Moznaim LeMishpot by Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer, Koenigsberg, 1855.

I usually write about Anglo-Judaica, however this book is from my general antique book collection.  It is the only edition of a detailed clarification of the Shulhan Arukh, Hoshen Mishpat written by R. Zvi Hirsch ben Solomon Kalischer. Rabbi Kalischer (1795 - 1874) was an early proponent of the Zionist idea.  He was born in … Continue reading Moznaim LeMishpot by Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer, Koenigsberg, 1855.

The Zionist Federation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northen Ireland, 72nd Annual Report, London 1972.

This 110 page Report is definitely historical - it is 50 years old and therefore claims its place in my library of Anglo-Judaica.  It is one of a long series of similar reports, and I have previously written about that of 1945.  However, much of the 1972 Report is about the British Zionist Federation's 71st … Continue reading The Zionist Federation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northen Ireland, 72nd Annual Report, London 1972.

Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Annual Report 1938-9, London.

This booklet is really the Annual Report of the British Friends, who had been established in 1926.  It describes the University on the eve of the Second World War and has interesting lists of subscribers and donors. The Organizing Secretary of the Friends when this report was written was Chaim Raphael.  He was born Chaim … Continue reading Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Annual Report 1938-9, London.

About Zionism, Speeches and Lectures by Professor Albert Einstein with an introduction by Leon Simon, London, 1930.

This book is the first edition (which precedes the American edition by one year) of this volume of Albert Einstein's speeches and letters concerning his views on Zionism. Einstein was not a conventional thinker, and as we might expect, his views on Zionism were not conventional either. He was an assimilated Jew who saw that … Continue reading About Zionism, Speeches and Lectures by Professor Albert Einstein with an introduction by Leon Simon, London, 1930.

Jewish National Fund for Great Britain & Ireland, Report 5699, London 1939.

This report, covering the year ended 30th September 1939, provides a picture of the JNF at the beginning of the Second World War.  There is great concern over the Jews of Poland, a community of three and a half million Jews.  Where can they go? Only in Palestine can they find a home.  The Jewish … Continue reading Jewish National Fund for Great Britain & Ireland, Report 5699, London 1939.

The Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, Forty-Fifth Annual Report, London 1945.

This is the Annual Report of the British Zionist Federation, printed at the Narodiczky Press in Whitechapel just after the end of the Second World War. It was a critical time and the report demonstrates the energy and vitality of the British Zionist movement at that time.  It lists many names of activists. I have … Continue reading The Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, Forty-Fifth Annual Report, London 1945.

Metsudah (Fortress), Essays and Studies edited by Simon Rawidowicz, London, February 1943.

Simon Rawidowicz was the editor of Yalkut, from 1940 the monthly Hebrew supplement of the Zionist Review in London.  This literary review was an attempt to rekindle hopes of a Hebrew revival from London at a time when the Nazis had swept away the revival in most of Europe.  However, in February 1943 this was … Continue reading Metsudah (Fortress), Essays and Studies edited by Simon Rawidowicz, London, February 1943.

The Gates of Zion (Quarterly Magazine of the Synagogue Council of the Zionist Federation (UK), January 1951.

This was a quarterly magazine, and the first three short articles reproduced below are interesting reading. The editorial, "Accursed Germany" demonstrates the raw depth of feeling about the German murderers in January 1951. There is a good article by the Rev. J. K. Goldbloom about Rabbi Jehuda Hai Alkalai.  I have a copy of his … Continue reading The Gates of Zion (Quarterly Magazine of the Synagogue Council of the Zionist Federation (UK), January 1951.

Amudei Yaavetz, by Yaakov ben Tzvi Charif, printed by Joseph Massel, Manchester, 1897.

I have very little information about the author of this book.  He is Yaakov ben Tzvi, sometimes identified as Yaakov Tzvi Alberstadt, and according to Rabbi Yitzchok Yaakov Reines was from Nishvez.  He appeared in Manchester in the 1890s, where he lived in a state of economic uncertainty and wrote or published several books.  I … Continue reading Amudei Yaavetz, by Yaakov ben Tzvi Charif, printed by Joseph Massel, Manchester, 1897.

In Kampf Farn Land (In the fight for a country, diary of a Jewish Legionnaire), Louis Nirenstein, London 1928.

This book - in Yiddish - tells the story of a Jewish soldier who fought in a Jewish Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers of the British Army in World War I. Louis (Yehuda Leib) Nirenstein was born in the village of Pyesk, in the Grodno district of Byelorussia.  He emigrated to the United States in … Continue reading In Kampf Farn Land (In the fight for a country, diary of a Jewish Legionnaire), Louis Nirenstein, London 1928.