Form of Prayers for the Day of Atonement according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London 5551 (1791).

I have a set of these Machzorim (Festival Prayer Books), in near mint condition, but sadly with no bookplate or information about who owned them. The translation, into fine 18th century English, demonstrates the skill of the erudite scholar, David Levi. The prayer for King George the Third and the Royal family, below, is particularly … Continue reading Form of Prayers for the Day of Atonement according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London 5551 (1791).

The Sephardim of England, by Albert M. Hyamson, London, 1951

This is an important work of reference, written by Albert Montefiore Hyamson (1875 - 1954), a British civil servant and historian.  He was the nephew of Dayan Moses Hyamson of the London Beth Din (Rabbinical Court).  Albert Hyamson  was born in London and entered the civil service in 1895, initially at the Post Office. During … Continue reading The Sephardim of England, by Albert M. Hyamson, London, 1951