Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1940 Census of Rav Joseph Breuer and family

See lines 34-40. This is a pretty good find if I say so myself. This is an American census taken shortly after the family's arrival, about a year. Rav Breuer's children are young. Jacob Breuer is 21. I can't even say if they had a shul at 220 Bennett at this point. Certainly, the kehilla was in its infancy. Who knew what accomplishments lay ahead?





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They arrived in 1939 on this ship: Normandie



Video of ship (Source: reader Appropriate vessel)

Built by Chantiers & Ateliers de Penhoet, St. Nazaire, France, 1935. 79,280 gross tons; 981 (bp) feet long; 118 feet wide. Steam Turbine engines, quadruple screw. Service speed 30 knots. 10,902 passengers Passenger ship. Enlarged in 1935. Large three funnels.

Ship History


Built for French Line, French flag, in 1935 and named Normandie. Havre-Southampton-New York service.

Seized by U.S. authorities, in 1941 and renamed Lafayette. Laid up in New York when caught fire. 
Caught fire, sank, refloated and scrapped in 1947.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Igros Moshe Orach Chaim 4:24


Behold it is known that all the people of Poland, Hungary, and Russia...are children of Ashkenaz even Chasidim. And until Chasidus spread they all prayed with nusach Ashkenaz. However, the Chasidic leaders lead them to pray in a different nusach with various changes...They changed the customs of their ancestors and our great rabbis of Germany and France. The reason for the change is not clear nor how they permitted a change from the established nusach....If one desires to change back and pray in nusach Ashkenaz, since it is the nusach of our ancestors and rabbis, he is permitted as he is returning to what once was.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Crusade Mourned in Cologne

"The Jewish community of Cologne, Germany, designated the 23rd of Nissan as a day of fasting and mourning to commemorate the Jews of Cologne massacred in 1147 during the Second Crusade."

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