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Germanic populations in Talmudic and other rabbinic texts?

In the 11th century, Hai Gaon and Rashi refer to the country and language of “Ashkenaz” (referring to the area around the Rhineland, northern France and Germany). By the 12th and 13th centuries, ...
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Who are the Yekis?

I once heard someone identifying as a "Yeki", or something like that, and the "Yekis" apparently have an interesting musical tradition where they use a different Yigdal tune before Kiddush at each ...
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Why do yekkes say Shir Mizmor Le'Osof each morning?

There is a very old Minhag Ashkenaz (i.e. practiced by yekkes) that every day after Shacharis (or Musaf) one says Psalm 83 (Shir Mizmor LeOsof). I have done this for a long time, however I am yet to ...
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Why do Yekkes follow Beis Shammai?

Brachos 8:2 records a dispute between Beis Shammai and Beis Hillel whether one should wash before or after Kiddush. The Yekke minhag is to wash before Kiddush. Why do they follow Beis Shammai? (In ...
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Maariv Motzoei Shabbos. Origin of the minhag not to say the verses of “Kedusha Desidra” aloud

The Oruch HaShulchan O. Ch. 132 (1) points out that Chazal did not institute to say “kedusha” at Maariv. Indeed we do not say “kedusha” at Maariv; but on Motzoei Shabbos we do say ואתה קדוש וכ׳ in ...
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Looking for online German (Yekke) Torah Trope practice

As a lad, I often attended a German (Yekke) shul in my neighborhood, where they used the Yekke Torah trope. My main shul sometimes used this trope during Yom Tov readings. (I.e. - the Yekke trope is ...
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Yekke Jew customs

I would like to know the customs and unique details of what a Yekke Jew does and stands for. I wait three hours between milk and meat but do not know why I do and what makes it right. Can you speak ...
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French Minhagim

When I was in France over the summer, I noticed that, in general, the Ashkenazim followed German minhagim. Resultantly, it made me wonder whether there are any major differences between Minhag Rheinus ...
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Judenstern (Jeckische Shabbat lamp)

Historically, German Jews used a lamp like the one shown below for neirot Shabbat. Does anyone still make it? If so, where could it be found?
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Western Ashkenaz Mishnah Berurah

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 ...
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Are there any Yekkish wedding customs specifically?

In Yekkish Ashkenaz minhag are there any wedding customs distinct from general Ashkenaz wedding customs? For example, I've read online that there is a minhag to use the chattan's tallis for the ...
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Touching the tefillin during Ashrei

Most Ashkenazi siddurim note that some have the custom of touching the arm and head tefillin (and then touching the fingertips to the lips) upon reciting the verse .פּוֹתֵחַ אֶת-יָדֶךָ; ...
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When do Yekkes first don a kittel?

I read on Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz's forums Wedding Minhagim that it is the German custom not to wear a kittel or sargenes under the chuppah. I know that it is worn on Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur, ...
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פ in German Sta"M Script

Does anyone know the German custom for the letter pey in Sta"m sofer? I know that the shape in Litvisch Bet Yosef is influenced by the Mekubalim of Tzfat (The Ari in particular) who said that the ...
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National Character affecting its Jewish Community

In pg. 3 of this interview by R' Hamburger שליט“א, he asserts in the name of the Michtav miEliyohu (Dessler זצ”ל) that the character of each nation's non-Jewish majority affected the temperment and ...
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Do people still celebrate “Frankfurt Purim”?

The people of Frankfurt, historically, have celebrated a mini-Purim ("פורים קטן") on 20 Adar, to commemorate their salvation from threat of extinction (see this article for a summary of the events). ...
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Western Ashkenazi Siddur?

Does anyone know where I can find an authoritative Yekkish siddur? I found a siddur Sefas Yisroel on open siddur, but I am unsure it's accurate — meaning one that accurately reflects the nusach of the ...
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What learning style do Yekkes have?

There's a Yeshiva in Washington Heights named after (and supposedly run in the spirit of) R' S. R. Hirsch. All I could find is a Donation page there. What kind of learning goes on there (or in ...
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Should I remain silent during kedusha (if it's my minhag) in a kehila which doesn't?

If one's personal minhag is to stay silent during the chazan's recitation of kedusha in the repetition of the 'Amidah (except for "kadosh…", "baruch…", and "yimloch…", which are recited in all ...
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Distinction between tsere and segol in Yekkish pronunciation?

