Rabbi Raffalovich is another of the forgotten British Rabbis. He is usually remembered for his time as Chief Rabbi of Brazil. However, he was first in Manchester and then Rabbi in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, and then for 20 years Rabbi of the Hope Place Synagogue in Liverpool. He also did something that I urge … Continue reading Tziunim ve-Tamrurim, by Rabbi Isaiah Raffalovich, Tel Aviv, 1952
Recently, Rabbi Meir Salasnik reminded me that Rev. Izak Goller was at one time Minister of Walthamstow and Leyton Synagogue. This is a book of poetry, published in 1923 - his first book - when Izak Goller was at Walthamstow and Leyton. It is a small art book, printed on good quality laid paper with … Continue reading The Passionate Jew and Cobbles of the God-Road. A book of poems written and illustrated by Izak Goller, London 1923.
This book is in my Anglo-Judaica library partly because of its prenumeranten (subscription list) which shows that its printing was financed by pre-subscriptions from Jews of Belgium, England and the United States. Unfortunately my copy is printed on very poor quality paper which cracks and crumbles. It cannot be scanned, but the photographs are sufficient … Continue reading The 100th Blog Post: Sefer Chemdas Yisroel by Rabbi Meir Dan Plotsky, Piotrkov, 1924
Rabbi Israel Boruch (Bernard) Zinober is rather forgotten today. In writing about his book, which was published posthumously in 1952 (there was a second volume in 1955), I will try to fill that gap. The book contains halachic discussions on various subjects written by his father, Rabbi Leib Shalom Zinober, who was the head of … Continue reading Sefer Divrei Shalom, with Nesivos Yisroel, by Rabbi Leib Shalom Zinober and his son, Rabbi Israel Bernard Zinober, London 1952.
This little book is packed with historical information, including an amazing subscription list which is scanned below. The book itself consists of explanations of the Torah, by Rabbi David Kleinerman, who was the Rabbi of Shereshev. His book Chomos Yerushalayim was published in 1807 and can be found here. My book was published by Yaakov ben … Continue reading Lekutei Yaavetz, by Rabbi David Kleinerman, published by Yaakov ben Tzvi, Manchester, 1894. (Rabbi Elie Munk’s copy).
This book is a nice history of the early Jewish community in Manchester and its Great Synagogue. It starts with messages and greetings from: Chief Rabbi Dr. Israel Brodie Rabbi Dr. Alexander Altman, the Communal Rabbi of Manchester and District Professor Rabbi Israel Abrahams, Chief Rabbi of the Cape, South Africa Isidore Sandler, President of … Continue reading The Manchester Great Synagogue, Cheetham Hill Road, 1858-1958, edited by H. R.Gouldman
Palestina was the journal of the Chovevei Zion (Lovers of Zion) Association. This was formally founded in 1884 and was at one time a large, strong international movement, with branches called 'Tents' in major Jewish communities throughout Great Britain and Ireland. However, they gave only a reluctant … Continue reading Palestina – The Chovevei Zion Quarterly, September 1897
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 Knesset Yisroel by Rabbi Israel Jacob Yoffey, Manchester,1910
This book is the Purim book, written by Rabbi Judah Potok, originally from Leipzig, who was living in Manchester during the war. The author starts with thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fidler, who made a generous donation towards its printing (at the Narodiczky press in London) and then follows with an illustrious and interesting … Continue reading Ozar Likutey Purim by Rabbi Judah Potok of Manchester (formerly Leipzig), London 1944.