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Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz, the Institute for German Jewish Heritage, is the leading institute dedicated to the research, preservation and transmission of the unique religious values, customs, and folklore of German Jewry, as they existed prior to the Holocaust.

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Ready for Publication, Awaiting Sponsorship: Yerushaseinu: Book Eight Print E-mail

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ירושתנו ה׳תשע״ה
Yerushaseinu 5775
The Annual Journal of Toras Ashkenaz
Research, Review, and Recollections of Ashkenaz Heritage and Customs
Including the Beis Knesses Minhag Calendar for the Year 5775
Book Eight
Edited by Rav Shlomo Yehudah Leib Hoffman and Rav Moshe Dovid Chechik
Bnei Brak, 5775

 
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Minhagim of the Ashkenaz Synagogue ("The Luach") (5774) Print E-mail

23 Elul 5773

מנהגי בית הכנסת לבני אשכנז
בארץ ישראל ובחוץ לארץ
לשנת תשע״ד
Minhagim of the Ashkenaz Synagogue
In the Land of Israel and the Diaspora
For the Year 5774 (Hebrew)
Selected from Yerushaseinu, Book 7 (5774)

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Table of Corrections to Nuschaos haTefilah (5774)

Selichoh for Erev Rosh Hashanah and Erev Yom Kippur: Ani Avdecho

 
Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz (English) Print E-mail

11 Cheshvan 5771

Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz (English)
Minhag Ashkenaz: Sources and Roots
Synopsis of Volumes I–IV
by Rav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger
Translated by David Silverberg
Bnei Brak, 5771
223 pages

Distributed by Yefe Nof-Feldheim. Available in fine Jewish bookstores.

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Foremost in the effort of Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz during the last thirty years to research, archive, preserve and disseminate the over-one-thousand-year-old, magnificent heritage of Ashkenaz has been the publication of the monumental series Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz, which researches the evolution of German-Jewish customs and traditions, their development, origins and views surrounding them, in a detailed and clear format.

These books have become an invaluable asset for anyone with an interest in Jewish customs in general and German-Jewish customs in particular. Intended to expand to tens of volumes, the series is currently comprised of four, which include a wide range of topics such as minhagim of tefillah and shul, Shabbos and Yom Tov, marriage customs, yoledes and bris milah, as well as a variety of other minhagim. Those who do not have time to read every chapter in its entirety will nevertheless gain satisfaction from the synopses found at the end of each one.

Despite the great demand for an English translation, this work is thus far available only in Hebrew.  However, the synopses following each chapter in the first four volumes have been translated and collected in one volume, so that English readers will be able to find the salient points for their research.

 
Memories and Traditions of the Chasam Sofer Print E-mail

7 Kislev 5774

‘זכרונות ומסורות על ה’חתם סופר
Memories and Traditions of the “Chasam Sofer” (Hebrew)
From his Family, his Students, and his Followers
Edited by Rav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger
Enhanced and revised edition
Bnei Brak, 5774
431 pages

Distributed by Yefe Nof-Feldheim. Available in fine Jewish bookstores.

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28 Shevat 5772

Welcome to our new web site.  The creation of new content and transfer of content from the old site are expected to proceed concurrently, at a steady pace.  Until all the previous content is transferred from the old site, a link to the old site can be found in the menu at the top of the page.

Updates:
19 Elul 5773: Yerushaseinu Book Seven
23 Elul 5773: Minhagim of the Ashkenaz Synagogue (5774)
5 Shevat 5774: Dedications (Updated)

 
Guide to Minhag Ashkenaz Print E-mail

27 Shevat 5772

מדריך למנהג אשכנז המובהק
Guide to Minhag Ashkenaz (Hebrew)
Bnei Brak, 5774

Table of Contents | Full Document (pdf)

Guide to Minhag Ashkenaz (English)
by Rav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger
Translated by Rav Reuven Poupko
Bnei Brak, 5769

(Note: The English version is outdated with respect to the Hebrew version.)

Table of Contents | Full Document (pdf)

 
Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz Print E-mail

4 Tishrei 5765

שרשי מנהג אשכנז
Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz (Hebrew)
by Rav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger
Bnei Brak
4 vols.

Out of print.  Volumes 5 and 6 and a second edition of volumes 1 and 4 are currently in preparation, and reprinting of the entire series is expected in the near future.

Vol. 1 (5755), 481 pages

Vol. 2 (5760), 619 pages: Table of ContentsSample Pages

Vol. 3 (5762), 550 pages: Table of ContentsSample Pages

Vol. 4 (5764), 595 pages: Table of ContentsSample Pages


Foremost in the effort of Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz during the last thirty years to research, archive, preserve and disseminate the over-one-thousand-year-old, magnificent heritage of Ashkenaz has been the publication of this monumental series, which researches the evolution of German-Jewish customs and traditions, their development, origins and views surrounding them, in a detailed and clear format.

These books have become an invaluable asset for anyone with an interest in Jewish customs in general and German-Jewish customs in particular. The series is intended to expand to tens of volumes, and currently includes a wide range of topics such as minhagim of tefillah and shul, Shabbos and Yom Tov, marriage customs, yoledes and bris milah, as well as a variety of other minhagim.

 
Yerushaseinu Print E-mail

29 Iyar 5772

ירושתנו
Yerushaseinu
The Annual Journal of Toras Ashkenaz
Research, Review, and Recollections of Ashkenaz Heritage and Customs
Including the Beis Knesses Minhag Calendar for the Year
Edited by Rav Shlomo Yehudah Leib Hoffman, Rav Yosef Shlomo Meyer, and Rav Moshe Dovid Chechik
Bnei Brak
7 books

השנתון ”ירושתנו“ היוצא לאור מידי שנה ע״י המכון, מהווה אספקלריה מאירה לרבגוניות של ”מורשת אשכנז“, המשתקפת מתוכו בשלל תחומיה. כשהיא מהווה תיעוד לתורת חכמי אשכנז אורחותיהם ומנהגיהם בדורות עברו, וביטוי נפלא לתחייתה ופעילותה של מורשת זו עד לימינו אנו.

ירושתנו“ מבקש להביא לתודעת הציבור בכלל ובני אשכנז בפרט, את הירושה שהנחילו לנו אבותינו, יופיה וטיבה — בשלל גווניה. ”ירושתנו“ משרת מטרה זו באמצעות פרסום דברי תורתם הגנוזים של רבני אשכנז שבכל הדורות והעיון בהם במדור ”רבותינו שבאשכנז“, ואילו תורת צאצאיהם הבאים מכוחם במדור ”הלכה ותוספות“, מחקרים באורחותיהם ומנהגיהם במדור ”תורת אמך“, מחקרי נוסחאות התפילה ומנהגיה במדור ”תקרב רינתי“, ורקע תקופתם המשולב בסקירות על חיי הקהילות היהודיות ורבניה במדור ”בינת דורות“.

במקביל הוקדש כמובן מקום נכבד למעשה אשר יעשון, ב”לוח מנהגי בית הכנסת לבני ארץ ישראל וחו״ל“ המעודכן בכל שנה ושנה.

ההדים וההתעניינות בשנתון ובתוכן שבו — החוצה גבולות חוגים וימים — באים לידי ביטוי במדור ”והמה בכתובים“. מדור ”כבוא הספר“ סוקר את הספרים בעלי זיקה אשכנזית היוצאים לאור עולם.

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