I recently encountered an article by the late Jonah Frankel, an authority on piyut who is known for editing some volumes of the “Goldschmidt Machzor”.  The article was written over a decade ago on the occasion of 200 years since the publishing of the Heidenheim siddur. The article points out the lack of attention scholars […]

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Three songs, Lamaan Tziyon,Yigdal and Mombach’s Hovu Lashem, performed in memory of the late Freddy Plaut o.b.m, who passed away earlier that year.

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For our community this piece tops anything ever written by anyone named “Handel”. And while this piece can be found many places online, we will always prefer it “our way”.

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The German Jewish community of Washington Heights recites the Bircas Hatorah each morning at the juncture between the bracha “Mekadesh es Shimcha Barabim” and the beginning of the recital of korbanos. This is at odds with the minhag recorded in the standard Roedelheim siddur. In the essay linked here I have suggested (this was written […]

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This past week  Jews the world over sat down to the traditional Shavuot-night learning.  Some traditionally say the “Tikkun” a prescribed booklet for the occasion. Others sit down with their Daf Yomi groups or with a friend.   In Washington Heights there is a third activity to be found at the “lernin”. The activity of […]

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Here is the clip from AM radio about a fire in the rear of the shul some 15 years ago.

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Rabbi Gevirtz in his memorable entertaining style shares some kehilla history at a dinner meeting. Click above or here

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