Bekurei Avi”v by Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Guterman of Radzymin, London 1947

This book, on the weekly portion of the Torah, is believed to be the first Chassidic book printed in London, by the Narodiczky Press in 1947.  It was published by Rabbi Yechiel Meir Morgenstern of London, and could be obtained from Rabbi Ch. Morgensztern of 100, Fairholt Road, N16. Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh of Radzymin (1792-1877) … Continue reading Bekurei Avi”v by Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Guterman of Radzymin, London 1947

Diukno shel Yaakov by Rabbi Lewis (Yehuda Leib) Levene, circa 1929, and the Jubilee Street Great Zionist Synagogue

Rabbi Lewis Levene was Rabbi of the Jubilee Street Great Zionist Synagogue in the East End of London.  He published this book of sermons and eulogies in approximately 1929.  My copy has his address of 52 Heneage Street, Brick Lane crossed out and handwritten  as 83 the Avenue, London N.W.6. The Jubilee Street Synagogue opened … Continue reading Diukno shel Yaakov by Rabbi Lewis (Yehuda Leib) Levene, circa 1929, and the Jubilee Street Great Zionist Synagogue

Toldot Tzioni Echad, Zalkind Stalbow, London 1961

Zalkind Stalbow was an early British Zionist.  He was born in Vidzy, near Vitebsk, in May 1878, and emigrated to London at the turn of the century.  This book is his autobiography - the story of a remarkable life.  it was printed in London by the Narod Press. An early member of the Chovovei Tzion … Continue reading Toldot Tzioni Echad, Zalkind Stalbow, London 1961

Faith and Science, by Rabbi Mordechai Tzvi Schwartz, Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Hull, London 1926

This is a book in English, written by Rabbi Mordechai Tzvi Schwartz, one time Rabbi of the Mile End and Bow Synagogue in London, but from 1920 Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Hull in Yorkshire.  I have previously written about his book Doresh Tov LeAmo here. The Synagogue, on Cogan Street in Hull, was … Continue reading Faith and Science, by Rabbi Mordechai Tzvi Schwartz, Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Hull, London 1926

Yismach Yisrael by Rabbi Dr. Joseph Litvin, London 1958

Rabbi Dr. Joseph Litvin (1896 - 1966) arrived in London before the Second World War from Latvia.  He was described as a Zionist of First World War Vintage and was a prolific speaker at Synagogue events during the 1940s, 50s, and up to his death in 1966.  In 1941 he was the Representative of the … Continue reading Yismach Yisrael by Rabbi Dr. Joseph Litvin, London 1958

L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part I, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1939

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

Sefer Divrei Shalom, with Nesivos Yisroel, by Rabbi Leib Shalom Zinober and his son, Rabbi Israel Bernard Zinober, London 1952.

Rabbi Israel Boruch (Bernard) Zinober is rather forgotten today. In writing about his book, which was published posthumously in 1952 (there was a second volume in 1955), I will try to fill that gap.  The book contains halachic discussions on various subjects written by his father,  Rabbi Leib Shalom Zinober, who was the head of … Continue reading Sefer Divrei Shalom, with Nesivos Yisroel, by Rabbi Leib Shalom Zinober and his son, Rabbi Israel Bernard Zinober, London 1952.

Geulas Yisroel by Rabbi Zevulun (Julius) Gould of Leeds, London 1939

Rabbi Chaim Yoel Zevulun Gould, often known as Rabbi Julius Gould, was born in the 1890s in Lithuania.  He was educated at Telz Yeshiva, where he was a student of Rabbi Eliezer Gordon.  Rabbi Gordon came to London to raise funds for the Yeshiva in 1910, where he suffered a fatal heart attack.  He is … Continue reading Geulas Yisroel by Rabbi Zevulun (Julius) Gould of Leeds, London 1939

Ateres Mordechai by Dayan Michoel Fisher, London 1953 (Narod Press)

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)

Sefer Doresh Tov LeAmo by Rabbi Mordechai Zvi Schwartz, London 1917

Rabbi Mordechai Zvi Schwartz (1883 - 1962) was born in Sirte (Szurte, Hungary) and came to London before the First World War.  He was the Rabbi of the Mile End and Bow Federation Synagogue, and this book was published in 1917 and printed by the Narodiczky Press.  I have a family connection.   My great-grandfather, Marks … Continue reading Sefer Doresh Tov LeAmo by Rabbi Mordechai Zvi Schwartz, London 1917