Lev Aryeh by Dayan Ari’ Leib (Leopold) Grossnass, London, 1958.

Lev Aryeh is a book of Shaalos and Teshivos (Questions and Answers) by Dayan (Rabbinical Judge) Arje Leb (Leopold) Grossnass.  He was educated at Kamenetz and other European yeshivos (Rabbinical seminaries) and later headed the Antwerp Talmudical college, before being appointed to the London Beth Din in 1949, at the age of 37. Dayan Grossnass … Continue reading Lev Aryeh by Dayan Ari’ Leib (Leopold) Grossnass, London, 1958.

BeInyan Kriat haHaftorah be’al Peh – On the Subject of Reading the Portion from the Prophets by heart, by Dayan Abraham Rapoport, London 1961.

This small book, published in London in 1961, answers the question of whether a blind person can read the Haftorah (the portion from the prophets that is read every week after the reading from the Torah) if he knows it by heart or if he uses a Braille text. The author, Abraham Rapoport was born … Continue reading BeInyan Kriat haHaftorah be’al Peh – On the Subject of Reading the Portion from the Prophets by heart, by Dayan Abraham Rapoport, London 1961.

Dinei Mamanot (Civil Law – Definition of Categories) by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1939.

This important little booklet was published by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky in London in 1939, and printed by Israel Narodiczky in Whitechapel, London.  It has been reprinted in Israel, and sometimes gets quoted in various articles on Jewish law, but this is the original printing. Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky was born in Daskovichy, near Grodno, in 1886. … Continue reading Dinei Mamanot (Civil Law – Definition of Categories) by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1939.

Eretz Yisroel – Nachalas Am Yisroel – by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1945.

Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky was born in Daskovichy, near Grodno, in 1886.  He studied in the yeshivos of Telz, Mir, Slabodka and Brisk and became a Rabbi who served in various Russian communities including Slutsk and Smolensk.  He fought against the Soviet governments attempts to supress Jewish religion, and in 1931 was allowed to leave the … Continue reading Eretz Yisroel – Nachalas Am Yisroel – by Dayan Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1945.

School System of the Talmud, by Dayan Bernard Spiers, London 1882

I've previously written about Dayan Spier's book "The Threefold Cord", which was published in 1891.  This is an earlier book which includes an essay on the organization of education in the Talmud, together with a Siyum on Masseches Bava Metzia that Dayan Spiers delivered in the Beis Hamedrash in London. From 1876 the London Beth … Continue reading School System of the Talmud, by Dayan Bernard Spiers, London 1882

Sefer Lekutei Meir, By Dayan Meir Steinberg, London 1970.

At first I had doubts whether this "modern" book should be in my vintage and antique Anglo-Judaica library - but then I realized that it was published 50 years ago, and is a very relevant book on problems of Jewish adoption of children. Meir Steinberg was born in Poland on April 1st, 1906.  He was … Continue reading Sefer Lekutei Meir, By Dayan Meir Steinberg, London 1970.

The London Beth Din (The Court of the Chief Rabbi) by Dayan A. Feldman, London 1929.

This little booklet was originally a Paper read before the Society for Jewish Jurisprudence (English Branch) in London on 17th December 1928. It explains clearly the organization of the Beth Din, its functions, and the nature of the cases brought before it. Asher Feldman was born in 1873 in Russia, and came to England as … Continue reading The London Beth Din (The Court of the Chief Rabbi) by Dayan A. Feldman, London 1929.

“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