Ben-A Sochachewsky (1889-1958) was a journalist, poet and teller of Chassidic stories. He was born in Lodz, Poland, and arrived in London about 1913. He was on the editorial staff of Di Zeit, the London Yiddish newspaper, of which I have written about here. His actual name was Yechiel Meir or “Chil Majer” Sochachewsky, but … Continue reading Lemech, by Ben-A Sochachewsky, Yiddish, London, 1941.
I've written about this little book before (click here), but did not include Rabbi Szpetman's ideas on Lag BeOmer (The 33rd day of the Omer). Lag BeOmer is a festive day in the Jewish calendar. It is the 33rd day after the second night of Pesach (Passover), and is a day of great joy. It … Continue reading Pesach, Lag BeOmer, Shavuos, by Rabbi Shiya Szpetman, Yiddish, London 1955. (2 – Lag BeOmer).
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.
This is the Annual Report of the British Zionist Federation, printed at the Narodiczky Press in Whitechapel just after the end of the Second World War. It was a critical time and the report demonstrates the energy and vitality of the British Zionist movement at that time. It lists many names of activists. I have … Continue reading The Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, Forty-Fifth Annual Report, London 1945.
Here is Jews College in wartime, the last one standing in 1939. All the Jewish Seats of Learning in Germany, Austria and Italy, the Seminaries of Breslau and Vienna, the Lehrenstalt and Rabbiner-Seminar of Berlin, the Yeshivahs at Frankfort and Rhodes and the Collegio Rabbinico of Rome, have been closed. Of these institutions, only Jews … Continue reading Jews College, Eighty Third Annual Report, London, 5670 – 1939.
Simon Rawidowicz was the editor of Yalkut, from 1940 the monthly Hebrew supplement of the Zionist Review in London. This literary review was an attempt to rekindle hopes of a Hebrew revival from London at a time when the Nazis had swept away the revival in most of Europe. However, in February 1943 this was … Continue reading Metsudah (Fortress), Essays and Studies edited by Simon Rawidowicz, London, February 1943.
In 1933 the total membership of all the Jewish Friendly Societies and organizations that made up this umbrella body was an amazing 85,569, which demonstrates the importance of the Friendly Society movement in the Anglo-Jewish community at the time. Those who want to understand the history and development of these societies should look at Jewish … Continue reading Association of Jewish Friendly Societies Annual Report, London 1933.
Here (if you read Yiddish), are some things to say at your Seder table. This is another little book by Rabbi Joshua Szpetman, known by his diminutive name “Shiya”. Rabbi Szpetman was a native of Lublin, who had already been a Rosh Yeshiva (Head of a Rabbinical Academy) in Poland when he emigrated to London. … Continue reading Pesach, Lag BeOmer, Shavuos, by Rabbi Shiya Szpetman, Yiddish, London 1955.
Almost exactly 91 years ago there was great cause for celebration amongst the establishment of the Anglo-Jewish orthodox community in London. It was the 75th Anniversary of Jews College, the 70th Anniversary of the Jewish Religious Education Board, and the 60th Anniversary of the United Synagogue. These events were celebrated by a Joint Anniversary Service, … Continue reading Joint Celebration of Anniversaries, London, March 1931.
This is a book in English, on psychology, by the controversial Rabbi Joseph Shapotshnick, the self-titled Chief Rabbi of the Rabbinical Association. As I have written before, Rabbi Joseph Shapotshnick was like Marmite – you either loved him or hated him. He came to London in 1913 and settled in the East End, where he … Continue reading Do You Know Yourself by Rabbi Joseph Shapotshnick, London 1927.