Nourishing Tradition

JEWISH COOKBOOKS & THE STORIES THEY TELL

TREASURES FROM THE DAVID BERG RARE BOOK ROOM

AT THE CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY

The David Berg Rare Book Room at the Center for Jewish History is a shared exhibition space for the Center partners’ treasures. In exhibitions and collections of rare books, first editions, illuminated manuscripts and letters, the room brings together Jewish written materials from around the world, in 23 different languages and dating back five and a half centuries.

The David Berg Rare Book Room was made possible by a $2.5 million grant from The David Berg Foundation. David Berg, the youngest son in a struggling immigrant family who came to Ellis Island from Russia in 1904, was a real estate lawyer who established the foundation in 1994 to support Jewish, education and law-related charities. The David Berg Foundation is a supporter of major cultural institutions around the world.

The Center for Jewish History is home to the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

AMERICAN JEWISH

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

THE ICONOGRAPHY OF MANHATTAN ISLAND, 1498-1909

I. N. Phelps (Isaac Newton Phelps) Stokes

New York: Robert H. Dodd, 1915-1928.

F128.37 .S88

American Jewish Historical Society

This six-volume set is one of forty-two copies printed on Japanese vellum; 360 additional sets were printed on English hand-made paper. The front blank leaf of Volume I is inscribed and autographed by the author: “Air, water, soul, of greatest purity; and all, combined in sweetest harmony, unite the ploughed up land to fructify." New York, July, 3d 1916. I.N. Phelps Stokes.”

THE ICONOGRAPHY OF MANHATTAN ISLAND, 1498-1909

I. N. Phelps (Isaac Newton Phelps) Stokes

New York: Robert H. Dodd, 1915-1928

F128.37 .S88

American Jewish Historical Society

This six-volume set is one of forty-two copies printed on Japanese vellum; 360 additional sets were printed on English hand-made paper. The front blank leaf of Volume I is inscribed and autographed by the author: “Air, water, soul, of greatest purity; and all, combined in sweetest harmony, unite the ploughed up land to fructify." New York, July, 3d 1916. I.N. Phelps Stokes.”

SIDDUR (SEPHARDIC)

BM665 .L36 1837

American Jewish Historical Society, Milton Gottesman Rare Book Collection

Includes a bookmark, most likely hand-stitched, and embroidered with the name Isaac Phillips.

A collection of prayers, in English and Hebrew, according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews. This rare book was edited, carefully compared, and corrected by Isaac Leeser, reader of the Congregation Mikveh Israel of Philadelphia, by using earlier translations.

ORATION DELIVERED OVER THE REMAINS OF AARON DE CORDOVA... 9TH JULY, 1866-18TH TAMUZ,5626

D. P. Kidder

New York: Lane & Scott, 1851

DS112 .K32

American Jewish

Historical Society

THE JEW, AMONG ALL NATIONS 

D. P. Kidder

New York: Lane & Scott, 1851

DS112 .K32

American Jewish

Historical Society

THE BIBLE ON THE SABBATH

D. P. Kidder

New York: Lane & Scott, 1851

DS112 .K32

American Jewish

Historical Society

SIDDUR (SEPHARDIC)

BM665 .L36 1837

American Jewish Historical Society, Milton Gottesman Rare Book Collection

Includes a bookmark, most likely hand-stitched, and embroidered with the name Isaac Phillips.

A collection of prayers, in English and Hebrew, according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews. This rare book was edited, carefully compared, and corrected by Isaac Leeser, reader of the Congregation Mikveh Israel of Philadelphia, by using earlier translations.

LEO BAECK

INSTITUTE

E.M. LILIEN, SEIN WERK MIT EINER EINLEITUNG VON STEFAN ZWEIG

Ephraim Moses Lilien; Berlin: Schuster & Löffler, 1903

r (q) NE 654 L5 E4

Leo Baeck Institute

PHAEDON; ODER, ÜBER DIE UNSTERBLICHKEIT DER SEELE, IN DREY GESPRÄCHEN

Moses Mendelssohn

Berlin, 1767

r B 2691 P3 1767a

Leo Baeck Institute

SPIELZEUG

Oscar Seyffert; 
illustrated by W. Trier

Berlin: E. Wasmuth, 1920s

r (q) 43

Leo Baeck Institute

JÜDISCHES LEBEN IN WORT UND BILD

Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch; Illustrated by Alphons Levy Gerardin

