The Mogen Ovos Mode: a Study in Folklore

Singing the prayer magen avot, the abbreviated repetition of Sabbath-eve amidah, is an old tradition which "goes back to the third century." Jewish communities in different parts of the world share the same mode for the prayer, though each community has its own variant. This mode, which, to Idelsohn, is the deepest expression of the Jewish soul, is based on an "original melodic line of Jewish folk song" and is also the foundation of various synagogue melodies (e.g. Leoni's yigdal).

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Articles in Journals

Schire Beth Adonai

Three volume collection of synagogue compositions: The first two volumes are liturgical choral compositions. The third volume, titled Schire Schelomo, contains chants and settings composed by Hirsch Weintraub's father, Salomon Weintraub (Kashtan).

The first edition, under the same name, which did not include "Schire Schlomo", was published in Koenigsberg in 1865.

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Making Judaism meaningful: ambivalence and tradition in a Havurah community

This study focuses on the processes by which members of the Dutchville minyan consruct meaningful Judaism out of their ambivalence towards tradition, exploring their worship practices, celebrations, history and conflicts.
Originally presented as the author’s thesis (Ph.D.)-- University of Pennsylvania, 1982.
The author is also known under the name Lenore Eve Weissler.

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