This book is by Rabbi Joshua Szpetman, known by his diminutive name "Shiya". Rabbi Szpetman was a native of Lublin, who had already been a Rosh Yeshiva (Head of a Rabbinical Academy) in Poland when he emigrated to London. He was the Rabbi of the Nelson Street Sephardishe Synagogue in the East End of London … Continue reading Chevelei HaNeshama uMusar Hayahadut, in Yiddish, by Rabbi Yehoshua Szpetman of London, printed in Warsaw, 1938.
Aliyos Eliyahu is a book about Rabbi Eliyahu (HaGra), the Vilna Gaon. It is an interesting book in itself, but my interest is also that my copy once belonged to Rabbi Hyman Levin, also known as Chaim Levine, a Hebrew teacher and Rabbi of the Chevrah Chayei Adam of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in Leeds. … Continue reading Aliyos Eliyahu, by Rabbi Yehoshua Heshil Levin, Warsaw, 1901 – copy of Rabbi Hyman Levin of Leeds, England.
This book is from my antique books, not my Anglo-Judaica collection, and is a most appropriate book for Purim in a time of plague, such as COVID. The story behind the book, which the Rema explains in his introduction, is that the Rema was forced to leave Cracow for Shidlow because of an outbreak of … Continue reading Mechir Yayin (The Price of Wine) by Rabbi Moses Isserles (The Rema) on Megillas Esther, (Warsaw), 1866.
This little book has the most amazing prenumeranten (subscription) list, so please read right through to the end! Henich/Chanoch/Henry Olivestone was born in Warsaw in about 1884 and died in 1952. he emigrated to the British Isles and became a Shochet (Ritual Slaughterer) and Shaliach Tsibur (Synagogue Reader) in Tredegar, in Wales. The Jewish community … Continue reading Zecher Ov, i.e. Memory of Father by Zev Wolf Olivenstein of Warsaw, published by Rev. H. Olivestone, Tredegar (Wales), London 1916.
This is a copy of Moreh Nebuchim, which means Guide for the Perplexed, that was printed in Warsaw by Isaac Goldman in 1872. Moreh Nebuchim is a work of philosophy, written by Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, known as Maimonides or the Rambam. It is divided into three parts and this edition has four commentaries. My … Continue reading The Biala Rebbe’s copy of Moreh Nebuchim – the Guide for the Perplexed, by the Rambam (Maimonides), Warsaw 1872
This book is in my Anglo-Judaica library because of its Association. It belonged to Dayan Michoel Fisher, Rav Rashi of the Federation of Synagogues in London. For more about Dayan Fisher, see my previous post here. Chemdas Moshe is a book of Shailos and Tshuvos (Questions and Answers) by Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter of Lodz, whose … Continue reading Dayan Fisher’s copy of Chemdas HaNefesh, the last part of Chemdas Moshe, Warsaw 1897.