By Rabbi Dovid Roth
This sefer describes the meaning of piyutim recited by many Western Ashkenazic (German and Dutch) communities in pre-War Europe, and still maintained in a few communities today. Each piyut is elucidated by insights and explanations of the meaning of the piyut.
The piyutim recited for each Shabbos are clearly defined and integrated with the appropriate tefillos, eliminating the need to flip back and forth between siddur and piyutim sefer.
It is hoped that this sefer will enhance the davener's understanding of the beauty and depth of these piyutim, many of which have fallen by the wayside as people have not understood what they represent. Since minhagim vary among communities, we have maintained full compatibility with virtually all Western Ashkenaz minhagim, with a special focus on K’hal Adath Jeshurun of Washington Heights.
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