||Popular Yiddish work on customs by R. Judah ha-Kohen Krauss. The title page, with a bluish frame and text in both blue and red, states that the contents have been selected from holy works with reasons for the customs. It is dated “take of the best fruits îæîøú (687 = 1927 in the land” (Genesis 43:11) and describes Rabbiner Kraus as av bet din in Lackenbach. There is a list of contributors to publication and a forward, followed by the text. Minhagei Yisrael begins with such subjects as covering one’s head and tefillin, covers Shabbat and festivals and concludes with errata.
R. Judah ha-Kohen Krauss (1858–1939), Hungarian rabbi, halakhist, and preacher. Krauss was ordained by his teacher R. Moses Schick and by R. Moses Pollak, the av bet din of Bonyhád and by Eliezer Susman of Paks. In 1885 he was appointed rabbi of Lackenbach where he served for 50 years. The community was one of the seven oldest in Hungary and had a long tradition of learning. Here Krauss founded a yeshivah which attracted many students, and his fame spread. He was an outstanding preacher. At the request of R. Moses Schick, he published homiletical and aggadic works in German written in Hebrew characters. He also published and edited in six volumes Davar be-Itto (1909–13), a religious homiletical journal which became a source book for preachers and lecturers in German-speaking countries. R. Krauss paid especial attention to the education of youth. In 1935 he immigrated to Jerusalem where he devoted himself to study.