Mannheim: j. Bensheimer, 1891

r (q) pt 2461 s3 j8 1891

Leo Baeck Institute

THE TRIAL

Franz Kafka; illustrated by George Salter

New York: The Modern Library, 1956

st 4610 Salter v. 99

Leo Baeck Institute

GHETTO; SIEBEN ERZÄHLUNGEN

Scholem Alejchem, Scholem Asch and 
Jizchok Lejb Perez; translated by Alexander Eliasberg; illustrated by Max Unold

München: G. Müller, 1921

r (q) PJ 5128 G4

Leo Baeck Institute

FROM THE COLLECTION OF SIDNEY LAPIDUS

DISCOURSE ON THE RESTORATION OF THE JEWS DELIVERED AT THE TABERNACLE, OCT. 28 AND DEC. 2, 1844

M. M. (Mordecai Manuel) Noah; New-York: Harper & Brothers,1845

BS649.J5 N63 1845b; American Jewish Historical Society, Milton Gottesman Rare Book Collection, Gift of Sidney Lapidus

ANNO REGNI GEORGII II; REGIS MAGNAE BRITANNIAE, FRANCIAE, & HIBERNIAE, VICESIMO SEXTO

Isaac Abendana

Oxford: Printed at the theater, [1698]

Center for Jewish History

Gift of Sidney Lapidus

AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF CHRIST 1698 BEING THE SECOND AFTER BISSEXTILE OR LEAP-YEAR

Isaac Abendana

Oxford: Printed at the theater, [1698]

Center for Jewish History

Gift of Sidney Lapidus

YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

A[LEF] B[ET] G[IMMEL] LE-YALDEL YISRAEL (ALEF BET GIMEL FOR CHILDREN OF ISRAEL)

Compiled, edited and illustrated by Rachel Caspi and Zvi 
Malewenczik Livni

Daat Publishers: Tel-Aviv, ca. 1956

Hebrew

The Jean Sorkin Moldovan Collection of Yeshiva University Museum

Gift of the Jesselson Family

This delightful alef-bet book contains a cheerful two-page spread of a train and railroad tracks ornamented with all 22 Hebrew characters.

THE TRIAL OF THE JEWS OF TRENT

Trent, 1478-1479

German, Hebrew and Italian

Ink, gouache and gold on paper

Collection of Yeshiva University Museum

Gift of Erica and Ludwig Jesselson

 

Written for Eberhardt I, Duke of Württemberg, and bearing his arms, this is the only known German copy of the records of the trials of the Jews of Trent, accused of the ritual murder of a young Christian boy named Simon in 1475.

The influx of immigrants after the Holocaust doubled the population of Israel. The government instituted rationing based on the British parameters established during World War II to solve the problem of providing food to everyone. An austerity program was instituted at the same time since Israel suffered from a deficit which was covered by loans and foreign financing. Dov Yosef (1899-1980), Minister of Rationing and Supply in the new State of Israel, wrote the introduction to this book. In addition to recipes, this book contains advertisements for products such as the one for detergent, illustrated here, touted by a Betty Boop look alike.

WHAT SHALL I COOK FROM AUSTERITY RATIONS

Author and publisher: Lilian Cornfeld

Tel Aviv, 1949

Hebrew

Collection of Yeshiva University Museum

ESPEJO FIEL DE VIDA QUE LAS PSALMOS DE DAVID EN VERSO

(FAITHFUL MIRROR OF LIVES: THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN VERSE)

Daniel Israel Lopez Laguna

London, 1720

Spanish

Collection of Yeshiva University Museum

Gift of Herbert M. Honig in memory of Alexander and Esther Honig

The author began to compose this poetical account of his experiences, and the consolation he found in the Psalms, when imprisoned by the Inquisition as a Marrano in Portugal. He completed the manuscript when he escaped to Jamaica. It was published in England under the patronage of Mordecai Nunes Almeyda.

