Kerem HaTzvi, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, Vienna, 1920.

This is the first edition of the first part of Rabbi Ferber's seminal work,  and commentary on the Chumash (Pentateuch), Kerem HaTzvi, which he titled in English "The Vineyard of Beauty" - not the Vineyard of the Deer, as one might expect.  It is nicely bound but was only the first part - Bereishis (Genesis) … Continue reading Kerem HaTzvi, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, Vienna, 1920.

Crumbs and Character, by Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung, New York 1942.

Leo Jung was born in 1892 in Moravia, the son of Rabbi Meir Tzvi Jung.  His father was appointed Chief Rabbi of the Federation of Synagogues in London in 1912. At the time the Federation was an orthodox rival to the more established and orthodox but English United Synagogue.  Rabbi Meir Tzvi Jung, also, incidentally, … Continue reading Crumbs and Character, by Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung, New York 1942.

The Old Castle Street Synagogue and Pri Chadash by Rabbi Hezekiah Da Silva, Fuerth, 1769.

Sometimes I buy a book just because of the association - in this case, a copy of the 1769 printing of Pri Chadash with a book stamp of the Old Castle Street Synagogue, 42 Old Castle Street in the East End of London. It was known as Agudath Achim and Gemiluth Chesedim, and later Agudat … Continue reading The Old Castle Street Synagogue and Pri Chadash by Rabbi Hezekiah Da Silva, Fuerth, 1769.

Sefer Divrei Shir, by Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Rabinow, London 1959.

Rabbi Samuel Joseph Rabinow was a very prominent Talmudic scholar of exceptional ability and insight.  he was born in Chaimiak, in the province of Kovno, Lithuania, in 1889.  He was the only son of a rabbi who traced his descent from the Vilna Gaon. At the age of nine he left his home to live … Continue reading Sefer Divrei Shir, by Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Rabinow, London 1959.

Sefer Zichron Moshe al Talmud Yerushalmi by Rabbi Moshe Pinsker, London, 1934.

In his later years, Rabbi Morris Pinsker was the Rav of the New Road Synagogue, which was at 115 New Road in the East End of London.  It was built in 1891-92 on a large plot of vacant ground behind nos 113 to 119 New Road.  It was the first purpose-built synagogue built by the … Continue reading Sefer Zichron Moshe al Talmud Yerushalmi by Rabbi Moshe Pinsker, London, 1934.

Guardians of Our Heritage (1724-1953), edited by Leo Jung, New York, 1958 (inscribed).

This is an important book, edited by the British educated Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung. My copy is inscribed by him personally as a gift to Dr. Samuel Belkin, who was the President of Yeshiva University in New York.    It includes the mailing label. In 1912 the Federation of Synagogues in London, England, appointed a new … Continue reading Guardians of Our Heritage (1724-1953), edited by Leo Jung, New York, 1958 (inscribed).

Imre Chaim, writings of the “Kamenitzer Maggid”, Rabbi Chaim Zundel Maccoby, Max Mansky, Tel Aviv, 1928.

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.

The Jewish Year Book 1947, London, edited by Albert Hyamson – London Synagogues.

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.

Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Musar Movement by Rabbi Kopul Rosen, London, 1945.

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.

“Beth Hamedrash & Beth Din”, (House of Learning & Judgement) – A Jewish Court, from The Graphic, August 11th, 1906

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