I recently purchased this volume from one of my favorite book dealers, Israel Mizrachi of Brooklyn. Two things caught my eye. The first is that while I have other volumes of this edition of the Talmud, Shabbos is scarce. This is because everyone learns Shabbos - those who follow the "daf yomi" program of learning … Continue reading Masseches Shabbos, Sultzbach, 1755 – from the Manchester Machzike Hadas.
This is the report of Herbert Adler, the Director of Education. It gives am interesting report on Jewish Education in Britain in 1936-37, including not just London, but communities all over the British Isles. Herbert Marcus Adler (1876-1940) was a grandson of Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler. He was educated at the City of London … Continue reading The Jewish Memorial Council Central Committee for Jewish Education, Annual Report by Herbert Adler, 1936-37.
Rabbi Simon M. Lehrman, as well as being a prolific author, was best known as the Rabbi of the New Synagogue in Egerton Road, Stamford Hill. He was an outstanding scholar, preacher and teacher who was born in Russia in 1900 and came to Britain in 1904. He studied at London's Etz Chaim Yeshiva, and … Continue reading Jewish Customs and Folklore, by Rabbi Dr. S. M. Lehrman, London 1949.
This report, covering the year ended 30th September 1939, provides a picture of the JNF at the beginning of the Second World War. There is great concern over the Jews of Poland, a community of three and a half million Jews. Where can they go? Only in Palestine can they find a home. The Jewish … Continue reading Jewish National Fund for Great Britain & Ireland, Report 5699, London 1939.
This is the first edition of the first part of Rabbi Ferber's seminal work, and commentary on the Chumash (Pentateuch), Kerem HaTzvi, which he titled in English "The Vineyard of Beauty" - not the Vineyard of the Deer, as one might expect. It is nicely bound but was only the first part - Bereishis (Genesis) … Continue reading Kerem HaTzvi, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, Vienna, 1920.
This is the second part of a post about this snapshot of Queen Victoria's more established Jewish families at the time of the Golden Jubilee in 1887. The first part, which includes the lists of London members is here. What follows are scans of lists of members from Ballarat in Australia to West Hartlepool. They … Continue reading The Sixteenth Annual Report of the Anglo-Jewish Association, London, 1886-1887 – Provincial and British Empire branches.
Rabbi Herschel Levin, also known as Rabbi Harris Levin was born in Bialystock in about 1872, and became a Rabbi in Belfast, Northern Ireland in about 1893 and soon after in Manchester England. He was the Rabbi of the Chaye Adam synagogue in Manchester for twenty years and Minister of the Rydal Mount Congregation, Cheetham, … Continue reading Sefer Tzava, by Rabbi Herschel Levin, Manchester, 1929.
Rabbi Israel Jacob Yoffey was born in Wilkowitz (Ukmerge) in Lithuania in 1874. His father-in-law Rabbi Joseph Yoffey had immigrated to England in 1893 and was appointed Rabbi of the Central Synagogue in Manchester. Rabbi Joseph Yoffey died in 1897 and Rabbi Israel Jacob Yoffey succeeded him at the young age of 23. he founded … Continue reading Techiyas Yisroel by Rabbi Israel Jacob Yoffey, Manchester 1927.
I have very little information about the author of this book. He is Yaakov ben Tzvi, sometimes identified as Yaakov Tzvi Alberstadt, and according to Rabbi Yitzchok Yaakov Reines was from Nishvez. He appeared in Manchester in the 1890s, where he lived in a state of economic uncertainty and wrote or published several books. I … Continue reading Amudei Yaavetz, by Yaakov ben Tzvi Charif, printed by Joseph Massel, Manchester, 1897.
This little book, printed by the Narod Press in Whitechapel, is by Rabbi Dr. Alec Eliezer Silverstone, who was the Rabbi of Southport, in Lancashire, England, for many years. Rabbi Silverstone’s father, Rabbi Yehoshua Dovid (known as Simon) Silverstone was one of the founders of the Manchester Yeshiva in 1911. Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, whom … Continue reading Sefer Marganita Tava by Rabbi Alec Eliezer Silverstone of Southport, London, 1956.