AMERICAN SEPHARDI FEDERATION

PRAYERS FOR SHABBET, ROSH-HASHANAH AND KIPPUR

Prayers for Shabbat, Rosh-Hashanah and Kippur

Translated by Isaac Pinto

J. Holt (New York, 1766)

English

American Sephardi Federation, Gift of an anonymous donor

“Hebrew,” writes Isaac Pinto (1720-1791), “being imperfectly understood by many, by some, not at all,” necessitated an English rendering of the siddur. His model, Ishac Nieto’s “elegant Spanish translation,” was (and was to remain) predominant in Sephardi-majority England. Pinto, amongst the first US Government translators, was described as “a learned Jew at New York” by Ezra Stiles (Yale’s President), and may also have lived in Stratford, Connecticut.

QANUN AL NISA

קנון אל ניסא

Yosef Hayyim Ben Elijah (Ben Ish Hai)

Livorno, Italy, Calcutta, India, 1905

American Sephardi Federation

“Every part of the [Moroccan] empire,” writes William Lemprière (1751-1834) in this travel chronicle, “more or less abounds with Jews, who… are not confined to towns, but are spread over the whole face of the country….” Lemprière, a British Army doctor, made this and other observations while traveling, beginning in 1789, to treat the son (and later harem) of Sultan Sidi Muhammad.

VIAGENS DE GIBRALTAR

Viagens de Gibraltar

William Lemprière

Na Officina de Simão Thaddeo Ferreira (Lisbon, 1794)

Portuguese

American Sephardi Federation, Gift of The Cahnman Foundation

TSEMAH DAVID: DITTIONARIO NOVO

David ben Isaac de Pomis

Ioannem de Gara (Venice, 1587)

Hebrew, Aramaic, Italian, Latin

American Sephardi Federation, Louis N. Levy Ladino and Rare Book Library Collection

 

Dedicated to Pope Sixtus V, this first edition of De Pomis’ (1525-93?) tri-lingual dictionary sought to explain Hebrew or Aramaic terms, many of them biological or medical, in Latin and Italian. A physician, philosopher, and rabbi, De Pomis was permitted to practice medicine amongst Tuscany Christians after delivering a discourse in Latin to Pope Pius IV.

THE ICONOGRAPHY OF MANHATTAN ISLAND, 1498-1909

I. N. Phelps (Isaac Newton Phelps) Stokes

New York: Robert H. Dodd, 1915-1928.

F128.37 .S88

American Jewish Historical Society

This six-volume set is one of forty-two copies printed on Japanese vellum; 360 additional sets were printed on English hand-made paper. The front blank leaf of Volume I is inscribed and autographed by the author: “Air, water, soul, of greatest purity; and all, combined in sweetest harmony, unite the ploughed up land to fructify." New York, July, 3d 1916. I.N. Phelps Stokes.”

THE ICONOGRAPHY OF MANHATTAN ISLAND, 1498-1909

I. N. Phelps (Isaac Newton Phelps) Stokes

New York: Robert H. Dodd, 1915-1928.

F128.37 .S88

American Jewish Historical Society

This six-volume set is one of forty-two copies printed on Japanese vellum; 360 additional sets were printed on English hand-made paper. The front blank leaf of Volume I is inscribed and autographed by the author: “Air, water, soul, of greatest purity; and all, combined in sweetest harmony, unite the ploughed up land to fructify." New York, July, 3d 1916. I.N. Phelps Stokes.”

AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY

SIDDUR (SEPHARDIC)

BM665 .L36 1837

American Jewish Historical Society, Milton Gottesman Rare Book Collection

Includes a bookmark, most likely hand-stitched, and embroidered with the name Isaac Phillips.

A collection of prayers, in English and Hebrew, according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews. This rare book was edited, carefully compared, and corrected by Isaac Leeser, reader of the Congregation Mikveh Israel of Philadelphia, by using earlier translations.

ORATION DELIVERED OVER THE REMAINS OF AARON DE CORDOVA... 9TH JULY, 1866-18TH TAMUZ,5626

D. P. Kidder

New York: Lane & Scott, 1851

DS112 .K32

American Jewish Historical Society

THE JEW, AMONG ALL NATIONS 

D. P. Kidder

New York: Lane & Scott, 1851

DS112 .K32

American Jewish Historical Society

THE BIBLE ON THE SABBATH

D. P. Kidder

New York: Lane & Scott, 1851

DS112 .K32

American Jewish

Historical Society

SIDDUR (SEPHARDIC)

BM665 .L36 1837

American Jewish Historical Society, Milton Gottesman Rare Book Collection

Includes a bookmark, most likely hand-stitched, and embroidered with the name Isaac Phillips.

