Got some free time on your hands? Looking for a worthy mitzvah project?
We're looking for people to help us with our plan to transliterate, translate and lay out a new siddur that is more accessible and user-friendly for all. We have a good start, and our very own teacher and CNS member Uri Alter has graciously given permission for us to use his beautiful translations as a start on the English. We hope to make it more navigable and less conspicious than those big white binders, but we need your help! We need all skill levels, from expert Hebrew speakers to those who are new to the siddur, as well as a few folks who might be familiar with book publishing and EPS files.
We plan to meet Wed 1/12/11 from 7-9 PM in the shul library and we'd love to see you there. If you have any questions, or if you want to attend (a headcount will be useful), could you please contact us at CNSsiddur@gmail.com.
Your Beloved Siddur Steering Committee:
Shifra and Stephen Pride Raffel, and Shoshana Anderson
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&…