Rabbi Chaim Zundel Maccoby, known as the "Kamenitzer Maggid (preacher)" because of the name that he had made for himself in the Russian town of Kamenitz-Litovsk in the 1870s was an early adherent of the Chovevei Tzion (Lovers of Zion) Movement. His sermons did not find favour in Tsarist circles, and in 1890 he fled … Continue reading Imre Chaim, writings of the “Kamenitzer Maggid”, Rabbi Chaim Zundel Maccoby, Max Mansky, Tel Aviv, 1928.
In my collection of Jewish Year Books, 1947 is interesting because it reflects Jewish life in Britain after the war. It is also one of the years when the Federation of Synagogues had co-operated by supplying information. Come and join me as we go through the pages with London Synagogues. In 1947 there were 196 … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 1947, London, edited by Albert Hyamson – London Synagogues.
1945 was a big year for Rabbi Yaacov Kopul Rosen. He published this book, printed by the Narodiczky Press in Whitechapel. It was actually his Master of Arts dissertation from the University of Manchester. And, at the age of just 31 he became the Principal Rabbi of the Federation of Synagogues. Kopul ("Cyril") Rosen was … Continue reading Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Musar Movement by Rabbi Kopul Rosen, London, 1945.
This item is a single page from the London Newspaper The Graphic. With descriptions by Lucien Woolf, it depicts the members of the London Beth Din at a crucial time in 1906, just before the Federation of Synagogues withdrew Dayan Chaikin from the London Beth Din. It also provides us with striking images of the … Continue reading “Beth Hamedrash & Beth Din”, (House of Learning & Judgement) – A Jewish Court, from The Graphic, August 11th, 1906
I've previously written about Rabbi Chaikin's other book printed in London, Klalei HaPoskim, which was printed in 1923. This book was printed a little earlier, in 1921. My copy is in it's original paper wrapper, with almost uncut pages folded from sheets. It is waiting to be taken to a bookbinder. The paper is not … Continue reading Tzion Rashi, by Dayan Moshe Avigdor Chaikin, London 1921
This is a descriptive index on the rules and sources of the Poskim, the halachic rabbinical authorities, by Rabbi Moshe Avigdor Chaikin. After the introduction, which I have scanned in full below, there is a dedication to Rabbi Chaikin's wife, Tanna Rivka, daughter of Rabbi Solomon Zalman Pinsker. The book is arranged alphabetically, and after … Continue reading Klalei HaPoskim (Rules of the Codifiers) by Rabbi Moshe Avigdor Chaikin, London 1923
Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer is another of the forgotten Rabbis of London. He was the Rabbi of the flagship synagogue of the Federation of Synagogues, the Philpot Street Great Synagogue, and yet gets one tiny passing mention in Geoffrey Alderman's "The Federation of Synagogues - A New History". But before we even start with Rabbi … Continue reading L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part I, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1939
I bought this book in 1987 in the closing-down sale of the old Feldheim book store on East Broadway, New York. I have other copies of the Jewish Year Book, from the very first one in 1896, but this is one of the most useful. The earlier Jewish Year Books had plenty of information about … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 1932, Rev. S. Levy – and the Federation of Synagogues
The author of this book, a commentary on Pirkei Avos - the Ethics of the Fathers - was Rabbi (Later Dayan) Michoel Fisher. He was one of the most distinguished European Rabbis who came to Great Britain and added greatly to the British Rabbinate. He was born in Grodno and studied under the most important rabbinical … Continue reading Ateres Mordechai by Dayan Michoel Fisher, London 1953 (Narod Press)
This is the first of two books written by Rabbi Cymerman and published in London. Rabbi Jacob Henoch Cymerman was a Ger Chosid - a Chassidic Follower of the Rabbis of Ger. He was born in Serock, near Warsaw in 1883 or 1887 (sources vary), the son of Rabbi Yitzchok Mayer Cymerman. He moved to … Continue reading Imrei Yaakov by Rabbi Jacob Henech Cymerman, London 1944