From Bavaria via Napoleonic Westphalia and Brazil to London

The Amazing Story of a Chumash

in European Judaism

If books could tell their story . . . Some actually can, because we are able to trace some phases of their history. The above-mentioned Sulzbach Bible has right from its origins the most interesting story to tell: partly because of its very specific function during three particular years and the fact that it contains the only known signature of Israel Jacobson, the founder of Progressive Judaism, further because of its journeys from Westphalia via Brazil to London, and also because of some of its owners, one being the rabbi who initiated the first of the famous three rabbinical conferences that mark the ‘Classical Reform’ period in Judaism.