Friday, March 30, 2018

The Lehman Haggadah

This gem was written by Rabbi Marcus Lehman of Mainz, a contemporary of R' Hirsch,  and translated into English in 1974.

Here's a sample:

“The actual Essence of God is love, inexhaustible, unbounded love. Where both this love and the name of God are unrecognised and God therefore finds it necessary to maintain and preserve His glory from lack of recognition and waywardness, it is 'כבוד ה the glory of God which procures recognition by storm, judgement and punishment. Where God appeares in punitive form, as in the overthrow of the Egyptians, and with devoted love, as in the liberation of His people, He reveals Himself ובעצמו בכבודו in His glory and His whole real Being. Here God appears on the one hand as the sublime, unapproachable and inviolable Holiness, who disseminates death and fear, whereas on the other hand He appears as the source of all love and blessings, all existence and hope, or expressed in other terms: as הקדוש on the one hand, and ברוך הוא the other. קדוש expresses the concept כבודי
(ונקדש בכבודי ) whereas the description of עצמו in shortened from is ברוך הוא
R' Marcus Lehman, Passover Haggadah, pp. 131-2

Monday, March 19, 2018

Kenes for Chol Moed Pesach

Kenes for Chol Moed Pesach

When: Fourth day of Pesach, third day of Chol Moed, Tuesday 18 Nisan, April 3, 2018 

Where: B'nai Brak, 25 Ben Yaakov St., very near the Coke factory, first stop on bus

4:30 PM Talk in English by Rav Meir Posen, followed by translation into Hebrew.
Chazanut, including the choir of KAJ Jerus.
6:30 PM Mincha
Talk by R’ Shlomo Binyamin Hamburger shlita, in Hebrew
7:45 Maariv

A group will be leaving from Beit Shemesh around 4:00 PM. Please contact me if you’d like to join us.

Get off bus at Coca Cola factory. Ben Yaakov street is to the right of the gas station across the street.

In attendance will be Yekke/Minhag Ashkenaz people from
all over Eretz Yisroel.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

שרשי מנהג אשכנז - חלק חמישי

אנו שמחים בבשורה הטובה שקיבלנו בסוף השבוע שעבר, שהספר "שרשי מנהג אשכנז - חלק חמישי" הגיע לחנויות.

(ההפצה ע"י יפה נוף - פלדהיים
, ניתן להשיג גם במכון מורשת אשכנז בבני ברק, ואצל הרב משה המבורגר ברמות- ירושלים).

הספר מופיע בכריכה חדשה ומהודרת, 917 עמודים, 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Every aspect of a full life

"God's Law does not deal with things that are supernatural or not of this world; instead, it includes every aspect of a full life which can be lived here below. Therefore these laws are עדות, the testimony of God's truths for all our earthy relationships, and hence they are עדות, because they crown all our earthy affairs with the ornament of human nobility which find favor in the eyes of God." Rav Hirsch on Tehillim 119:99

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A tour of the main Belzer Synagogue in Jerusalem

A tour of the main Belzer Synagogue in Jerusalem

You could say this is not German Orthodox or TIDE but then again it is as the synagogue is run with a kind of German order.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

only after

This is the plea for the גאולה of the entire Jewish community, for whom there can be no חרות while it is in galuth. Its redemption will begin only once all of its members will be gathered together out of this dispersion in order to be reunited. But such a reunion cannot be brought out by human action or even only through the intermediary of human effort; we must wait for God Himself to sound the Shofar. Even as the individual can hope for גאולה 

(ראה בענינו )

only after he has first passed through the states of daa'th, teshuvah and selichah, so our people can expect collective geulah only after all of us have re-acquired for ourselves the only true perspective of things, and after we all will have returned to His law and to His faithful service so as to be deserving of forgiveness and pardon. Any allegation that deliverance can be obtained by other means than those is nothing but dangerous folly.

R' Samson Raphael Hirsch, Commentary on Siddur, p. 138 on the bracha “Sound the great Shofar for our freedom”