||Illustrated text book on the basic tenets of Judaism and Jewish history in French by Dr. Moïse Ventura. The full title is Manuel illustré d'instruction religieuse israélite: Hébreu, croyances et pratiques religieuses, histoire et morale juives, extraits du rituel, chant liturgique. The verso of the title page lists Dr. Ventura’s other works to date, an impressive and varied list. There is an introduction and benedictions and birkhat ha-Mazon in both Hebrew and French leading into the text. That begins with Shema (Chema), mezuzah, tefillin, devine revelation and justice, the story of creation and related subjects. A large number of subjects are accompanied by illustrations. Manuel Illustré d'Instruction Religieuse Israélite is a comprehensive and highly readable work on the basics of Judaism.
Dr. Moïse Ventura (1893–1978), rabbi and scholar. Born in Smyrna, Ventura, studied at the rabbinical seminary at Istanbul and at Paris University. In 1938–48 he served as chief rabbi at Alexandria , Egypt ; lectured at Yeshiva College, New York, 1951–53; and was head of Montefiore College, Ramsgate, England, 1953–55. In 1955 he settled in Israel. Apart from a number of textbooks of Hebrew and religious instruction in French, Ventura wrote Le livre du Kuzari (1932); Le Kalam et le peripatétisme après le Kuzari (1934); and La philosophie de Saadia Gaon (1934). He also prepared a critical edition of the Hebrew text (and part of the Arabic original) of Maimonides' Millot ha-Higgayon (La terminologie logique de Maimonide, with French translation and commentary, glossary, etc., 1935); and published a series of homiletical talks on biblical books and Avot.