The year was 1981 and the Torah world was preparing to stand and recite the Bircas Hachamah- the blessing on the sun that can be recited only once in 28 years, when the sun arrives at the point it was hung during creation on a Wednesday morning.   Rav Schwab penned an article for the […]

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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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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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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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