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.

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.

Sefer Zichron, in honour of Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski, edited by Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1942.

This is an interesting book.  Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky was the leading Rabbinical Posek (Rabbi who makes Jewish legal decisions) and spiritual guide of his generation.  He was born in 1863 and by the end of the nineteenth century he was a key leader of European Jewry, living in Vilna, Lithuania.  His book, Shaylos VeTeshuvos … Continue reading Sefer Zichron, in honour of Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski, edited by Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky, London 1942.

HaChayim, April 1940 – Magazine of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Thrawl Street, London.

The Etz Chaim Yeshiva (Rabbinical School) in Thrawl Street, London was founded in 1909.  One of the founders was Rabbi Aaron Hyman, whom I have written about previously here. This book, printed by the Narodiczky Press in Whitechapel, is the April 1940 edition of HaChaim, the students’ magazine of the Yeshiva. It includes what may … Continue reading HaChayim, April 1940 – Magazine of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Thrawl Street, London.

Der Mishpat – Judgement, a play by Morris Katz, London 1949

Morris Katz (Pinkhes Moyshe Kats) was born in Lodz in 1901, left Poland in 1925 and lived in Czechoslovakia and then Antwerp, Belgium, before fleeing to London in 1940. He emigrated to the United States in 1950. He was a dentist and Yiddish writer who contributed to various Yiddish newspapers, including the daily Yiddish newspaper … Continue reading Der Mishpat – Judgement, a play by Morris Katz, London 1949

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

Memorandum submitted to the Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry into the Jewish Problem in Europe and the Future of Palestine by the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, London 1946.

The Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry (AACI), formed in December 1945, was created to study the situation of Jewish survivors in Europe and the problems connected with their resettlement in Palestine. Composed of six British and six American members, the Committee was charged with gathering information and making recommendations on, first, the effect of Jewish immigration … Continue reading Memorandum submitted to the Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry into the Jewish Problem in Europe and the Future of Palestine by the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, London 1946.

Mareh Cohen, by Reb Shemariya Menasheh Adler, London 1919. The 200th blog post.

I have written before about Rabbi Shemariyah Menasheh Adler, an erudite talmudist and controversial figure who was not afraid to take on and sharply critique rulings of the prominent British Rabbonim of his day.  Rabbi Menasheh Adler was born in Warsaw in 1872 and died in Brighton, England on May 24th, 1959.  He was a … Continue reading Mareh Cohen, by Reb Shemariya Menasheh Adler, London 1919. The 200th blog post.

Produktivizatsye – Productivisation – Short Stories by Y. A. Lisky, London 1937.

"Productivisation," is a collection of short stories in Yiddish by the longtime journalist Y. A. Lisky, who fled anti-Semitism in Vienna and ran England's longest-surviving secular Yiddish newspaper until he was 89.His real name was Yude Itamar Fuks, and he was the brother of the writer A. M. Fuks.  He was born in Yezerna in … Continue reading Produktivizatsye – Productivisation – Short Stories by Y. A. Lisky, London 1937.

Farviste Erd, Scorched Earth, by S. Palme. London 1944.

S. Palme was the pen name of Bernard (Berl) Sovinsky.  He was my great-grandmother's first cousin, born in Miedzyrzec Podlaski (Mezerich in Poland) to Baruch and Chana Sovinsky in 1888. In his youth he moved to Warsaw and studied painting. He spent some time in the Warsaw Citadel for revolutionary activities. In 1910 he left … Continue reading Farviste Erd, Scorched Earth, by S. Palme. London 1944.