Kerem HaTzvi, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, Vienna, 1920.

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.

The Sixteenth Annual Report of the Anglo-Jewish Association, London, 1886-1887 – Provincial and British Empire branches.

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.

Sefer Tzava, by Rabbi Herschel Levin, Manchester, 1929.

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.

Techiyas Yisroel by Rabbi Israel Jacob Yoffey, Manchester 1927.

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.

Amudei Yaavetz, by Yaakov ben Tzvi Charif, printed by Joseph Massel, Manchester, 1897.

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.

Sefer Marganita Tava by Rabbi Alec Eliezer Silverstone of Southport, London, 1956.

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.

Sefer Birchas HaPesach with Pischei Zitoh al Hilchos Pesach, by Pinchas Halevi Horowitz, with additions by Menachem Mendel Schneebalg and Shraga Feivish Schneebalg, London 1960.

Rabbi David Zvi Schneebalg was the head of the Beis Din (Rabbinical Court) and Yeshiva of Vishnitz.  The Schneebalg family lived through the Russian invasion of Poland in 1939 and the subsequent German occupation when they were able to escape. Rabbi David Zvi came to Manchester and became the rabbi of the Machzikei Hadath in … Continue reading Sefer Birchas HaPesach with Pischei Zitoh al Hilchos Pesach, by Pinchas Halevi Horowitz, with additions by Menachem Mendel Schneebalg and Shraga Feivish Schneebalg, London 1960.

The Jewish Year Book, London, 1907, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Provincial Communities

By 1907 the Jewish Year Book was in its twelfth year of publication, and was packed with useful information about the Jewish community in the British Empire. The editor, Reverend Isidore Harris, was born in London in 1853, and educated at Jews College and University College, London. He was appointed Minister of the West London … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book, London, 1907, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Provincial Communities

Yeshua Gedola, by Rabbi Gedalia Silverstone, Belfast, 1903 (printed in London)

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)

Yad Hashem on Megilas Esther by Rabbi Abraham Aaron Yudelowitz, New York, 1923.

Rabbi Yudelowitz, although, perhaps better known for the last 22 years of his life, when he was in the United States, was a Rav in Manchester, England, for ten years, from 1898 to 1908.  He was born at Novardok, Russia, in 1850 and was recognised as a child prodigy.  In 1871, at the age of … Continue reading Yad Hashem on Megilas Esther by Rabbi Abraham Aaron Yudelowitz, New York, 1923.