I've heard that tsere and open-syllabic segol are pronounced the same in Yekkish (Western Ashkenazi) Hebrew. That said, everyone talks about how Ashkenazi is the only pronunciation with distinct ...
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Hashem's Name in Hashiva Shofteinu

In the ברכה of השיבה שופטינו, all סידורים that I have seen (including really yekkish ones) have the words "אתה ה' לבדך", all סידורים that is, except the סידור הרוקח. The רוקח does not have Hashem's ...
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Austrian vs Yekkish Minhagim

I'm aware that there are some similarities between Austrian minhagim and Yekkish ones. One example would be that in both communities boys begin wearing a tallis at their Bar Mitzvah, rather than ...
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Mekor Chaim by the Chavauss Yo'ir

Where can I find a copy of the Mekor Chaim by R' Yair Bacharach זצ”ל (the Chavot Ya'ir)? I read on Wikipedia that Machon Yerushalayim publishes a copy, but a perusal of their catalogue does not turn ...
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A piyut refers to the converts: Keni, Na'aman, Ovadiah, Rachav, Na'amah and Ruth. How come?

There is an old Minhag Ashkenaz to sing a piyut by R' Avigdor Kra called Echad Yachid Umeyuchad in honour of a chasan being called to the Torah. The piyut is an acrostic which spells out אביגדור קרא. ...
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Yekke Tallit Gadol

I am a Yekke and am unsure about some of the customs such as a good Siddur to use (My Rabbi is Chassidish so I use Nusach Sfard) and also a Tallit Gadol. I'd prefer to use the Tallit that is all ...
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Jekkisch Käppchen (kaepchen)

Is there anyplace on the internet where one could purchase a Jekkische kippah (or käppchen, in German)? I would be looking preferably for ones made out of non-synthetic fabric if possible.
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Is there a minhag amongst some to wear a kittel on Rosh HaShanah? [duplicate]

The universal Ashkenazi minhag is to wear the kittel on Yom Kippur. I have heard of some who wear the kittel also on Rosh HaShanah. Is this a true minhag? I suspect it might be a Jeckishe (German) ...
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Sargenes vs. Kittel

This is fairly simple: Growing up in the US, the only white robes available for wearing during Rosh haShannah and Yom Kippur are standard kittels. I have heard that the kittel worn in Germany prior ...
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How “modern” is K.A.J?

"Traditionally", K.A.J (Khal Adat Yeshurun, the Yekkishe Kehilla in Washington Heights) was the "successor" Kehilla of R' Hirsh, following the Torah Im Derekh Eretz model. Do they still follow that ...
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Pesukim Before Kaddish Tiskabal

In Western European siddurim there are two pesukim before Kaddish Tiskabal. One from במדבר and one from תהלים. They are present in the Rödelheim/Sfas Emes, the Seligman Baer (page 150 in the pdf), and ...
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Chazzanish Recordings

Are there any recordings of any of the old, German chazzanim singing their nusach? I know that KAYJ.net includes a nusach page, however, the recordings are somewhat lackluster (although they are an ...
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What was a rabbinic מעיל משי?

In the book מנהגים דק"ק וורמיישא, one of the first simonim notes that the rov and chazzan in Worms should wear a Seidenmantel (He: מעיל משי), which the notes explain was rabbinical garb in those days. ...
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Is there a yekkish minhog regarding peyos?

Is there a yekkish minhog regarding peyos? Please cite sources.
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Teacher of the Pnei Yehoshua

What was the name of the rav/teacher of HoRav Ya'akov Yehoshua ben Tzvi, author of the Pnei Yehoshua?
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Chabad kuntres “Toras Ashkenaz”

What is the Chabad pamphlet Toras Ashkenaz: Frankfurt, Germania ? Background: A Chabad friend of mine noticed this pamphlet at the Chabad Ohel in Queens. While the title would imply that it is of ...
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What is כף הכינוי?

In R' Wiesenthal's Siddur Sefas Yisroel, he talks about the כף הכינוי and different opinions about it. But I have no idea what this actually is. So, what is כף הכינוי?
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When do German Ashkenazim make havdalah?

I know that there are several opinions regarding the calculation​ of the time of motsei Shabbas. What method of calculating the time for Havdalah is used in German Ashkenaz minhag?