Yismach Yisrael by Rabbi Dr. Joseph Litvin, London 1958

Rabbi Dr. Joseph Litvin (1896 - 1966) arrived in London before the Second World War from Latvia.  He was described as a Zionist of First World War Vintage and was a prolific speaker at Synagogue events during the 1940s, 50s, and up to his death in 1966.  In 1941 he was the Representative of the … Continue reading Yismach Yisrael by Rabbi Dr. Joseph Litvin, London 1958

Tzion Rashi, by Dayan Moshe Avigdor Chaikin, London 1921

I've previously written about Rabbi Chaikin's other book printed in London, Klalei HaPoskim, which was printed in 1923.  This book was printed a little earlier, in 1921.  My copy is in it's original paper wrapper, with almost uncut pages folded from sheets.  It is waiting to be taken to a bookbinder.  The paper is not … Continue reading Tzion Rashi, by Dayan Moshe Avigdor Chaikin, London 1921

Think and Thank, The Montefiore Synagogue and College, Ramsgate, Rev. D. A. Jessurun Cardozo, Paul Goodman, London, 1933

This book was published to commemorate the centenary of the Montefiore Synagogue and College at Ramsgate.  It has two sections: From the dedication of the Synagogue to the death of Sir Moses Montefiore, by Rev. D. A. Jessurun Cardozo, Hazan of the Synagogue. The Montefiore Endowment 1885-1933 by Paul Goodman. Moses Montefiore and his wife … Continue reading Think and Thank, The Montefiore Synagogue and College, Ramsgate, Rev. D. A. Jessurun Cardozo, Paul Goodman, London, 1933

Klalei HaPoskim (Rules of the Codifiers) by Rabbi Moshe Avigdor Chaikin, London 1923

This is a descriptive index on the rules and sources of the Poskim, the halachic rabbinical authorities, by Rabbi Moshe Avigdor Chaikin.  After the introduction, which I have scanned in full below, there is a dedication to Rabbi Chaikin's wife, Tanna Rivka, daughter of Rabbi Solomon Zalman Pinsker.  The book is arranged alphabetically, and after … Continue reading Klalei HaPoskim (Rules of the Codifiers) by Rabbi Moshe Avigdor Chaikin, London 1923

The Jewish Year Book 5657, Joseph Jacobs, 1896, London

I have a whole shelf of Jewish Year Books - they are still being issued each year today - but this one is the grand-daddy of them all, the Jewish Year Book for the first year, published in 1896.  This was a revolutionary book, full of facts and contact information for the "Queen's Jewry", the … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 5657, Joseph Jacobs, 1896, London

Zeman Zemanim Zemanehem attributed to Rabbi Jonah Rappa, edited by Rev. George Belasco of Ramsgate, London 1908

This book gives us an opportunity to introduce another largely forgotten Anglo-Jewish clergyman, George (Gershon) Simmons Belasco. The book itself, which George Belasco edited from a rare manuscript, is an Anti-Christian satire.  The "Haggadah" of R. Jonah Rapa (c. 1380), is a vehement denunciation of the licentiousness indulged in by Gentiles during the carnival. It … Continue reading Zeman Zemanim Zemanehem attributed to Rabbi Jonah Rappa, edited by Rev. George Belasco of Ramsgate, London 1908

L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part I, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1939

Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer is another of the forgotten Rabbis of London.  He was the Rabbi of the flagship synagogue of the Federation of Synagogues, the Philpot Street Great Synagogue, and yet gets one tiny passing mention in Geoffrey Alderman's "The Federation of Synagogues - A New History". But before we even start with Rabbi … Continue reading L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part I, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1939

Nivat Nachum by Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Plotsk, published by his grandson, Israel Joseph Price, London 1886.

There is a little mystery to this book.  I do not know anything about Rabbi Menachem Nachum other than what is written in this book and also that he has a brief mention in the Plotsk Yizkor book.  he was a Dayan of Plotzk and Chief Rabbi in Friedeberg in Germany. The book was published … Continue reading Nivat Nachum by Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Plotsk, published by his grandson, Israel Joseph Price, London 1886.

Sefer Divrei Shalom, with Nesivos Yisroel, by Rabbi Leib Shalom Zinober and his son, Rabbi Israel Bernard Zinober, London 1952.

Rabbi Israel Boruch (Bernard) Zinober is rather forgotten today. In writing about his book, which was published posthumously in 1952 (there was a second volume in 1955), I will try to fill that gap.  The book contains halachic discussions on various subjects written by his father,  Rabbi Leib Shalom Zinober, who was the head of … Continue reading Sefer Divrei Shalom, with Nesivos Yisroel, by Rabbi Leib Shalom Zinober and his son, Rabbi Israel Bernard Zinober, London 1952.

Talmud Babli in Yiddish – Tractate Berakhos – Yaakov Meir Zalkind, London 1922

Yaakov Meir Zalkind, or Dr. Yankev-Meyer Zalkind was an orthodox Rabbi, an anarchist friend of Rudolf Rocker and a pacifist.  He was born in Kobrin in 1875 and his family descended from generations of famous rabbis, including the Chochom Tzvi, Maharshal and Tosephes Yom Tov.  He was educated at the Volozhin yeshiva, and then followed … Continue reading Talmud Babli in Yiddish – Tractate Berakhos – Yaakov Meir Zalkind, London 1922