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Machzor Lev Shalem

August  2013

Dear Friend:

In describing the purpose of the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur holidays to his disciples, a Hasidic rabbi offered that the goal of these “Days of Awe” was in the achieving of “frishkeit” – of “freshness” and “newness” for our personal and communal lives.  If this is so, and we believe that it is, we could do no better than the new Machzor – the new High Holiday prayer book called the “Lev Shalem” that we will be introducing at services this year.

The new Machzor is welcoming.  It is striking in its presentation and layout, with commentaries on the text, explanations of the prayers and traditional and modern insights that explicate the grand themes of the holidays.  The translation is new and the important prayers are transliterated so that even the uninitiated can participate in the service.  It offers stories, meditations, and poems and a translation that is contemporary without compromising the tradition of the service.

All told, the new Machzor is in many respects and anthology of the best of Jewish faith and belief as it has been expressed in prayer over our thousands year history.  It illustrates the breadth of Jewish tradition; one that embraces the past and looks to the future, allowing each generation to speak to each other through study and prayer. To paraphrase the comment of Abraham Isaac Kook, the first chief rabbi of Israel, the Machzor enables us to “review the old as we consecrate the new.”

We are happy to offer you the opportunity to dedicate a copy of this prayer book in honor or in memory of a loved one or someone special in your life.  The cost of the dedication this year, is $72 per copy. If you dedicate 10 copies, the synagogue will provide you with a copy of this Machzor for your own, home library.  Click on the “Pay Now” PayPal button below to dedicate Machzorrim.

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Sample pages:

Kol Nidrei – Download the text of Kol Nidrei, which has been excerpted from the Mahzor.

Tashlikh — This one-page excerpt from the Mahzor contains various texts and kavanot for Tashlikh. Download the Tashlikh Excerpt

Kiddush Hashanah — In the first millennium, many prayers were written for the evening of the New Year, but over time they fell out of favor. This new section, dedicating the new year, addresses a felt need to reflect on the year that is beginning: to celebrate the world that God has given us, consider our human vulnerability and fallibility and devote ourselves to those matters that we know should have prominence in our lives. Download Kiddush Hashanah

Please review these items and respond as promptly and as generously as you are able.

Best wishes to you and yours for a Happy and Healthy New Year.


David Gaffney                                                                     Gail S. Berman
Rabbi                                                                                       Chair, Machzor Committee