A collection of prayers, in English and Hebrew, according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews. This rare book was edited, carefully compared, and corrected by Isaac Leeser, reader of the Congregation Mikveh Israel of Philadelphia, by using earlier translations.

SPIELZEUG

Oscar Seyffert; 
illustrated by W. Trier

Berlin: E. Wasmuth, 1920s

r (q) 43

Leo Baeck Institute

JÜDISCHES LEBEN IN WORT UND BILD

Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch; Illustrated by Alphons Levy Gerardin

Mannheim: j. Bensheimer, 1891

r (q) pt 2461 s3 j8 1891

Leo Baeck Institute

PHAEDON; ODER, ÜBER DIE UNSTERBLICHKEIT DER SEELE, IN DREY GESPRÄCHEN

Moses Mendelssohn

Berlin, 1767

r B 2691 P3 1767a

Leo Baeck Institut

GHETTO; SIEBEN ERZÄHLUNGEN

Scholem Alejchem, Scholem Asch and 
Jizchok Lejb Perez; translated by Alexander Eliasberg; illustrated by Max Unold

München: G. Müller, 1921

r (q) PJ 5128 G4

Leo Baeck Institute

GHETTO; SIEBEN ERZÄHLUNGEN

E.M. LILIEN, SEIN WERK MIT EINER EINLEITUNG VON STEFAN ZWEIG

Ephraim Moses Lilien; Berlin: Schuster & Löffler, 1903

r (q) NE 654 L5 E4

Leo Baeck Institute

THE TRIAL

Franz Kafka; illustrated by George Salter

New York: The Modern Library, 1956

st 4610 Salter v. 99

Leo Baeck Institute

LEO BAECK

INSTITUTE

LEO BAECK

INSTITUTE

DISCOURSE ON THE RESTORATION OF THE JEWS DELIVERED AT THE TABERNACLE, OCT. 28 AND DEC. 2, 1844

M. M. (Mordecai Manuel) Noah; New-York: Harper & Brothers, 1845

BS649.J5 N63 1845b; American Jewish Historical Society, Milton Gottesman Rare Book Collection, Gift of Sidney Lapidus

ANNO REGNI GEORGII II; REGIS MAGNAE BRITANNIAE, FRANCIAE, & HIBERNIAE, VICESIMO SEXTO

Isaac Abendana

Oxford: Printed at the theater, [1698]

Center for Jewish History

Gift of Sidney Lapidus

AN ALMANACK FOR THE YEAR OF CHRIST 1698 BEING THE SECOND AFTER BISSEXTILE OR LEAP-YEAR

Isaac Abendana

Oxford: Printed at the theater, [1698]

Center for Jewish History

Gift of Sidney Lapidus

FROM THE COLLECTION OF SIDNEY LAPIDUS

AMERICAN SEPHARDI FEDERATION

PRAYERS FOR SHABBET, ROSH-HASHANAH AND KIPPUR

Prayers for Shabbat, Rosh-Hashanah and Kippur

Translated by Isaac Pinto

J. Holt (New York, 1766)

English

American Sephardi Federation, Gift of an anonymous donor

“Hebrew,” writes Isaac Pinto (1720-1791), “being imperfectly understood by many, by some, not at all,” necessitated an English rendering of the siddur. His model, Ishac Nieto’s “elegant Spanish translation,” was (and was to remain) predominant in Sephardi-majority England. Pinto, amongst the first US Government translators, was described as “a learned Jew at New York” by Ezra Stiles (Yale’s President), and may also have lived in Stratford, Connecticut.

KANUN AL NISA

(אסנ)ןונאק לא

Isaac Abendana

Oxford: Printed at the theater, [1698]

Center for Jewish History

Gift of Sidney Lapidus

VIAGENS DE GIBRALTAR

Viagens de Gibraltar

William Lemprière

Na Officina de Simão Thaddeo Ferreira (Lisbon, 1794)

Portuguese

American Sephardi Federation, Gift of The Cahnman Foundation

“Every part of the [Moroccan] empire,” writes William Lemprière (1751-1834) in this travel chronicle, “more or less abounds with Jews, who… are not confined to towns, but are spread over the whole face of the country….” Lemprière, a British Army doctor, made this and other observations while traveling, beginning in 1789, to treat the son (and later harem) of Sultan Sidi Muhammad.

