Sefer Gedulas Mordechai, by Rabbi Mordechai ben Avraham Rabbiner of Boisk (Bauska), Vilna 1878

This book is not from my usual Anglo-Judaica collection, which I write about on this site, but from my Antique Judaica collection, and has an interesting subscription (prenumeranten) list , which we will come to.  The original hand-made binding is also interesting, with its decorative leather shield. Rabbi Mordechai Rabbiner was born at Sloboda, a … Continue reading Sefer Gedulas Mordechai, by Rabbi Mordechai ben Avraham Rabbiner of Boisk (Bauska), Vilna 1878

Zecher Ov, i.e. Memory of Father by Zev Wolf Olivenstein of Warsaw, published by Rev. H. Olivestone, Tredegar (Wales), London 1916.

This little book has the most amazing prenumeranten (subscription) list, so please read right through to the end! Henich/Chanoch/Henry Olivestone was born in Warsaw in about 1884 and died in 1952. he emigrated to the British Isles and became a Shochet (Ritual Slaughterer) and Shaliach Tsibur (Synagogue Reader) in Tredegar, in Wales. The Jewish community … Continue reading Zecher Ov, i.e. Memory of Father by Zev Wolf Olivenstein of Warsaw, published by Rev. H. Olivestone, Tredegar (Wales), London 1916.

Midrash Yaavetz by Rabbi Yaakov Benzion Mendelsohn, 1911, published Glasgow with subscription list, printed Leeds.

Rabbi Yaakov Ben Zion Morein was born in Kreitzburg, in the Vitebsk district of Russia.  He changed his name to Mendelsohn to make it harder for the Russian authorities to track him, and emigrated to England.  In 1897 he was appointed Rabbi of a synagogue in Leeds, then in Gateshead in 1905 and then in … Continue reading Midrash Yaavetz by Rabbi Yaakov Benzion Mendelsohn, 1911, published Glasgow with subscription list, printed Leeds.

Sefer BeAchrit Hayomim (At the End of Days) by Rabbi Jacob Tessler, Leeds 1942

Rabbi Jacob Tessler was born in Hungary in 1884,  emigrated to England, and settled in Leeds.  His wife Fanny and son, Elimelech Shimshon Tessler travelled to visit their family in Hungary and were murdered in Auschwitz by the Nazis.  he emigrated to Israel in January 1958 and died in Netanya in April 1959.  His genealogy … Continue reading Sefer BeAchrit Hayomim (At the End of Days) by Rabbi Jacob Tessler, Leeds 1942