Sefer Gedulas Mordechai, by Rabbi Mordechai ben Avraham Rabbiner of Boisk (Bauska), Vilna 1878

This book is not from my usual Anglo-Judaica collection, which I write about on this site, but from my Antique Judaica collection, and has an interesting subscription (prenumeranten) list , which we will come to.  The original hand-made binding is also interesting, with its decorative leather shield. Rabbi Mordechai Rabbiner was born at Sloboda, a … Continue reading Sefer Gedulas Mordechai, by Rabbi Mordechai ben Avraham Rabbiner of Boisk (Bauska), Vilna 1878

Shaare Orah VeAve Yetumim – Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Orphan Society, Report 5669-70 – 1909, London.

This little booklet is the report of the  Jews' Orphan Society for Educating, Clothing, Maintaining, and Apprenticing Orphan children of the Congregation.  The Hebrew title of the Society means 'Gates of Light and Father of the Orphans'. It was one of the oldest Anglo-Jewish charities, having been founded in 1703, originally at 10 Bevis Marks, … Continue reading Shaare Orah VeAve Yetumim – Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Orphan Society, Report 5669-70 – 1909, London.

The Bayswater Synagogue 1863-1963, Olga Somech Phillips and Hyman A. Simons, London 1963.

This is a relatively modern book, but is important because of its description of this prominent Synagogue and its community. In the middle of the nineteenth century the Synagogue organization of London had remained unaltered since the middle of the previous century. the community who lived in the West End were affiliated to one of … Continue reading The Bayswater Synagogue 1863-1963, Olga Somech Phillips and Hyman A. Simons, London 1963.

Produktivizatsye – Productivisation – Short Stories by Y. A. Lisky, London 1937.

"Productivisation," is a collection of short stories in Yiddish by the longtime journalist Y. A. Lisky, who fled anti-Semitism in Vienna and ran England's longest-surviving secular Yiddish newspaper until he was 89.His real name was Yude Itamar Fuks, and he was the brother of the writer A. M. Fuks.  He was born in Yezerna in … Continue reading Produktivizatsye – Productivisation – Short Stories by Y. A. Lisky, London 1937.

Chayei Olam and Beis Haknesses by Myer Joel Wigoder of Dublin, Ireland, (1936?)

Myer Joel Wigoder was born in the village of Vigoda, near Vexna, Lithuania in 1855.  He had a thorough Yeshiva education and after various trials and tribulations left Lithuania in search of a better place to economically establish his young family.  He travelled to Dublin, Ireland, and was eventually joined by his brother, Doctor George … Continue reading Chayei Olam and Beis Haknesses by Myer Joel Wigoder of Dublin, Ireland, (1936?)

Talmud – Masseches Zevachim,Amsterdam, Imanuel Benveniste, 1647

This is in my Antique Sforim collection, to make a change from the Anglo Judaica collection that I usually write about. This volume, Tractate Zevachim, was printed by Emanuel Benveniste, who is believed to have been born in Spain, and came to Amsterdam via Italy.  He lived in Vlooienburg, an area where many Sephardic Jews … Continue reading Talmud – Masseches Zevachim,Amsterdam, Imanuel Benveniste, 1647

Farviste Erd, Scorched Earth, by S. Palme. London 1944.

S. Palme was the pen name of Bernard (Berl) Sovinsky.  He was my great-grandmother's first cousin, born in Miedzyrzec Podlaski (Mezerich in Poland) to Baruch and Chana Sovinsky in 1888. In his youth he moved to Warsaw and studied painting. He spent some time in the Warsaw Citadel for revolutionary activities. In 1910 he left … Continue reading Farviste Erd, Scorched Earth, by S. Palme. London 1944.

Drashot, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Orliansky, New York, 1927

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

Pirchei HaAviv, by Rabbi Israel Chaim Daiches, Vilna, 1870.

Rabbi Israel Chaim Daiches was the Rabbi of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in Leeds, England, from 1901.  This Shul was founded in the 1870s and grew until it was able to appoint an Eastern European Rabbinical scholar as its Rabbi. Israel Chaim Daiches was born in 1850 in Darshunishek, Lithuania, into a Rabbinical family.  His … Continue reading Pirchei HaAviv, by Rabbi Israel Chaim Daiches, Vilna, 1870.

Zecher Ov, i.e. Memory of Father by Zev Wolf Olivenstein of Warsaw, published by Rev. H. Olivestone, Tredegar (Wales), London 1916.

This little book has the most amazing prenumeranten (subscription) list, so please read right through to the end! Henich/Chanoch/Henry Olivestone was born in Warsaw in about 1884 and died in 1952. he emigrated to the British Isles and became a Shochet (Ritual Slaughterer) and Shaliach Tsibur (Synagogue Reader) in Tredegar, in Wales. The Jewish community … Continue reading Zecher Ov, i.e. Memory of Father by Zev Wolf Olivenstein of Warsaw, published by Rev. H. Olivestone, Tredegar (Wales), London 1916.