L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part II, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1955

This is the second part of Rabbi Singer's writings.  The first part was published in 1939 when all was well with Rabbi Singer and his synagogue, the Philpot Street Great Synagogue, which was one of the most important synagogues belonging to the Federation of Synagogues in the East End of London.  If you have not … Continue reading L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part II, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1955

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.

Tshuva BeInyan Gelatin, by Rabbi Kopul Kahana, London 1966

This is an interesting booklet, and I must state at the outset that I am writing about books and publications in my library.  It is not my purpose to get into the question of whether gelatin is or is not kosher. Rabbi Kopul Kahana was born in Eisiskes, Lithuania, in 1895, studied in Lithuanian yeshivos … Continue reading Tshuva BeInyan Gelatin, by Rabbi Kopul Kahana, London 1966

Sepher Ha-Assufot, by Rabbi Elijah Carcasona, edited by Rabbi A. I. Dziubas, London 1942.

I only have the second volume of this work, which is unfortunate, because it starts in the middle.  However, it does give me the opportunity to write about Rabbi Dziubas. The book itself is reproduced and edited from a manuscript that was at Montefiore College in Ramsgate, and was printed at the Narodiczky Press in … Continue reading Sepher Ha-Assufot, by Rabbi Elijah Carcasona, edited by Rabbi A. I. Dziubas, London 1942.

Der Bloyer Foygel – דער בלאיער פויגעל -(The Blue Bird), by Maurice Maeterlinck, translated into Yiddish by Morris Myer, London 1910.

L'Oiseau Blue - The Blue Bird was a play by the Belgian poet and playwright, Maurice Maeterlinck, first produced in 1908.  This edition is a  translation into Yiddish by Morris Myer. It was published in 1910 by English Yidisher Ferlag in London and printed by Israel Narodiczky in Whitechapel. Morris Myer was born in Romania … Continue reading Der Bloyer Foygel – דער בלאיער פויגעל -(The Blue Bird), by Maurice Maeterlinck, translated into Yiddish by Morris Myer, London 1910.

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.

Otzar Pitgamim MeChochamim – Treasury of Wit, Humour, Satire and Poetry, by Moses Henry Berstein, London 1904.

Rabbi Lewis Bernstein, who was the Rabbi of the Bethnal Green Great Synagogue from 1898 until his death in 1922, is another of the almost forgotten British Rabbis.  He was born in Pren, near Grodno and was known as the Grodno Maggid and was a Talmudic scholar and teacher.  His son was our author, Moses … Continue reading Otzar Pitgamim MeChochamim – Treasury of Wit, Humour, Satire and Poetry, by Moses Henry Berstein, London 1904.

Arbeiter Freynd – The Workers Friend, Anarchist newspaper in Yiddish, London 1905

I have about six months of issues of this famous and classic newspaper, printed in 1905. The paper is brown and disintegrating and we have done our best to produce some photographs - it is far too fragile to scan. The Arbeiter Freynd was started in London in 1885 by Morris Winchevsky.  It would periodically … Continue reading Arbeiter Freynd – The Workers Friend, Anarchist newspaper in Yiddish, London 1905

Reshima Alef – First List – A catalogue of Hebrew books printed before 1601, London 1920, Abraham Golub, 10 Osborn Street, Whitechapel.

This is a 100-year old item for the book collectors. Abraham Golub had his bookshop at 10 Osborn Street, Whitechapel. In 1920 he issued this list of books for sale, edited by Yaakov Meir Zalkind. I have previously written about Yaakov Meir Zalkind, - click here to read about his translation of the Talmud into … Continue reading Reshima Alef – First List – A catalogue of Hebrew books printed before 1601, London 1920, Abraham Golub, 10 Osborn Street, Whitechapel.

Folk Un Literatur (People and Literature), Leo Kenig, London, 1947.

Folk Un Literature is subtitled: Five lectures on the main tendencies and characteristics of modern Yiddish literature, and a dissertation on Jews in modern art.  Leo Konig was born near Minsk and brought up in Odessa, where he attended the Yeshiva of Chaim Tchernowitz (Rav Tsair). From 1908 to 1912 he studied art at the … Continue reading Folk Un Literatur (People and Literature), Leo Kenig, London, 1947.