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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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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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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Blog Entry The “skinny” on our Sefira Minhag This article is not being written based on research, but is being written to convey our minhag as espoused in Washington Heights, with some verbal tradition that I have picked up when learning among the community members in the Beis Hamedrash over the years. Our sefira minhag […]

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I’m in the midst of finals and have slowed down on posting videos and blog entries. As I was googling on Isaaac Breuer towards a paper I’m writing I tripped upon the article by Zev Eleff in a previous edition of Tradition. The tone would be offensive to a WH person at first, but it […]

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Message from A. Weil of Baltimore Rabbi Yitzy Ettlinger is from Washington Heights and now lives in the Kensington area of Brooklyn where he is a rebbi in an Iranian cheder. He was also involved for a number of years as a founder of the Ashkenaz Minyan in that area. In order to spark interest […]

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Below are the PERSONAL minhagim of Rav Breuer ZtL at his family seder. They are likely minhagim of Jews from Papa, Hungary – his father’s birthplace. The list was compiled by his grandson Mr. Samson Bechhofer and distributed in a bentcher at his son’s Bar Mitzvah close to thirty years ago. My thanks to him […]

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Here is an article that appeared in “Light Magazine”, a popular publication with very Yeshivish leanings in the 70s and 80s. The article is about Rav Breuer zl and was published shortly after his passing. The irony is that it tells a story of a Yeshiva bochur who asked advice about going to college and […]

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As far as we can remember, in our home when the Seder reached its second activity, “Urchatz”- the washing of the hands in preparation for the dipping of the Karpas vegetable, a basin was brought to my father from which he would wash his hands. No other member of the family washed their hands at […]

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