Morris Katz (Pinkhes Moyshe Kats) was born in Lodz in 1901, left Poland in 1925 and lived in Czechoslovakia and then Antwerp, Belgium, before fleeing to London in 1940. He emigrated to the United States in 1950. He was a dentist and Yiddish writer who contributed to various Yiddish newspapers, including the daily Yiddish newspaper … Continue reading Der Mishpat – Judgement, a play by Morris Katz, London 1949
Philip Max (Feivl Mordecai) Raskin was born in Shklov on December 24th, 1880. He had a good secular education, including the Polytechnical School in Zurich. In 1899 he emigrated to England and graduated from the Royal School for Literature and Science in Leeds. He worked for the Leeds City Health department for a number of … Continue reading Gheto Lieder – Ghetto Poems by Philip Max Raskin, Yiddish, Leeds, England, 1910.
S. Palme was the pen name of Bernard (Berl) Sovinsky. He was my great-grandmother’s first cousin, born in Miedzyrzec Podlaski (Mezerich in Poland) to Baruch and Chana Sovinsky in 1888. I have previously written about his book Farviste Erd (Scorched Earth), published in London in 1943. This copy has all three books bound together, and … Continue reading Glokn in Midbar (Bells in the Desert), Yiddish, London, 1948 and Ringn un Keyten (Rings and Chains), Yiddish, London, 1947 by S. Palme.
This little booklet is a speech on Sabbath rest, in Yiddish. It was published in 1919 by the Liverpool branch of Mizrachi at a price of sixpence. Rabbi Samuel Jacob Rabinowicz was born in Kelme, Lithuania, in 1857, and died in Liverpool, England, in 1921. He held rabbinical posts at Ivye, Aleksot, and Sopotskin and … Continue reading Menuchas Shabbos, by Rabbi Samuel Jacob Rabinowitz of Liverpool, Yiddish, London 1919.
Rabbi Joshua (Shiya) Szpetman was a native of Lublin, who had already been a Rosh Yeshiva in Poland when he emigrated to London. He was the Rabbi of the Nelson Street Sephardishe Synagogue from the 1930s until his death in 1964. We should say a word about the Nelson Street Synagogue. It is the survivor … Continue reading Likvod Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Rabbi Yehoshua Szpetman, London, 1957 (Yiddish).
Here is another interesting British Haggadah. It was published in London by M. L. Cailingold in 1939 and apparently sponsored by Lloyd Rakusen and sons (see the last image below). M. L. Cailingold was owned by Moshe Leib Cailingold (pronounced Tzailingold) who came from a bookselling family in Warsaw and died in 1967. He arrived … Continue reading Haggadah Shel Pesach, M. L. Cailingold, London 1939
This book is a play in four acts, but before we begin with the authors, I would like to mention the paper wrappers which are reproduced below and include some advertising and a splendid list of Jewish sheet music available from the London Hebrew Publishing Company, Mazin & Co. Ltd., 141 Whitechapel Road. Max Miltone, … Continue reading Khaos oder Mendel Der Stolier oder Di Letste Yudishe Hofnung (Chaos, or Mendel the Carpenter or The Last Jewish Hope), by Max and Julian Miltone, London 1909.
I've written before about a similar book by Jacob Meyer Zalkind, the Talmud in Yiddish on Masseches Berachos. Both of these are in the order Zerayim, but Peah is only in the Jerusalem Talmud. Yaakov Meir Zalkind, or Dr. Yankev-Meyer Zalkind was an orthodox Rabbi, an anarchist friend of Rudolf Rocker and a pacifist. He … Continue reading The Talmud in Yiddish, Masseches Peah (Yerushalmi), Dr. Jacob Meyer Zalkind, London 1928.
Abraham Mordecai Orzhitzer (also spelled Orzycer) was born on March 1, 1913 in Brok, near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland. In 1931, at the age of 18, he emigrated to Paris and went on from there to London. where he was a tailor and writer. In 1953 he moved to the United States. He was a reporter … Continue reading Proletarishe Yugnt (Proletarian Youth), A. M. Orzycer, London 1943
This interesting 200+ page paperback book contains historical facts, stories and legends about the founder of Chassidism, Rabbi Israel, known as the Baal Shem Tov or Besht. The author, Morris Myer was born in Romania in 1879. He came to London in 1902 and worked as a journalist. He was known as a writer, an … Continue reading Reb Yisroel Baal Shem Tov by Morris Myer, London 1942.