Dinei Mamanot (Civil Law – Definition of Categories) by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1939.

This important little booklet was published by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky in London in 1939, and printed by Israel Narodiczky in Whitechapel, London.  It has been reprinted in Israel, and sometimes gets quoted in various articles on Jewish law, but this is the original printing. Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky was born in Daskovichy, near Grodno, in 1886. … Continue reading Dinei Mamanot (Civil Law – Definition of Categories) by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1939.

Sefer Zichron, in honour of Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski, edited by Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1942.

This is an interesting book.  Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky was the leading Rabbinical Posek (Rabbi who makes Jewish legal decisions) and spiritual guide of his generation.  He was born in 1863 and by the end of the nineteenth century he was a key leader of European Jewry, living in Vilna, Lithuania.  His book, Shaylos VeTeshuvos … Continue reading Sefer Zichron, in honour of Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski, edited by Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1942.

Chamesh Megilos, printed by Anton Schmid, Vienna, 1818 with a long list of subscribers (prenumeranten)

This book is from my Antique Hebrew Books collection.  It was printed over 200 years ago by Anton Schmid, a prolific printing house in Vienna, Austria.  Anton Schmid was not Jewish but produced excellent quality Hebrew books.  The Chamesh Megillos are the five books: Song of Songs, The Book of Ruth, The Book of Lamentations, … Continue reading Chamesh Megilos, printed by Anton Schmid, Vienna, 1818 with a long list of subscribers (prenumeranten)

Sefer Hayeled – a gift book for Jewish children, London 1944.

This is not just a childrens' book.  It is an evocative piece of social history, consisting of material that had been previously published in Hayeled - (The Child), a magazine intended for children who had been evacuated from London during the Second World War.  The book effectively provides instructions for children on how to live … Continue reading Sefer Hayeled – a gift book for Jewish children, London 1944.

The Jewish Chronicle, London, 1915 – Advertisements, Announcements etc. (250th Post)

This is a bound volume of the Jewish Chronicle for 1915 that I added to my collection some years ago. The paper is a little fragile, but has held up well.  There is a noticeable downgrade in quality of paper towards the end of the year - something that would not be noticeable of I … Continue reading The Jewish Chronicle, London, 1915 – Advertisements, Announcements etc. (250th Post)

Terumas Hadeshen, by Rabbi Israel Isserlein, printed in Furth, 1778.

This is from my antique book collection, not my Anglo-Judaica collection, although, according to the Geni website the author, Rabbi Israel Isserlein was my 17th great grandfather. Rabbi Israel Isserlein was a very important late medieval rabbi, active in the mid-1400s.  The book's name comes from the practice in the Temple in Jerusalem of removing … Continue reading Terumas Hadeshen, by Rabbi Israel Isserlein, printed in Furth, 1778.

A Companion to the Authorized Daily Prayer Book of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire, London, 1922.

The quintessential Anglo-Jewish Hebrew and English Siddur, sometimes known as "Singers Prayer Book", was compiled by the Reverend Simeon Singer.  Rabbi Simeon Singer was born in London in 1846. He was educated at Jews College in London and while still there became a part-time Minister (in 1867 at the Borough Synagogue) and teacher.  He moved … Continue reading A Companion to the Authorized Daily Prayer Book of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire, London, 1922.

Commemorative Brochure of the Sixteenth Siyyum of the Halukat HaMishnah, Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London, 1965

Each of the participants in the Halukat Hamishna project undertakes to study a different Tractate of the Mishnah.  By that means the entire Mishna is learned within a few months.  This is followed by a siyum to mark its completion and the commencement of a new cycle.  I have previously written about the brochure that … Continue reading Commemorative Brochure of the Sixteenth Siyyum of the Halukat HaMishnah, Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London, 1965

Lord Meyor’s Show-Day 1837, by Wilfred Samuel, London 1950.

This interesting little item, an early Jewish Museum, London publication, caught my eye because of a family connection.  My late father and grandfather both used to buy jewellery from the firm of M. H. Meyer that is mentioned.  The author, Wilfred Sampson Samuel, was a British businessman and historian who was born in London in … Continue reading Lord Meyor’s Show-Day 1837, by Wilfred Samuel, London 1950.

Otzar Yisrael – Hebrew Encyclopedia, editied by Julius Eisenstein 1907-1913. Subscription Lists.

This is a ten volume set of encyclopedias, the first comprehensive encyclopedia in the Hebrew language.  The editor, Julius Eisenstein undertook this work in response to perceived limitations of the English Language Jewish Encyclopedia. Julius (Judah David) Eisenstein was born in Miedzyrzec Podlaski (known to the Jews as Mezirich) on November 12th, 1854.  In 1864 … Continue reading Otzar Yisrael – Hebrew Encyclopedia, editied by Julius Eisenstein 1907-1913. Subscription Lists.