed by Rabbi Isaac Suwalsky, London 14th April 1908.

Sefer Ohr Hayashar by Rabbi Samuel Isaac Hillman of London on Tractate Bechoros, with a Kuntres (article) by his son-in-law, Rabbi Isaac Halevy Herzog of Dublin, Ireland, London 1921

This is a very large sized folio book with a remarkable collaboration between two heavyweights.  The first is Rabbi (later Dayan) Samuel Isaac Hillman of London.  This is one of his series of books called Ohr HaYashar, with his commentaries and novella on various tractates of the Talmud.  This one is on Bechoros.  The second … Continue reading Sefer Ohr Hayashar by Rabbi Samuel Isaac Hillman of London on Tractate Bechoros, with a Kuntres (article) by his son-in-law, Rabbi Isaac Halevy Herzog of Dublin, Ireland, London 1921

Sefer Imre Yoel on Sefer Shemos, by Rabbi Yoel Leib Halevi Herzog, London 1922

Rabbi Yoel Halevi Herzog (1866-1934) was born in Lomza.  He was a member of an illustrious family.  His son Isaac Herzog became Chief Rabbi of Ireland, and then Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of Palestine.  His Mechutan (father of his daughter-in-law) was Dayan Shmuel Isaac Hillman, a famed Rabbi and author, whose son David Hillman was the … Continue reading Sefer Imre Yoel on Sefer Shemos, by Rabbi Yoel Leib Halevi Herzog, London 1922

Sefer Pirchei Chemed – The Delightful Flowers by Matityahu Levin, London 1901

This was the very first book printed by Israel Narodiczky, probably the most important Hebrew and Yiddish printer in London in the 20th Century.  He was born in Zhitomir in the Ukraine in 1874 and studied at the Yeshiva of Volozhin. Back in Zhitomir he learned to be a typesetter in a print shop on … Continue reading Sefer Pirchei Chemed – The Delightful Flowers by Matityahu Levin, London 1901

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 Passionate Jew and Cobbles of the God-Road. A book of poems written and illustrated by Izak Goller, London 1923.

Recently,  Rabbi Meir Salasnik reminded me that Rev. Izak Goller was at one time Minister of Walthamstow and Leyton Synagogue.  This is a book of poetry, published in 1923 - his first book - when Izak Goller was at Walthamstow and Leyton.  It is a small art book, printed on good quality laid paper with … Continue reading The Passionate Jew and Cobbles of the God-Road. A book of poems written and illustrated by Izak Goller, London 1923.

Laws and Bye-Laws of the Burial Society of the United Synagogue, London 1902. Histories of Cemeteries by Philip Ornstein.

This is an original 1902 copy of the Laws and Bye-Laws of the Burial Society of the United Synagogue - the rules followed for traditional Jewish burials and for administration of the cemeteries.  It includes interesting histories of the Ashkenazi cemeteries of London that were in existence in 1902, written by the Secretary of the … Continue reading Laws and Bye-Laws of the Burial Society of the United Synagogue, London 1902. Histories of Cemeteries by Philip Ornstein.

Beth Avigdor by Dr. George Wigoder, London (Dublin) 1905.

I bought this book from M. Rogosnitzky, the Hebrew Bookseller of Golders Green.  It is a large sized book, beautifully printed in London at the Brill Press and bound in the original impressed cloth with gold leaf edges to the pages.  I have previously written about another book by Dr. Wigoder, written a little later, … Continue reading Beth Avigdor by Dr. George Wigoder, London (Dublin) 1905.

Sefer Or HaChaim – The Light of Living, by Rabbi B. Zeitlin, London 1886

The problem with this little book was identifying the author, Dov Ber (Or Duberish HaCohen) Zeitlin (pronounced Tzeitlin). M. L. Weiser kindly pointed me in the direction of Ohalei Shem, which is a directory of Rabbi's of the world, compiled in 1912.  Rabbi Zeitlin's entry, on page 503 of Ohalei Shem lists him in Paris, France.  … Continue reading Sefer Or HaChaim – The Light of Living, by Rabbi B. Zeitlin, London 1886

Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Hospital, 253 Mile End Road, Report 1907, London.

This little booklet is the Annual Report of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Hospital for Sick Poor, Lying-in Women, and asylum for the Aged, founded in 1747, and known as the Beth Holim. The hospital was first established in Leman Street, E1, then in 1790 was transferred to 253 Mile End Road. The modern building, … Continue reading Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Hospital, 253 Mile End Road, Report 1907, London.