Before this Yom Tov passes I want to share a “shtikel Torah”. That is not the standard for this Torah blog, but I don’t have confidence that my yeshivah styled derech halimud would qualify my Aschkenaz oriented pieces to the pages of the revered Torah journal that is devoted to this (Yerushaseinu). So, part of […]

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  The Shofar is blown during the repetition of the Amidah. There are several opinions mentioned in the rishonim as to just what to blow.   The source for this practice is the Talmud hRosh Hashana 17a. “Say before Me (G-d) the malcios, zichronos and shofaros on Rosh  Hashana…MAlchios, to make Me your King, Zichronos […]

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This was Chazan Frankel’s signature kiddush (composed by Cantor Abraham Katz of Amsterdam). On one of my other channels I have this as sung by a young budding Chazan in Erets. I took the performance and had the organ added by my friend Yehoshua Solomon (who is available for simchas…) and voila. Enjoy before the […]

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This video, third in a series, gives the history of Tora learning and pursuit of career in the community over 150 years. It also has alot of 80s tidbits- because, if you haven’t realized, I am stuck there. Finally, it adresses the comment of YGB in the previous video about the kehila and TIDE. In […]

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Three thinkers within the Orthodox community speak to Hirschian ideas in America today. Rabbi Dr. Moshe Miller whose doctoral thesis was on Rav Hirsch and is a professor of Judaic Stuudies at Touro College and teaches a course at Lander College for Women about R. Hirsch, Dr. Yitzchok Levine who writes on American-Jewish history for […]

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An emotional look at a shul that has meant so much to so many people and its will to continue. We have discussed the history of this institution in three parts, and in this final installment we see it through to this very day. Discusses Rabbi Avraham Gross ZtL, and the shul today under the […]

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  A quick thought that I once had. Rav Hirsch in his commentary to the 24th Psalm, explains the repetition and nuance of the last few verses: Seu She’arim Rasheichem – Let the gates lift their heads Vehinasu  Pischei olam– Let the portals of the world be raised up Veyavo Melech Hakovod– and the Glorious […]

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One Minhag that is practiced in Breuers is the practice that one who leads the congregation in Selichos will also serve as chazan the evening before, and during the day when feasible. Reb Yisroel Strauss adds that they still allow for an Avel to daven with the following qualifiers: An Avel can daven (except 1st […]

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In an interview with Rabbi Dr. Eric Zimmer of Jerusalem, for an upcoming video on the channel, we asked him about interesting minhagim that he remembers from his years serving as the Rav of a small congregation of German Jews from the countryside of Hessen and other outlying communities. The Shul, Ahavath Torah eventually merged into what is today, Shaarei Hatikvah. He recorded that the […]

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I am sorry for this late post. The leinin of the dibros by Benno Weis is avalable on FSU Archives. Here is the first dibrah as read by someone else. I don’t know who, but we received this recording from Mr. Joseph Katzenstien aH many years ago. Mr. Katzenstien gave us many old recordings when […]

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