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).
This is a Siddur (a prayer book with daily and Sabbath prayers), published in London in 1789 by David Levi. It is important as it was the first Siddur with an English translation. It is very comprehensive with prayers for every occasion as well as a prayer for the Royal Family - King George III. … Continue reading Seder Hatefilot – Form of Prayers according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London, 1789.
This interesting little book includes instructions and rules for preparation of the body and burial to be carried out by the Spanish and Portuguese Burial Society known as "Mikveh Israel", in London. This is the version that was revised by the Haham - the Chief Rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community - Rabbi … Continue reading Order of Ceremonies and Laws of the Society “Mikveh Israel” – the Chevra Kadisha of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Congregation of London, Moses Gaster, 1899.
Many of us have walked past the old-looking building at 253 Mile End Road, often without realizing that it is old, but not as old as expected, and seen the plaque about the adjacent Velho (Old) cemetery of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, the first Jewish cemetery in London since the expulsion. I have several … Continue reading Spanish and Portuguese Jew’s Hospital, 253 Mile End Road, E., Report 5669-70 – 1909