TSEMAH DAVID: DITTIONARIO NOVO

David ben Isaac de Pomis

Ioannem de Gara (Venice, 1587)

Hebrew, Aramaic, Italian, Latin

American Sephardi Federation, Louis N. Levy Ladino and Rare Book Library Collection

 

Dedicated to Pope Sixtus V, this first edition of De Pomis’ (1525-93?) tri-lingual dictionary sought to explain Hebrew or Aramaic terms, many of them biological or medical, in Latin and Italian. A physician, philosopher, and rabbi, De Pomis was permitted to practice medicine amongst Tuscany Christians after delivering a discourse in Latin to Pope Pius IV.

AMERICAN SEPHARDI FEDERATION

YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

A[LEF] B[ET] G[IMMEL] LE-YALDEL YISRAEL (ALEF BET GIMEL FOR CHILDREN OF ISRAEL)

Compiled, edited and illustrated by Rachel Caspi and Zvi 
Malewenczik Livni

Daat Publishers: Tel-Aviv, ca. 1956

Hebrew

The Jean Sorkin Moldovan Collection of Yeshiva University Museum Gift of the Jesselson Family

This delightful alef-bet book contains a cheerful two-page spread of a train and railroad tracks ornamented with all 22 Hebrew characters.

THE TRIAL OF THE JEWS OF TRENT

Trent, 1478-1479

German, Hebrew and Italian

Ink, gouache and gold on paper

Collection of Yeshiva University Museum

Gift of Erica and Ludwig Jesselson

 

Written for Eberhardt I, Duke of Württemberg, and bearing his arms, this is the only known German copy of the records of the trials of the Jews of Trent, accused of the ritual murder of a young Christian boy named Simon in 1475.

WHAT SHALL I COOK FROM AUSTERITY RATIONS

Author and publisher: Lilian Cornfeld

Tel Aviv, 1949

Hebrew

Collection of Yeshiva University Museum

The influx of immigrants after the Holocaust doubled the population of Israel. The government instituted rationing based on the British parameters established during World War II to solve the problem of providing food to everyone. An austerity program was instituted at the same time since Israel suffered from a deficit which was covered by loans and foreign financing. Dov Yosef (1899-1980), Minister of Rationing and Supply in the new State of Israel, wrote the introduction to this book. In addition to recipes, this book contains advertisements for products such as the one for detergent, illustrated here, touted by a Betty Boop look alike.

ESPEJO FIEL DE VIDA QUE LAS PSALMOS DE DAVID EN VERSO

(FAITHFUL MIRROR OF LIVES: THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN VERSE)

Daniel Israel Lopez Laguna

London, 1720

Spanish

Collection of Yeshiva University Museum

Gift of Herbert M. Honig in memory of Alexander and Esther Honig

The author began to compose this poetical account of his experiences, and the consolation he found in the Psalms, when imprisoned by the Inquisition as a Marrano in Portugal. He completed the manuscript when he escaped to Jamaica. It was published in England under the patronage of Mordecai Nunes Almeyda.

THE ICONOGRAPHY OF MANHATTAN ISLAND, 1498-1909

I. N. Phelps (Isaac Newton Phelps) Stokes

New York: Robert H. Dodd, 1915-1928.

F128.37 .S88

American Jewish Historical Society

This six-volume set is one of forty-two copies printed on Japanese vellum; 360 additional sets were printed on English hand-made paper. The front blank leaf of Volume I is inscribed and autographed by the author: “Air, water, soul, of greatest purity; and all, combined in sweetest harmony, unite the ploughed up land to fructify." New York, July, 3d 1916. I.N. Phelps Stokes.”

AMERICAN JEWISH

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

THE ICONOGRAPHY OF MANHATTAN ISLAND, 1498-1909

I. N. Phelps (Isaac Newton Phelps) Stokes

New York: Robert H. Dodd, 1915-1928.

F128.37 .S88

American Jewish Historical Society

This six-volume set is one of forty-two copies printed on Japanese vellum; 360 additional sets were printed on English hand-made paper. The front blank leaf of Volume I is inscribed and autographed by the author: “Air, water, soul, of greatest purity; and all, combined in sweetest harmony, unite the ploughed up land to fructify." New York, July, 3d 1916. I.N. Phelps Stokes.”

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