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
This book is a play in four acts, but before we begin with the authors, I would like to mention the paper wrappers which are reproduced below and include some advertising and a splendid list of Jewish sheet music available from the London Hebrew Publishing Company, Mazin & Co. Ltd., 141 Whitechapel Road. Max Miltone, … Continue reading Khaos oder Mendel Der Stolier oder Di Letste Yudishe Hofnung (Chaos, or Mendel the Carpenter or The Last Jewish Hope), by Max and Julian Miltone, London 1909.
That famous bastion of orthodoxy, the Machzike Hadas Synagogue, off Brick Lane in the East End of London, had been without a Rav since the great Rabbi Werner had died in 1912. During the First World War, Rav Kook was in London and was Rav of the Machzike Hadas, which was really a community, not … Continue reading Rosh Milin, by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook, London 1917.
I've written before about a similar book by Jacob Meyer Zalkind, the Talmud in Yiddish on Masseches Berachos. Both of these are in the order Zerayim, but Peah is only in the Jerusalem Talmud. Yaakov Meir Zalkind, or Dr. Yankev-Meyer Zalkind was an orthodox Rabbi, an anarchist friend of Rudolf Rocker and a pacifist. He … Continue reading The Talmud in Yiddish, Masseches Peah (Yerushalmi), Dr. Jacob Meyer Zalkind, London 1928.
I have previously included extracts of lists of London Synagogues from other editions of The Jewish Year Book Here is 1903. Here is 1947. This time I have taken a year in between - 1927. In 1927 the Jewish Year Book was edited by Rev. S. Levy. Unfortunately the Federation of Synagogues did not provide … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 1927 – London Synagogues.
This book is in my library not because of its content, but because it has the stamp of the Scarborough Street Synagogue, and I am going to relate the story of this Synagogue. I have previously written about another book with this stamp - see "Dayan Fisher's copy of Chemdas Hanefesh". The book itself is … Continue reading The Scarborough Street Synagogue (original owner of Divrei Chaim by Rabbi Aaron Chaim of Kaidanov, Vilna 1898)
This was Rabbi Gedalia (George) Silverstone's second book - the first was Pirchei Oviv, published in 1901. Rabbi Silverstone was born in Jasionowka, Poland, in 1871, and died in Jerusalem in 1944. He was at yeshiva in Telz and other places until 1891, when his father, Rabbi Yeshiyahu Meir Silverstone emigrated with his family to … Continue reading Yeshua Gedola, by Rabbi Gedalia Silverstone, Belfast, 1903 (printed in London)
At first I thought that this little book was too modern to be in my collection, and then I saw a copy offered for sale and found that it is scarce and difficult to obtain. The Rise of Provincial Jewry is really an important book that describes the origins of the modern communities, some already … Continue reading The Rise of Provincial Jewry, by Cecil Roth, London 1950.
Abraham Mordecai Orzhitzer (also spelled Orzycer) was born on March 1, 1913 in Brok, near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland. In 1931, at the age of 18, he emigrated to Paris and went on from there to London. where he was a tailor and writer. In 1953 he moved to the United States. He was a reporter … Continue reading Proletarishe Yugnt (Proletarian Youth), A. M. Orzycer, London 1943
This interesting 200+ page paperback book contains historical facts, stories and legends about the founder of Chassidism, Rabbi Israel, known as the Baal Shem Tov or Besht. The author, Morris Myer was born in Romania in 1879. He came to London in 1902 and worked as a journalist. He was known as a writer, an … Continue reading Reb Yisroel Baal Shem Tov by Morris Myer, London 1942.