RARE AMERICAN JUDAICA
FROM THE COLONIAL ERA
THROUGH THE GREAT
DEPRESSION AND BEYOND
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CATALOG 205: RARE AMERICAN JUDAICA FROM THE COLONIAL ERA THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND BEYOND
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The First Two American Publications with “Zionism” in Their Titles
First American Monograph Defending Jewish anti-Missionary Publications Against Censorship (Here Against Infamous Post Office Inspector Anthony Comstock,1895)
Rosenthal, S. [Solomon]. THE VICTORY IN SPECIAL SESSIONS. THE RELIGIOUS PROCEEDINGS IN ESSEX MARKET COURT AND IN THE COURT OF SPECIAL SESSIONS, WHICH ANTHONY COMSTOCK INSTITUTED BY CONFISCATING THE BOOK ENTITLED ‘MAASE TOLUI.’ הנצחון: דער אונגעהייערער גרויסער זיעג פון יודענטהום איבער קריסטענטהום HA-NITSAHON: DER UNGEHAYERER GROYSER ZIEG FUN YUDENTHUM IBER KRISTENTHUM ... VELKHE HOBEN ARRESTIRT DI TSVAY HISTORISHE IDISHE BIKHER "MAYSEY TOLOY" UN YESHUA HANOYTSRI. [New York]. No Date [1895?]. 1st Edition. Original Paper Wrappers. 8vo. 65 pages; 19 cm. In Yiddish with Yiddish and English title pages. Singerman 4911. The first monograph defending Jewish anti-conversionist publications against censorship in America. An American Jewish lawyer documents his case against infamous Post Office Inspector Anthony Comstock’s confiscation of Jewish anti-missionary material. In this work, Solomon Rosenthal criticizes Comstock’s confiscation of Shlyomsky’s [Shliomski’s] book, “Toldot Yeshu. Sefer Mayse Talui,” ‘The History of Jesus,’ (Singerman 4931), which Comstock saw as blasphemous and anti-Christian. Indeed, Shlyomski had noted in the book (in Yiddish): “"Di falshkayt fun di missyonerin redners, velkhe behoyften das der foter un zohn mit zayner muter zaynen fun eyn heyligkayt, diezer seyfer ober zogt unz oys vos in heyder iz geven, ales rikhtig aroysgenumen fun eyn alter gemore Sanhedrin, velkhe eynige hundert yohr alt, durkh Mosheh Shliomski." The notorious “Anthony Comstock (1844 –1915) was a United States Postal Inspector and politician dedicated to ideas of Victorian morality. The terms ‘comstockery’ and ‘Comstockism’ were used for his extensive campaign to censor materials he considered indecent and obscene, such as birth control information.” (Wikipedia, 2016) SUBJECT(S): Christianity – Controversial literature. Controversial literature. OCLC lists 8 copies worldwide, with locations only in costal libraries. Wrappers are rubbed. Pages browning. Otherwise good condition. See English title page at begining of catalog, above. (AMR-49-46) $1750.00
Rare Einhorn Hymnal, Published Just After Fleeing to Philadelphia
Colonial Document Linking Two Prominent 18th Century American Jews
The First Hebrew Book On the Discovery of America
Rebecca Gratz’s Copy with Her Ownership Signature
Weitzmann Visits New York
Association Copy Linking Two Leading Left-Wing Anticommunists
First School where Hebrew was Taught as a Modern Living Language
First English-Language Edition of Hatikvah
Jewish Women Are Smartest!
Willowski, Jacob David Ben Zeev. NIMUKE RIDBAZ: PERUSH `AL HA-TORAH. Chicago: No Publisher., 1903. Cloth, 4to. 44, 30 leaves. 1st edition. In Hebrew. Deinard 579, Mishkin 39. Goldman 721: “Ridbaz (the acronym by which Willowsky is popularly referred to) was born in Kobrin, Poland, in 1845 and was known as a child prodigy. He became the rabbi of Izvolin in 1874. That same year he published his first work, Migadol Erez, which was widely lauded. He then served as a rabbi in Robruysk before becoming a dayyan in Vilna…. He became the rabbi of Slutsk in 1890 and was subsequently known as the Slutsker Rov. Shortly after settling in Slutsk he founded a yeshivah that emerged as one of the preeminent Lithuanian yeshivot.” In 1900, when he traveled to America, he was considered “’the ranking European Torah personality to arrive in the United States since Rabbi Jacob Joseph’ (Rothkoff  559).” In 1903 he “agreed to accept the position of chief Rabbi of Chicago” though “he was at once enmeshed in controversy, as his attempts to regulate kashruth threatened the vested interests of R. Zevi Simeon Album.” He settled in Safed in 1905, “was recognized as its chief Rabbi, and established a yeshivah… ‘During his lifetime he was priviledged to observe the universal acceptance which his commentaries on the Palestinian [Jeruslam] Talmud were accorded. Until this very day, all rabbinical scholars who consult the Jerusalem Talmud utilize the Radbaz’s explanation and annotations (Rothkoff) ’…. This commentary on Genesis and Exodus” includes “a critique of Sabbath observance, education, kashruth supervision, religious functionaries and the free press in America.” His response and commentaries are known the world over. SUBJECT(S): Bible. O. T. Genesis – commentaries; Bible. O. T. Exodus – commentaries. OCLC lists 16 copies worldwide. Ex library with minimal institutional markings. Hinges starting, pages a little tanned, Very Good condition. An important work. (AMR-32-24A). (ID #37412) $400.00.
Two Titles from the "Chief Rabbi of New York”!
Prohibition Riases the Question: Can Grape Juice be Substituted for Wine?
Scarce "Not-Reform-Enough" Prayerbook Forcibly Recalled by David Einhorn and His Followers in the Reform Movement
Unknown to Goldman and Singerman
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. AID TO JEWS OVERSEAS: REPORT FOR 1939, WITH A RESUME FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1940. New York: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, 1940. Paper Wrappers. 8vo. 48 pages. Contains charts and illustrations. OCLC lists 5 copies worldwide (Brandeis, Louisiana State University, Sarah Lawrence College, Amsterdam University, Leiden University). Pencil marks on cover, Very Good condition. (AMRN-6-60A). (ID #37417) $100.00.
By Jackie Mason’s Father
Judah Magnes' First American Publication
With Homo-Erotic Cover
By the Father of British Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz