This little book, printed by the Narod Press in Whitechapel, is by Rabbi Dr. Alec Eliezer Silverstone, who was the Rabbi of Southport, in Lancashire, England, for many years. Rabbi Silverstone’s father, Rabbi Yehoshua Dovid (known as Simon) Silverstone was one of the founders of the Manchester Yeshiva in 1911. Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, whom … Continue reading Sefer Marganita Tava by Rabbi Alec Eliezer Silverstone of Southport, London, 1956.
In going through my collection of Jewish books, I like to highlight an extract from each one. For 1950 I have chosen the Jewish community of Leeds, England. I have written about quite a number of books printed in Leeds, mostly at the press of Joseph Porton, and about several major Rabbonim (Rabbis) who led … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book, London 1950 – Synagogues and Communal Organizations in Leeds.
This is quite a scarce little book that is not listed in Cecil Roth's bibliography and seems to be only listed in four libraries worldwide. It was printed in Leeds, a hundred years ago, in 1921, by S. Tunick. It is a discourse on the place of mikveh in the Jewish ritual, with some essential … Continue reading The Well of Purification by Rabbi Hirsh Hurwitz of the Federation of Synagogues, Leeds, England, 1921 – 5681.
Rabbi David Zvi Schneebalg was the head of the Beis Din (Rabbinical Court) and Yeshiva of Vishnitz. The Schneebalg fanily lived through the Russian invasion of Poland in 1939 and the subsequent German occupation when they were able to escape. Rabbi David Zvi came to Manchester and became the rabbi of the Machzikei Hadath in … Continue reading Sefer Birchas HaPesach with Pischei Zitoh al Hilchos Pesach, by Pinchas Halevi Horowitz, with additions by Menachem Mendel Schneebalg and Shraga Feivish Schneebalg, London 1960.
Leib Sholem Kreditor was born in Lithuania in 1875. He was a journalist who emigrated from Lithuania to London around 1905. He worked as a Hebrew teacher in local Talmud Torahs, and also wrote short stories, reports, features, and articles on Yiddish theater in the London Yiddish press of his day. L. S. Kreditor was … Continue reading Der Rambam (Maimonides) – Folkstimleche Monografie by Leib Sholem Kreditor, London, 1950.
This is a book by another almost forgotten rabbi. Known in England as Reverend Morris Schwartz, he was the son of Rabbi Ezriel Schwartz, a schochet (ritual slaughterer) of Satmar. He was born in Europe in 1897 and emigrated to England around 1926. He is listed as Reverend Schwartz in the Jewish Year books for … Continue reading Hoil Moshe and Zvadin Leorcha, on bereavement and death, by Rabbi Moshe (Morris) Schwartz of Portsmouth, England, 1936, with an amazing 25 approbations.
This report, an immensely important social document, was actually printed in 1909. 2,693 maternity cases had been helped and about a thousand donors with their addresses are listed. This is a huge growth in a few years - check my copy of the report for 1901. This report has quite a story to tell. The … Continue reading Report of The Sick-Room Helps Society and Nurses’ Home, October, 1907 to December, 1908.
The Sick-Room Helps Society was founded by Alice Model in London in 1895. This report, for 1900-1901, shows the organization that had not yet grown to its eventual size. It is scanned in full below. 813 expecting mothers were helped and there is an interesting list of donors. I have a later report which I … Continue reading Report of the “Sick-Room Helps” Society, London, 1901.
This book, as we shall see below, is a wartime product, written for orthodox Yiddish-speaking Jews who were living through the London bombing. "Amid the thunders and lightnings of war, amid the deafening noise of high explosives and the roar of cannon the echo of the trumpet voice of Sinai must continue to resound throughout … Continue reading Yalkut Yosef, by Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew, London 1942.
Izak Goller had two careers - he was both a British Rabbi and a poet and artist. He was born in Plungian, Lithuania and brought up in Manchester. He gained a scholarship to the Manchester Central School and then studied in a yeshiva. His first ministerial appointment was at the Kovno synagogue in Manchester, and … Continue reading A Jew Speaks! Izak Goller, Liverpool, 1926