We thought our readers may be interested in a recent ‘find’ we came across while transcribing and transliterating burial records for SynagogueScribes.com – our sister site that deals mainly with pre civil registration, Synagogue records such as births, marriages and burials. See SynagogueScribes Sources for more information.
There are already a large number of articles on the web regarding Rabbi Samuel Falk, the Baal Shem of London, and each of these record his name, using various sources, as any one of, or all of, the following:
Chayim Samuel Jacob Falk
Chaim Schuml Falk
Samuel Jacob Chajim, the son of Raphael, the Sefardí
Samuel De Falk
However, our ‘find’ of his burial record amongst the the Burial Records we are working on shows the following:
5542 – 4 Iyar, died, Morenu Reb Abraham Shmuel ben Morenu Raphael, buried 5 Iyar, Baal Shem.
The JHSE published an article ‘The Baal Shem of London by the Rev, Dr H Adler in 1903 which includes a copy of the inscription said to have been on the tombstone of Samuel Falk, this shows his name as Samuel Jacob Chayim.
So we are curious to know whether anyone has an answer to the addition of the name ‘Abraham’ ? Please use the comment box below!
Samuel Falk has variously been described as a Charlatan; a Cabbalist; a Miracle Worker; and a Mystic. He was buried on the 5th Iyar which is the date of Israel’s Independence day: was this a sign of his “supernatural” powers? His followers would certainly have seen it as such.
For an extract of the will of Samuel Falk please see SynagogueScribes NA116
We have also added inscriptions and tombstone photos from Alderney Road (Globe Road) Jewish Cemetery, to CemeteryScribes.com and hope to add to this data once we have completed transliterating the burial records.
For further information on the Samuel Falk see:
JHSE – THE BAAL SHEM OF LONDON. By the Rev, Dr. H. ADLER, Chief Rabbi. (Read before the Society on November 29, 1903