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Minhagim of the Ashkenaz Synagogue ("The Luach") (5778) Print E-mail

28 Elul 5777

מנהגי בית הכנסת לבני אשכנז
בארץ ישראל ובחוץ לארץ
לשנת תשע״ח
Minhagim of the Ashkenaz Synagogue
In the Land of Israel and the Diaspora
For the Year 5778 (Hebrew)
Selected from Yerushaseinu, Book 10 (5778)

Full Document (7 Tishrei 5778) (pdf)

Table of Corrections to Nuschaos haTefilah (Iyar 5775)

 
Ashkenaz Minyan in Bayit Vegan Print E-mail

8 Sivan 5777

There is a group that would like to start an Ashkenaz minyan in Bayit Vegan but are lacking a suitable facility.  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have knowledge of an available facility or if you are interested in joining the group.

 
Central Festive Gathering for Ashkenaz Communities Print E-mail

18 Tishrei 5778

On the 4th day of Sukkos, Sunday, 18 Tishrei 5778, at Yeshurun, Beis haKnesses kMinhog Ashkenaz, Bnei Brak (25 Ben Yaakov St.), there was a festive event in honor of Sukkos for those affiliated with Ashkenaz communities.

  • 6:00 p.m.: Mincha
  • Drasha by Moreinu haRav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger: “Punctuality in Ashkenaz”
  • 7:15 p.m.: Arvis
  • Singing of Ashkenaz Melodies (in the adjacent hall, until 8:30 p.m.)
 
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(Note: The English version is outdated with respect to the Hebrew version.)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 (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.

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 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.

 
Tefiloh: The Weekday Liturgy According to the Ashkenaz Tradition Print E-mail

1 Iyar 5777

תפילה: סדר תפילות יום חול כמנהג אשכנז
Tefiloh: The Weekday Liturgy According to the Ashkenaz Tradition (Hebrew)
3rd edition
by Rav Hillel Hoffner and Rav Noach Hoffner
Haifa, 5777
112 pages

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סידור 'תפילה' לימות החול לכל השנה, בעימוד יעיל ועיצוב מסודר ואסתטי להפליא.

הכל בהשתדלות לדיוק ברמה גבוהה של ניקוד, נוסח ומנהגים כמנהג אשכנז המובהק, על פי הדרכתו של מורינו הרב בנימין שלמה המבורגר שליט"א.

בסידור זה לא משאירים את המתפלל לבחור בין נוסחאות שונים תוך כדי התפילה, אלא משאירים את הספקות בנוסחאות וסיבותיהם לחיבור נפרד שנמצא כעת בשלבי עריכה, שיכלול בירורי נוסחאות שונים.

We welcome contributions toward the publication of the expanded edition of Tefiloh, which will include the Selichos and the Piyutim for Special Shabboses. When making your contribution, please specify that it is for this purpose.

 
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K'hal Kaudesh Minhog Ovaus, Talbiya Print E-mail

16 Menachem-Av 5777

Talbiya
Jerusalem
Israel
Phone: +972-53-315-9071 (Elazar Cohn)
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A new "Yekkish" kehillah, kAdat Ashkenaz, is in the process of being established in the Talbiya/Rechavia neighborhood of Jerusalem.

With regard to the nusach and the minhagim, the kehillah aims to be just like other such kehillos, e.g. those of Basel and Frankfurt.  The traditional Ashkenaz havarah for cholom ('au') will be used for the Torah reading as well as the tefillah.   As for the melodies of the tefillah and the piyutim, they will include great compositions by Lewandowsky and others and carried out by the kehillah's chazzan and choir.

There are currently more than thirty people who have committed to attend the daily minyanim once the kehillah is established.

 
Tefillin on Chol haMoed Print E-mail

17 Nisan 5777

תפילין בחול המועד
Tefillin on Chol haMoed (Hebrew)
Drasha of Rav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger
Central Festive Gathering for Ashkenaz Communities, Pesach 5777
Yeshurun, Beis haKnesses kMinhog Ashkenaz, Bnei Brak
17 Nisan 5777

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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
9 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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Siddur Tefilas Yeshurun / Seder Zemiros Yeshurun Print E-mail

28 Cheshvan 5776


סידור תפילת ישורון
Siddur Tefilas Yeshurun (Hebrew)
Nusach Ashkenaz
The Order of the Prayers for the Entire Year for the Holy Communities of Ashkenazim in the Land of Israel and in the Diaspora
New and corrected, expanded edition (2nd edition)
688 pages

סדר זמירות ישורון
Seder Zemiros Yeshurun (Hebrew)
Minhag Ashkenaz
80 pages

by Rav Schlomo Eliezer Hofmeister
Yeshurun Publications, Vienna, 5776

(Note: These works are not official Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz publications.)

Available in Israel from Rav Avrumi Eisenberg, +972-54-846-7415, and outside of Israel from the author, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tefilas Yeshurun: Table of Contents | Sample Pages

Zemiros Yeshurun: Table of ContentsSample Pages

Included in the Siddur:
“הגהת נוסח התפילה לפי סידורים קדומים: מענה על שאלות”
“Correction of the Text of the Liturgy Based on the Versions Found in Earlier Siddurim: Responsa” (Hebrew)
by Rav Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger
Reprinted from Yerushaseinu, Book 6 (5772)
34 pages
Full Document (pdf)


This long-awaited second edition of the Siddur is finally available, edited according to the most authoritative version of the customs of Ashkenaz.  The text of the liturgy has been corrected according the tradition of our forefathers and rabbis, and according to the version found in the original siddurim of Ashkenaz, free of the corruption of censorship, and without the changes made by the Maskilim and later grammarians.

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