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New Edition of Selichos KeMinhag Ashkenaz – סליחות כמנהג אשכנז: מהדורה חדשה לשם ולתפארת

September 30, 2014

A great new edition of selichos according to Minhag Ashkenaz, has just been released in Eretz Yisroel.

In addition to being arranged according to that venerable tradition, with pleasing to the eye font and layout, it also features translations of difficult words into easy Hebrew, as well as more extensive commentary notes to the prayer text on the bottom of the page, among other features. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the mechaber, Rav Shimon Schuster of Kiryas Sefer, for all the work he put in to make it available to the public.

This should be of significant interest to those who follow מנהג אשכנז, as well as those who are interested in tefilloh and selichos in general. Those who say selichos arranged according to other orders, such as מנהג ליטא, or מנהג פולין, will also find it of interest, as while there are some differences in the selichos selections and order between them and that in this publication, there is also significant overlap and sharing as well. Additionally, seeing other, variant minhogim is usually illuminating, helping one to better understand, and contextualize one’s own tradition, as well.

More information on this fine new work (over five hundred pages!), and a link to download it (free of charge!), here.

Let us hope, as the mechaber writes, that this new work will help enhance our כוונה during selichos recitation, and make the tefillos more accepted on high.

בברכת חתימה טובה


Hamaayan review of Yerushoseinu – סקירה בהמעין על קובץ ירושתנו של מכון מורשת אשכנז

November 5, 2012

The prominent Torah publication המעין recently put out their first issue for the year 5773. In it there is brief review of the last issue of the Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz annual ירושתנו, with some nice words and additional relevant information.

It can be seen here, about 4/5 of the way down the page.


New Issue of Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz Annual, Yerushoseinu 5772, Released – ירושתנו התשע”ב, ספר שנה של מכון מורשת אשכנז, יצא לאור

June 8, 2012

A new issue of the מכון מורשת אשכנז annual, ירושתנו, has recently been published.

As usual, it contains many interesting pieces, from a wide range of contributors. The English section contains an excellent, extensive (over seventy pages) article on  מורנו הרב לוי יוסף ברייער זצ”ל, Rabbi Dr. Joseph Breuer z”l, of Frankfurt and ק”ק קהל עדת ישורון, KAJ, of Washington Heights, by Rabbi Yaakov Lorch. The article is of great interest not only re the immediate subject, but also re his renowned ancestors, family members, kehilloh, etc. It is over seventy pages, and includes relevant photos, which most readers likely have not seen before.

All in all, highly recommended reading.

More info on this new Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz gem can be seen here. Many pages, from both the Hebrew and English sections, including the table of contents, are online for your sampling pleasure, and can be seen there as well.

יישר כחכם to all who labored to make the new work available.

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Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz (SMA) English synopsis almost sold out – Another MMA winner!

February 19, 2012

Not much longer than a year ago, a fine English volume of synopses rendered from the classic Hebrew language שרשי מנהג אשכנז series was issued, distributed by Feldheim publishers.

Informed sources have recently reported that it is close to being sold out. So in case you have been waiting to purchase it, or want to get additional copies for gifts, you might want to take note and action.

In that sense it is following in the footsteps of the full length Hebrew SMA volumes as well as other MMA publications, most of which are out of print, and difficult to impossible to find available (anyone want to sponsor reprints of out of print works or forthcoming אי”ה ones? Contact MMA!).

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