Pri Etz HaDas VeHaChayim, by Chaim Woolf Rosenfeld, London 1922.

I have written before about a similar book by Chaim Woolf Rosenfeld, called Sefer HaChaim, also printed, as was this one, by Israel Narodiczky in Whitechapel.  This one was called Pri Etz HaDas VeHaChaim, which means Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life.  These books were published posthumously, and a letter … Continue reading Pri Etz HaDas VeHaChayim, by Chaim Woolf Rosenfeld, London 1922.

Verter Fun A Revolutzioner – The Words of a Rebel (in Yiddish) by Peter Kropotkin, translated by Rudolf Rocker, London 1906.

This book is a classic, published by the Arbeiter Freund - The Workman's Friend.  There is no printers imprint, but it was probably printed by Israel Narodiczky at his press in Whitechapel and has printers ornaments or fleurons at the beginning of each chapter. It was first published during Kropotkin's imprisonment and contains articles written … Continue reading Verter Fun A Revolutzioner – The Words of a Rebel (in Yiddish) by Peter Kropotkin, translated by Rudolf Rocker, London 1906.

Loshen un Leben, for November 1946 (75 years ago), edited by A. N. Stencl, London.

Avrom Nochem Stencl came to London in 1936.  He was born in Poland, into a rabbinical family, and had lived in Germany for some years, where he was a published author.  His first volume of poetry in London was published in 1937.  I have previously written about his book Yerushalayim, a book of songs, ballads … Continue reading Loshen un Leben, for November 1946 (75 years ago), edited by A. N. Stencl, London.

Palestine and the Jewish Future, by Berl Locker, London, 1942.

This booklet, by Berl Locker, sets out the case for resettling large numbers of Jewish refugees who would survive the war (remember - this was written early in 1942) in the territory of Palestine.  It is very readable and goes through recent history, as it was at that time.  He writes about Jewish Socialism, antisemitism … Continue reading Palestine and the Jewish Future, by Berl Locker, London, 1942.

Sefer Marganita Tava by Rabbi Alec Eliezer Silverstone of Southport, London, 1956.

This little book, printed by the Narod Press in Whitechapel, is by Rabbi Dr. Alec Eliezer Silverstone, who was the Rabbi of Southport, in Lancashire, England, for many years. Rabbi Silverstone’s father, Rabbi Yehoshua Dovid (known as Simon) Silverstone was one of the founders of the Manchester Yeshiva in 1911.  Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, whom … Continue reading Sefer Marganita Tava by Rabbi Alec Eliezer Silverstone of Southport, London, 1956.

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