Binyamin Shlomo Hamburger

Binyamin Shlomo Hamburger is one of the more distinguished name-holders so far covered on these pages. He is a rabbi, author and historian, and an expert in the customs of Western European Jews. Rabbi Hamburger was born in Basel, Switzerland and now resides in Israel.

He is a highly respected historian in the Jewish community and is most famous (besides his name) for the four-volume series entitled Shorshei Minhagei Ashkenaz, The Roots of Ashkenaz Customs, which was not a New York Times bestseller in spite of its catchy title (perhaps because it was never published in English until a synopsis appeared in 2010).

This is one of the first images that pops up during a Google search for Rabbi Hamburger. I don't know what to make of it, besides suggest these folks should definitely make a Western.

Many critics have noted that these volumes are extraordinarily well researched and contain a treasure chest of information for scholars. Their sprawling length, though, may make it seem as if one is reading them in “Shlo-mo”.


About Arto

Co-founder of the Funny Names Blog, Hawaiian shirt enthusiast, and holder of a funny name himself with too many vowels for any sensible person. Currently residing in San Diego, California, scouring through obscure documents on a hunt for more funny names.
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