This book belonged to Rabbi Yaakov Ben Zion Mendelsohn, another of Britain's slightly forgotten rabbis. He was a well-known and respected scholar, Talmudist and pulpit rabbi. His original name was Rabbi Yaakov Ben Zion Morein and he was born in Kreitzburg (Latvian Krustpils), in the Vitebsk district of Russia. He changed his name to Mendelsohn … Continue reading Ma’amar Ha’achdut by Yosef Yavetz, 1862 – Rabbi Yaakov Ben Zion Mendelsohn’s copy.
This is a Rabbinical journal which I have included in my collection to demonstrate the international renown of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber of London, extracts from whose book, Kerem HaTzvi are included. The editor, Shmuel Miller, is Dr. Simon Miller (1887-1971), a Yonkers dentist who served as a lay leader of Ohab Zedek and local … Continue reading Apiryon, Volume IV Number XI, by Shmuel Miller of Yonkers, New York, 1926-1927.
This little booklet, entitled Album of the Great Rabbis of Israel was given out by Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim to its donors in 1946. The "transplanted" Yeshiva "on American soil" was then at 59 west 88th Street, New York. It consists of portraits of the greatest Rabbonim, with a short description of each, starting with the … Continue reading A present from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, New York, 1946, and Dr. Falk, the Baal Shem of London…
Leo Jung was born in 1892 in Moravia, the son of Rabbi Meir Tzvi Jung. His father was appointed Chief Rabbi of the Federation of Synagogues in London in 1912. At the time the Federation was an orthodox rival to the more established and orthodox but English United Synagogue. Rabbi Meir Tzvi Jung, also, incidentally, … Continue reading Crumbs and Character, by Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung, New York 1942.
This is a ten volume set of encyclopedias, the first comprehensive encyclopedia in the Hebrew language. The editor, Julius Eisenstein undertook this work in response to perceived limitations of the English Language Jewish Encyclopedia. Julius (Judah David) Eisenstein was born in Miedzyrzec Podlaski (known to the Jews as Mezirich) on November 12th, 1854. In 1864 … Continue reading Otzar Yisrael – Hebrew Encyclopedia, editied by Julius Eisenstein 1907-1913. Subscription Lists.
My copy of Sefer Ikarim belonged to Rabbi Elie Munk. Today, Sivan 3rd, is his 40th yahrzeit. The connection with Anglo Jewry is that he was the father-in law of Chief Rabbi Lord Immanuel Jakobovits. His first cousin was Rabbi Eli Munk of Golders Green, London. Rabbi Munk (1900-1981), was district rabbi of Ansbach (Bavaria) … Continue reading Sefer Ikarim, by Rabbi Joseph Albo, Presburg, 1853 – copy of Rabbi Elie Munk of Paris.
This book is not part of my Anglo-Judaica collection. It is included because it has such an interesting list of subscribers (prenumeranten), from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Mannheimer was born in 1814. He was educated at the yeshiva of the Chasam Sofer. His first rabbinical position was at Shutelsdorf. … Continue reading Sefer Ein Habdolach, Rabbi Chaim Zvi Mannheim, New York, 1938, with Prenumeranten.
This is an important book, edited by the British educated Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung. My copy is inscribed by him personally as a gift to Dr. Samuel Belkin, who was the President of Yeshiva University in New York. It includes the mailing label. In 1912 the Federation of Synagogues in London, England, appointed a new … Continue reading Guardians of Our Heritage (1724-1953), edited by Leo Jung, New York, 1958 (inscribed).