I have a set of these Machzorim (Festival Prayer Books), in near mint condition, but sadly with no bookplate or information about who owned them. The translation, into fine 18th century English, demonstrates the skill of the erudite scholar, David Levi. The prayer for King George the Third and the Royal family, below, is particularly … Continue reading Form of Prayers for the Day of Atonement according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London 5551 (1791).
This is a Siddur (a prayer book with daily and Sabbath prayers), published in London in 1789 by David Levi. It is important as it was the first Siddur with an English translation. It is very comprehensive with prayers for every occasion as well as a prayer for the Royal Family - King George III. … Continue reading Seder Hatefilot – Form of Prayers according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London, 1789.
David Levi was one of the earliest Anglo-Jewish scholars, bilingual in Hebrew and English, and a fierce defender of the Jews. He was born to poor immigrant parents in London in 1742 and worked as a shoemaker, then as a hatter, then as a printer. He was very well read and wrote about Judaisn for … Continue reading Dissertations on the Prophesies of the Old Testament, David Levi, London, 1793.
This is the sixth and final volume of the second edition of the set of David Levi Machzorim, as revised by Isaac Levy. At the end, it includes the long and interesting subscription list of those who paid in advance for copies of the book, with their names and addresses. The prayer for the king … Continue reading Machzor leChag Hashavuos – The Form of Prayers for the Feast of Pentecost, London, 1807
This is a Georgian Machzor, the second edition of the David Levi Machzor, printed posthumously in 1807. It was revised by Isaac Levi and has a bold portrait of Chief Rabbi Solomon Hirschell as its frontispiece, that is actually dated 1808. It was printed by E. Justins press at 34 Brick Lane, Spitalfields. My copy … Continue reading Machzor for Rosh Hashana – The Form of Prayers for the New Year according to the custom of the German and Polish Jews, David Levi, 1807