Yalkut Yosef, by Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew, London 1942.

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.

London Lyrics by A. N. Stencl, London, 1940 (Yiddish).

Avrom Nochem Stencl came to London in 1936.  He was born in Czeladz, near Sosnoviec, Poland, in 1897.  His family was rabbinical, and he had lived in Germany for some years, where he was a published author.  His first volume of poetry in London was published in 1937.  Stencil was an amazingly prolific poet.  I … Continue reading London Lyrics by A. N. Stencl, London, 1940 (Yiddish).

Chevelei HaNeshama uMusar Hayahadut, in Yiddish, by Rabbi Yehoshua Szpetman of London, printed in Warsaw, 1938.

This book is by Rabbi Joshua Szpetman, known by his diminutive name "Shiya".  Rabbi Szpetman was a native of Lublin, who had already been a Rosh Yeshiva (Head of a Rabbinical Academy) in Poland when he emigrated to London. He was the Rabbi of the Nelson Street Sephardishe Synagogue in the East End of London … Continue reading Chevelei HaNeshama uMusar Hayahadut, in Yiddish, by Rabbi Yehoshua Szpetman of London, printed in Warsaw, 1938.

Proletarishe Yugnt (Proletarian Youth), A. M. Orzycer, London 1943

Abraham Mordecai Orzhitzer (also spelled Orzycer) was born on March 1, 1913 in Brok, near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland.  In 1931, at the age of 18, he emigrated to Paris and went on from there to London. where he was a tailor and writer.  In 1953 he moved to the United States. He was a reporter … Continue reading Proletarishe Yugnt (Proletarian Youth), A. M. Orzycer, London 1943

Reb Yisroel Baal Shem Tov by Morris Myer, London 1942.

This interesting 200+ page paperback book contains historical facts, stories and legends about the founder of Chassidism, Rabbi Israel, known as the Baal Shem Tov or Besht.  The author, Morris Myer was born in Romania in 1879.  He came to London in 1902 and worked as a journalist. He was known as a writer, an … Continue reading Reb Yisroel Baal Shem Tov by Morris Myer, London 1942.

Lemech HaSheni by Ben-A Sochachewsky, London 1946

Ben-A Sochachewsky (1889-1958) was a journalist, poet and teller of Chassidic stories.  He was born in Lodz, Poland, and arrived in London about 1913. He was on the editorial staff of Di Zeit, the London Yiddish newspaper, of which I have written about here. His actual name was Yechiel Meir or "Chil Majer" Sochachewsky, but … Continue reading Lemech HaSheni by Ben-A Sochachewsky, London 1946

Di Zeit – Yiddish Daily Newspaper, London, 1949 – Advertisements and Classified

I have a number of copies of Di Zeit (pronounced Di Tsayt), The Jewish Times, London's daily Yiddish newspaper, in my collection. Di Zeit was founded in 1913 by Morris Myer, an immigrant from Roumania. Originally it was a newspaper for the Jewish working class, then it became a supporter of Zionism and the Poalei … Continue reading Di Zeit – Yiddish Daily Newspaper, London, 1949 – Advertisements and Classified