Louis Ginzberg

Louis Ginzberg

Rabbi Louis Ginzberg (Hebrew: לוי גינצבורג‎, Levy Gintzburg) was a Talmudist and leading figure in the Conservative Movement of Judaism of the twentieth century. He was born on November 28, 1873, in Kaunas, Vilna Governorate (then called Kovno). Ginzberg was born into a religious family whose piety and erudition was well known. The family traced its lineage back to the revered talmudist, halachist, and kabbalist Gaon of Vilna. Ginzberg emulated the Vilna Gaon’s intermingling of ‘academic knowledge’ in Torah studies under the label ‘historical Judaism’. In his book Students, Scholars and Saints, Ginzberg quotes the Vilna Gaon instructing, “Do not regard the views of the Shulchan Aruch as binding if you think that they are not in agreement with those of the Talmud.” Ginzberg first arrived in America in 1899, unsure where he belonged or what he should pursue. Almost immediately, he accepted a position at Hebrew Union College and subsequently wrote articles for the Jewish Encyclopedia. In 1903, he began teaching at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) in New York City, where he taught until his death. He died on November 11, 1953, in New York City. (via his article in wikipedia).


אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם (אשכנז)‏ | Adōn Olam (United Synagogue of America, 1927)

Contributed on: כ״ח באדר ה׳תשפ״א (2021-03-12) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Maurice Farbridge | Louis Ginzberg | Jacob Kohn |

The cosmological piyyut, Adon Olam, in its Ashkenazi variation in Hebrew with an English translation. . . .

מחזור לשלוש רגלים (אשכנז)‏ | Maḥzor l’Shalosh Regalim: Festival Prayer Book, arranged and translated by the United Synagogue of America (1927)

Contributed on: כ״א באלול ה׳תשע״ט (2019-09-20) by Aharon N. Varady (digital imaging and document preparation) | Maurice Farbridge | Jacob Kohn | Louis Ginzberg | United Synagogue of America |

The United Synagogue of America (now knows as the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism) compiled this Hebrew-English maḥzor for the three regalim (pilgrimage festivals: Pesaḥ, Shavuot, and Sukkot with Shmini Atseret.) Rabbi Dr. Louis Ginzburg was among the editors and writers who helped to compile the maḥzor. . . .

תְּפִלָּה בְּעַד הַמֶּמְשָׁלָה | Prayer for the Government, by Rabbi Dr. Louis Ginzberg (1927)

Contributed on: כ״ח באב ה׳תש״ע (2010-08-07) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tim Bernard (translation) | Louis Ginzberg |

The prayer for the government familiar to all Conservative movement congregations, as written by Rabbi Dr. Louis Ginzberg with an English translation by Rabbi Tim Bernard. . . .

יִגְדַּל (אשכנז)‏ | Yigdal, by Daniel ben Yehudah (trans. United Synagogue of America, 1927)

Contributed on: כ״ח באדר ה׳תשפ״א (2021-03-12) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Maurice Farbridge | Louis Ginzberg | Jacob Kohn | Daniel ben Yehudah Dayyan |

The philosophical-creed-as-piyyut, Yigdal, in Hebrew with an English translation. . . .