The Mishnah Berurah was composed with the minhagim of the Eastern Ashkenazi kehillot in mind. Is there an equivalent for the communities of Western Europe*?

*The Ashkenazi communities of the Rheinland, the rest of Germany and France, England, the Netherlands, and Italy.

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    Can you source your first sentence?
    – Double AA
    Dec 2, 2014 at 17:46
  • The kizur shulchan aruch was written by an Hungarian ashkenaz rabbi. This should be close to the German minhagim Dec 2, 2014 at 18:18
  • @DoubleAA, the Chofetz Chaim was a Litvak in terms of his minhagim and his hashkafah. I should think the author would qualify as a valid source. Dec 2, 2014 at 18:21
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    @NoachmiFrankfurt People can account for other perspectives than there own.
    – Double AA
    Dec 2, 2014 at 18:22
  • @DavidMichaelGang, the Hungarians were much more machmir than the Western European Jews. I have heard that in the time of R' Hirsch, it was relatively common for the observant able balei batim to go the opera and the theatre and it was not unheard of for a rav to study non-Jewish philosophy. (Source: my grandfather grew up in Frankfurt before the war.) Dec 2, 2014 at 18:24

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How's about Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz by Rav Binyomin Hamburger (Bnei Brak) from Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz? Additionally, on their website, they have a Luach HaMinhagim for the year. I recommend checking that out as well.

  • I frequently use resources from MMA, although I wouldn't compare שרשי מנהג אשכנז to a משנה ברורה type sefer. The former is an exhaustive (thus-far incomplete) collection with a unique arrangement, whereas the latter follows the simanim of Shulchan 'Aruch O"C for his commentary May 21, 2019 at 3:33
  • Did you try the Luach? Accessible here:moreshesashkenaz.org/mm/publications/MadrichEnglish.pdf May 23, 2019 at 3:45

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