Monday, May 12, 2008
Death Of Ashkenaz
הרב ר' יונתן שטייף זצ"ל
Viener Kehillah In Williamsburg Changes Nusach To Sefard!
After 67 years of Ashkenaz in the Hungarian/Oberlander style the Viener Kehillah has ceased to exist as we know it. The reason given is that the clientèle has changed now, and nobody there save for a few old men davens Ashkenaz anymore. ( I just wonder what the reaction would've been if this was a Lubavitcher Rov who came into an old Ashkenaz shul, brought in new people, and then changed the Nusach because the people there daven Nusach Ari....)
Ashkenazishe Yid writes:
Death Of Ashkenaz ???
Nope, just the death of Viener Ashkenaz in one part of Brooklyn (other Viener branches elsewhere are still davening Ashkenaz at this time). In a way it serves them right, they took a Chassidishe Rav, what do you expect, you think he would fight for nusach Ashkenaz ? This is not something that happened overnight, they have been building up to it for years, by kowtowing to and consorting and flirting with Chassidic elements. If they would have stood for what Vien used to stand for, it would be a big change, but the Oberlanders there have long been outnumbered there by Unterlanders. It's still a disgrace and they should be censured, but it's not the big earthquake you are making it out to be.Let them change their name to something else, maybe Viener Chassidus, but they don't deserve the name Khal Adas Yereim nor a claim of being the successor of the Schiffschul in Vienna anymore.
קהל חסידי וויען ד'וויליאמסבורג is the new kid on the block, goodbye קהל עדת יראים ד'וויליאמסבורג.