About

Goldstein Press is a niche publisher of practical and beautiful authentic minhag Ashkenaz resources.

Our mission is to make authentic minhag Ashkenaz accessible and more widely practiced by those with Jecke heritage.

About minhag Ashkenaz

Minhag Ashkenaz defines the practices of our ancestors in central Europe as practiced centuries ago.

Most “Ashkenaz” sidurim published today reflect the later nusaḥ Polin (Polish nusaḥ) with many additions and changes, often of Sefardi origin.

As Rabbi Binyamin Shlomo Hamburger, founder of the founder of the Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz (Institute of German Jewish Heritage):

The Nusach Ashkenaz siddurim of today are not authentic Minhag Ashkenaz texts at all. They are based on an Ashkenazic version with additions and changes adopted in later years in eastern Europe, just as Nusach Sepharad is based on a Sephardic version with many changes. A Sephardic Jew would not pray from an eastern European Nusach Sepharad siddur; similarly, an Ashkenazic Jew who wishes to follow the tradition of his ancestors will not find what he is looking for in the standard Nusach Ashkenaz siddur. The time has come to print a siddur suitable for those who wish to pray according to the authentic text of ancient Minhag Ashkenaz.

Rabbi Binyamin Shlomo Hamburger in Guide to Minhag Ashkenaz
(translated by Rabbi Reuven Poupko)

Our mission is to make authentic minhag Ashkenaz accessible and more widely practiced by those with Jecke heritage.

The work of the Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz (Institute of German Jewish Heritage) is our source for authentic minhag Ashkenaz.

Let us know if you find a mistake in our resources, let us know and we’ll fix it.

About our publications

Copyright

All our work is copyright and can only be reused with our prior permission.

Although much of our content was sourced from open sources (see below) we invested significant time and effort organising content, translating instructions, typesetting and layout, and in designing the publications.

Anyone wishing to replicate our work can source the text from the same sources we used and have listed below.

Source texts

Our source text is based on open sources:

  • Ritual text was sourced from Tefiloh Sefas Yisroel, an open nusaḥ Ashkenaz siddur published by Rabbi Rallis Wiesenthal, dedicated to the memory of the Bad Homburg Jewish community. Tefiloh Sefas Yisroel is available from Open Siddur Project.
  • Additional Tanaḥ text was sourced from Mechon Mamre and Sefaria.
  • Zemiros were sourced from the Zemirot Database.

We have also relied on invaluable advice and extensive research from Rabbi Binyamin Shlomo Hamburger and Rabbi Rallis Wiesenthal, resulting in further changes and corrections to the text and instructions.

Typefaces

Liturgical text and Hebrew instructions and references in our publications are typeset in the Koren Siddur and Koren Tanakh typefaces, © Koren Publishers, Jerusalem Ltd. digitized by Masterfont Ltd.

English instructions and headings are typeset in Alegreya.