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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(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditorfor Landingham & Kaepernick, our angels in the wings
Sometimes, it isn't about nuance. Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm, calling God out, standing at the center of a whirlwind holding your ground.
No cathedral is immune to agony, no soul impervious to life itself
no nation purely noble. If it were any other way, there would be no need for cathedrals in the first place.
To kneel is to submit
to lower oneself
to step down
To kneel is to call attention
to touch the Earth's face
to listen to those
whose blood saturates
the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside
to step outside
to invite others to come closer
To kneel is not to stand
not to stand
not to stand idly by. Speak your truth, God damn it.