Here are two recordings in my possession one is a cassette recorded many years ago by the Leo Baeck Institute of Cantor Erwin Hirsch of the  Congregation “Habonim” (Conservative), As the institute does not have any record of this recording in their catalog both digital and physical I present it here for preservation. Songs include: […]

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Rav Hirsch wrote his first work under the pen name “Ben Uziel”. In the leaf preceding the work he quoted the Talmud megilah 3a “ But You know very well that I did it not for my own honor, nor for the honor of my father’s house, but rather I did it for Your Honor, […]

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I recently came into posession of several records of German Chazonim. Cantor Binyamin Z. Barsilai in record above. A Cantor Shlomo Barzilai officiated at the Great Synagogue in Vienna. Today his son  Shmuel Barzilai has this position. The record does not identify where this chazan prayed. Click here for a record that seems to have […]

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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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