Last September, Mahzor Lev Shalem revolutionized Conservative High Holiday worship. The synagogues that used the Mahzor found their congregants more intensely involved in services, singing with greater vigor and staying longer than ever: the power of prayer was palpably felt in these synagogues.
A beautiful book to simply hold in one's hands, Mahzor Lev Shalem contains a totally new and accessible English translation, a running commentary explicating the history and meaning of the prayers, and alternative readings,prayers and kavannot.It is a prayer book that has entranced those new to Jewish prayer as well as those who are 'regulars'.Its innovative additions such as the "Prayers of Brokenness and Wholeness" before shofar blowing, a prayer for those who cannot fast and a yizkor memorial for a person remembering an abusive parent have drawn effusive praise from congregants and journalists.
A twenty something remarked to his rabbi, "The mahzor used to belong to my grandfather, now it belongs to me." Diane Cole, writing in the Wall Street Journal captured the special qualities of this volume, "Comprehensive and informative, traditional and contemporary, this full-hearted prayer book speaks eloquently to the mind and soul."It is a mahzor fulfilling the need of our times; your synagogue or Hillel or other davening group should not miss out on this opportunity to reinvigorate its prayer life.
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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&…