now available: a new edition of Vaani T’fillati, the Masorti Siddur!
A Message From Rabbi Alan Silverstein
I have seldom, if ever, written a message to colleagues that has given me greater pleasure than this one.
Over the last few years, Masorti leadership in Israel has worked to produce a new edition of Vaani T'fillati, the movement's own siddur. What they have produced is so special, it has already attracted and excited Israelis with no connection to Masorti.
Vaani T'fillati, Siddur Yisraeli, is beautifully designed. It includes commentary for those less familiar with the structure of t'filla, modern Israeli poetry and special brachot for events, such as making aliya or entering the IDF. What makes it even more special for many of us in the RA is that because of the generosity of family and friends, Vaani T'fillati is dedicated to the memory of Rabbi Albert Lewis, z"l, who for 60 years, served Temple Beth Shalom in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and served as RA President and a practical rabbinics faculty member at JTS.
Just before Vaani T'fillati was to be printed, it was shown to Yedioth Books, an affiliate of Yedioth Ahronoth and YNET, and the publisher (who I am told is himself Orthodox) fell in love with it. The result was an agreement whereby Yedioth Books became the official publisher of Vaani T'fillati and the siddur is now in bookstores throughout Israel and is widely available to the general public.
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I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…