This book copies the traditional style of the blue 20th Century Adler Machzorim (Holiday Prayer Books), and has a similar binding. It is interesting because it combines prayers and celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut with some British flavours. My copy was owned, and is stamped by Rabbi Aaron Ben Zion Shurin. He was a native … Continue reading Order of Service for Israel Independence Day, edited by Moses Friedlander, published for Armin Krausz by Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd., London 1964
There is a street in Jerusalem called Rechov Alkalai, which people often mistake for the writer of the dictionary. Actually, it is named after Rabbi Yehudah Alkalai, who came up with the idea that the Jewish people should organize to settle in the Land of Israel, at a much earlier date than the modern Zionist … Continue reading Mevaser Tov (Harbinger of Good Tidings) by Rabbi Yehuda Alkalai, London, 1852.
This is the Jewish Year Book 1939, published by the Jewish Chronicle, London, England. The pages scanned are those of Zionist organizations just before the Second World War. The entries show a very great depth of support in the Jewish community of the time, with large numbers involved.
What is striking about this little booklet is the date. We expect the 1930s and 1940s - the era of the Holocaust. But this was published by the London Jewish Chronicle in 1918, towards the end of the First World War. Even allowing for the fact that this was a time of great anti-German sentiment, … Continue reading Anti-Semitism in Germany, by Israel Cohen, London 1918.
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.
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)
The Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry (AACI), formed in December 1945, was created to study the situation of Jewish survivors in Europe and the problems connected with their resettlement in Palestine. Composed of six British and six American members, the Committee was charged with gathering information and making recommendations on, first, the effect of Jewish immigration … Continue reading Memorandum submitted to the Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry into the Jewish Problem in Europe and the Future of Palestine by the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, London 1946.
This book is in my Anglo-Judaica collection because the author, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch (Harris) Orliansky is another largely forgotten Rabbi who was in the United Kingdom from 1895 to 1905. (It is also Part Two - I do not have the first part). Rabbi Orliansky (1864-1940), the son of Rabbi Isaac Orliansky, was born in … Continue reading Drashot, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Orliansky, New York, 1927
Rabbi Chaim Zundel Maccoby, known as the "Kamenitzer Maggid (preacher)" because of the name that he had made for himself in the Russian town of Kamenitz-Litovsk in the 1870s was an early adherent of the Chovevei Tzion (Lovers of Zion) Movement. His sermons did not find favour in Tsarist circles, and in 1890 he fled … Continue reading Imre Chaim, writings of the “Kamenitzer Maggid”, Rabbi Chaim Zundel Maccoby, Max Mansky, Tel Aviv, 1928.
Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky was born in Daskovichy, near Grodno, in 1886. He studied in the yeshivos of Telz, Mir, Slabodka and Brisk and became a Rabbi who served in various Russian communities including Slutsk and Smolensk. He fought against the Soviet governments attempts to supress Jewish religion, and in 1931 was allowed to leave the … Continue reading Eretz Yisroel – Nachalas Am Yisroel – by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1945.