This small book, published in London in 1961, answers the question of whether a blind person can read the Haftorah (the portion from the prophets that is read every week after the reading from the Torah) if he knows it by heart or if he uses a Braille text. The author, Abraham Rapoport was born … Continue reading BeInyan Kriat haHaftorah be’al Peh – On the Subject of Reading the Portion from the Prophets by heart, by Dayan Abraham Rapoport, London 1961.
Sometimes I buy a book just because of the association - in this case, a copy of the 1769 printing of Pri Chadash with a book stamp of the Old Castle Street Synagogue, 42 Old Castle Street in the East End of London. It was known as Agudath Achim and Gemiluth Chesedim, and later Agudat … Continue reading The Old Castle Street Synagogue and Pri Chadash by Rabbi Hezekiah Da Silva, Fuerth, 1769.
Rabbi Samuel Joseph Rabinow was a very prominent Talmudic scholar of exceptional ability and insight. he was born in Chaimiak, in the province of Kovno, Lithuania, in 1889. He was the only son of a rabbo who traced his descent from the Vilna Gaon. At the age of nine he left his home to live … Continue reading Sefer Divrei Shir, by Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Rabinow, London 1959.
I have written before about a similar book by Chaim Woolf Rosenfeld, called Sefer HaChaim, also printed, as was this one, by Israel Narodiczky in Whitechapel. This one was called Pri Etz HaDas VeHaChaim, which means Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life. These books were published posthumously, and a letter … Continue reading Pri Etz HaDas VeHaChayim, by Chaim Woolf Rosenfeld, London 1922.
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.
Rabbi Moses Aaron Kutchinsky was born in Grobova, Poland in about 1874. He studied under Rabbi Yehuda Leib Kowalski, a follower of Rabbi Avraham of Sochaczew. His parents with their family emigrated to London in 1892 where his father, Hirsch (Harris) Kutchinsky founded a jewellery manufacturing company in the East End of London. Rabbi Harry … Continue reading Gevuros Moshe Aharon, by Moshe Aharon (Morris) Kutchinsky, London.
This book is a classic, published by the Arbeiter Freund - The Workman's Friend. There is no printers imprint, but it was probably printed by Israel Narodiczky at his press in Whitechapel and has printers ornaments or fleurons at the beginning of each chapter. It was first published during Kropotkin's imprisonment and contains articles written … Continue reading Verter Fun A Revolutzioner – The Words of a Rebel (in Yiddish) by Peter Kropotkin, translated by Rudolf Rocker, London 1906.
This book - in Yiddish - tells the story of a Jewish soldier who fought in a Jewish Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers of the British Army in World War I. Louis (Yehuda Leib) Nirenstein was born in the village of Pyesk, in the Grodno district of Byelorussia. He emigrated to the United States in … Continue reading In Kampf Farn Land (In the fight for a country, diary of a Jewish Legionnaire), Louis Nirenstein, London 1928.
Part one of this book appeared in 1910, printed by Israel Narodiczky in Whitechapel, London, and was reviewed by the Jewish Chronicle in the issue of April 1st, 1910. Yoel Horowitz, who was apparently both a businessman and a scholar, was the son of Rabbi Alexander Horowitz from Stanislav, who was the son of Rabbi … Continue reading Yavo Halevi, part two, by Rabbi Yoel Horowitz of Antwerp, proofread by Isaac Last, London 1911.
Jews College, London, which was a college of the University of London until recent years and has been renamed the London School of Jewish Studies and moved to Hendon, was founded in 1855 as a Rabbinical College in London. This Jubilee book commemorates the first fifty years of Jews College, and starts with a detailed … Continue reading Jews’ College Jubilee Volume, London, 1906.