Our Institute is
utilizing all these resources in the extensive research of the German
customs and the lives of Torah scholars in the various German
communities, as a part of its work for compiling of comprehensive
encyclopedias and publishing of the multivolume series of "Roots of
the German Tradition." In addition to the intensive research work
of our Institute, which has succeeded in publishing several
significant scholarly works, it is continuously active in the
founding of community centers and synagogues where German lifestyle
and adherence to their distinctive traditions will continue to be
practiced throughout Israel and the rest of the world.
traditional works of Ashkenazi customs.
Minhagei Ashkenaz", a study of Ashkenazi customs. This project
includes collecting, sorting, and setting down all Ashkenazi
customs. The development of the German minhag is traced, as is the
emergence of divergent minhagim in other areas of jewish world. The
information is arranged in order, with authoritative commentary
provided, establishing the halachic basis of each custom.
Presently, the fifth volume of this series is being prepared for
Guides to the
customs of individual Ashkenazi communities are being published,
with source notations and commentary. Also planned is a companion
Minhag Handbook for everyday use.
The Machon intends
to publish 'The Yiddish Minhag Guide'. Written four hundred years
ago in Jewish-Deutsch by German Jews who had emigrated to northern
Italy, this work was the faithful companion of several generations
of Ashkenazi Jews. A modern edition will include a full
translation, source notations, commentary, and facsimiles of the
woodcut illustrations from the original printings.
The Ashkenaz Pesach
Companion will collect, from hundreds of different sources, all the
Ashkenazi customs of Pesach and include The German Jew's Haggadah.