When I was a young Yeshiva student and beginning to learn Torah earnestly, a friend of mine approached me and showed me something devastating in a sefer. The book was quoting the words of the Sifsei Kohen (or “The Shach”, 1621-1662) in Yoreh Deah (91) that states “one must wait 6 hours after eating meat […]

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Sorry for the delay. One of the previous posts has sent me on a journey. The post citing the relationship between YU and Breuer’s in polemics piqued my interest in the contentious times that were the 80s, when the Agudah convention drew crowds of Yeshiva bochurim alongside the Balabatim and conflict between brands of Orthodoxy […]

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Rev. Walter Hes passed away this last year at the age of 101. He and our beloved Mr. Hellmann o.b.m might have been the last two remaining alumni of the famed Wurzburg Seminary. This video tells the story of the students who dreamed of becoming “lehrer” and the lives they built on these shores.

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Once upon the late-eighties there was an initiative to record the regular songs of the typical shul repertoire (as opposed to “concert pieces” already recorded. Here is an entire Yomim Noraim or Yizkor day morning with Chazan Robert Frankel!

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Once upon a choir rehearsal there was an initiative taken to record everything in the vloumous songbook of the KAJ choir. I plan on posting from these recordings regularly. Here is one whole Shabbos morning set with Chazan David Kenner. Enjoy

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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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