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Why do yekkes say Shir Mizmor Le'Osof each morning?

In the siddur Sefas Yisroel from OpenSiddur it is written: שיר מזמור לאסף has been recited since the end of the Geonic period - a few hundred years before the introduction of the שיר של יום. Its ...
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Western Ashkenazi Siddur?

The Siddur used by most German communities nowadays is the Sfas Emes Siddur published by Victor Goldschmidt Publishing. However, even at its first publication in 1799, the nusach had been changed to ...
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A piyut refers to the converts: Keni, Na'aman, Ovadiah, Rachav, Na'amah and Ruth. How come?

1) Keni was one of Yisro's names. (See Rashi who brings the Mechilta about his many names and Rashi further mentions there that he converted; Shmos 18:1) He is famous for exclaiming that now he knows ...
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Waving the lulav during all first four verses of Psalm 118

It happens to be that I personally have never observed the custom you are describing. Nevertheless, I was able to find a source. The Beit Yosef (OC 651) cites that this practice was defended by Tosfot ...
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Yekke Jew customs

Note: most of this answer is based on content on the KAYJ web forum, however some is based on my growing up in a Jeckisch family. Note further that unlike most of my answers, I am transliterating ...
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Touching the tefillin during Ashrei

In Tefiloh Sefas Yisroel 1 Shacharit, note 63 on פּוֹתֵ֥חַ אֶת־יָדֶ֑ךָ it says “The ancient מנהג of touching and kissing the תפילין during, ”פּוֹתֵ֥חַ אֶת־יָדֶ֑ךָ...“, is cited by רב משה מאינץ”. ...
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Why do Yekkes follow Beis Shammai?

The Rosh says two answers: ור״י חילק משוס למזיגה היא בחמין צריך דקדוק גדול שלא יתסר ושלא יותיר ואיכא היסת הדעת טפי. ור"ת ירץ דהתם מיירי בחול ואם יתול ידיו תתלה לפעמים יתעסק בשאר צרכים ולא יאכל אלתר ...
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Yekke Tallit Gadol

I'm a Jekke, so I think I can answer this from communal experience. Most Jekkes now use black-striped tallisaus during the year (only married men wear white stripes, and only then during Yomim Noroim)....
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Should I remain silent during kedusha (if it's my minhag) in a kehila which doesn't?

The Misha Berura may your question (SA 125:1:1). "ש"ע- אין הציבור אומרים עם הש"ץ "נקדש מ"ב- הטעם דניתקן שש"ץ יאמרנו בשביל הקהל ויהיה שלוחם וכשגם הצבור אומרים אותו איך יקרא הש"ץ שלוחם... כי על ...
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Are there any Yekkish wedding customs specifically?

According to an ancient tradition attributed to Maseches Soferim and explicated in the works of the Ge’onim, Rishonim, and Acharonim, the wedding is divided into two chuppah (marriage canopy) ...
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Do people still celebrate "Frankfurt Purim"?

This link is of a Chazan in Khal Adas Yeshurun Jerusalem singing a Birchas Nisim in honor of Purim Frankfurt. This is from 5767/2007.
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Do people still celebrate "Frankfurt Purim"?

An old frankfurter once told me that the only vestige of Purim Frankfurt during his youth in the prewar period was the would sing Adon Olom to the military band tune which accompanied vinz to the ...
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National Character affecting its Jewish Community

Rabbi Hamburger quotes the source as: Michtav Mei'Eliyahu, vol. IV, Yerushalayim 5745, pp. 129-30 He also goes on to quote Reb Yehuda HaChassid: Sefer Chassidim (siman #1101), `In most places,...
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What learning style do Yekkes have?

In this blog from Treasures of Ashkenaz, the author brings a quote from a book from R' Lorch describing R' Josef Breuer's derech halimud: “Rav Breuer followed the derech halimud of his father, Rav ...
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What learning style do Yekkes have?

The Shamshon Raphael Hirsch Yeshiva known as Breuer's learns in the classic Lithuanian yeshiva model, IE. Not in the Scholarly "Chochmat Yisrael" method that was taught in the Hildesheimer Seminary (...
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How "modern" is K.A.J?

Most would tell you that it's not really "modern" at this point in that sense. The current official line is that Rabbi Hirsch was great enough to decide what amount of cultural integration was right ...
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French Minhagim

If you look in the Goldschmidt Machzorim (for Rosh Hashanah, here, for Yom Kippur, here, and for Sukkos/Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah, here) you will see plenty of differences regarding the piyutim ...
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Jekkisch Käppchen (kaepchen)

The address for buying a white kaepchen in EY is: דינר, שמשון רפאל. נתיבות המשפט 44, מודיעין עילית 7182822 Telephone number 08-9742786
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Judenstern (Jeckische Shabbat lamp)

I have one original for sale. Can be contacted at +1-650-417-8552
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Are there any Yekkish wedding customs specifically?

There is no set location for the chuppah. Originally it was held in the home, but as the communities grew it was held outdoors in the synagogue courtyard. After the Emancipation, there were those who ...
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Are there any Yekkish wedding customs specifically?

The bride covers her face on the day of the chuppah for modesty purposes and in order to avoid the evil eye. Since there is no badeken (veil covering ceremony) as a substitute for the Chuppas Main, ...
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Are there any Yekkish wedding customs specifically?

On the morning of the wedding, the groom is seated in a distinguished location in synagogue during Shacharis, and candles are lit in his honor. He leaves the synagogue before Tachanun and returns ...
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Germanic populations in Talmudic and other rabbinic texts?

Jastrow writes that "Germamia of Edom" means the Roman province of Germania (Germany) (Edom=Rome). Abarbanel on Zecharyah 2:3 writes: "...ולפי דרכם זה אפשר לפרש הארבע קרנות כולם על ...
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Is there a minhag amongst some to wear a kittel on Rosh HaShanah?

Charnobyl dynasty followers wears kitel on Rosh HaShanah, it is their minchag.
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Chabad kuntres "Toras Ashkenaz"

The Title says that it is יוצא לאור ע"י תלמידים השלוחים דישיבת תות"ל פפד"ם In short, this is a book of Haoros and Pilpulim written by the student-emissaries (students of Brunoy that were sent to ...
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What is כף הכינוי?

This is the suffixed ך used to indicate a second-person direct object or possessor. Thus it's a כף (the letter of the alphabet) of כינוי (i.e. referring to someone or something).
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Distinction between tsere and segol in Yekkish pronunciation?

While a lack of sources is unideal, as one of the resident Jekkes, I feel confident that I can provide an answer. The long and short of it is that it depends on the Jekke. If you listen to recordings ...
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Pesukim Before Kaddish Tiskabal

These pesukim are said before all קדישים, however, as most older siddurim (such as most Rödelheim editions) usually indicated which קדיש is said, rather than printing it, there are only a couple of ...
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Germanic populations in Talmudic and other rabbinic texts?

Some more sources: The Mishna (Nega'im 2:1) records that "in a German, the Bright Spot appears as dull white, and in an Ethiopian what is dull white appears as bright white." The German ...
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Sargenes vs. Kittel

This question was asked at kayj.net. The answer was: The original sargenes is similar to the tachrichim, closed from the front and from behind, and is put on over the head
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