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).
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”.