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I saw a comment by mevaqesh:

To summarize the thesis set forth by R. Dr. Soloveitchik and in collected Essays vol. II and elaborated on in vol. III, the Ashkenazic mesorah was founded by a group of Babylonian scholars who, annoyed with the increasing liberalisation of their "mainstream" Geonic counterparts, moved to the Rhineland to start anew. Thus, in spite of a few Palestinian/ Italian influences on Ashkenzaic liturgy, their massoret in learning is a continuation of those maverick Babylonians.

I would really like to know more about this.

Could someone with access to this sefer provide a quick summary on this? What exactly happened back then, and how did it lead to the current Ashkenazi Jewry we have today?

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  • You might try reaching out to the Rav at Machon Shilo for more information on this subject. Rabbi Favid Bar Chaim.machonshilo.org Feb 6, 2023 at 11:50

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