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Reform Jews Revise Prayer Book for Southern Hemisphere

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(RNS) Two years after its long-awaited debut in North America, Reform Judaism’s new prayer book is heading south — with some cultural differences.
For Progressive Jews in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South Africa, the World Union edition of Mishkan T’filah has incorporated national anthems, local poetry, adjusted seasonal references and traditional rituals requested by the congregations.
More than two dozen Southern Hemisphere synagogues will begin using the prayer book next year, said officials from CCAR Press, the publishing arm of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Reform movement’s clergy organization.
Mishkan T’filah took three decades to develop, with input from hundreds of congregations, before its 2007 release. In contrast to its predecessor, published in 1975, the book includes gender-neutral language for God, phonetic Hebrew transliterations, references to Jewish matriarchs, and both traditional and contemporary interpretations of prayers.
“We are thrilled to be able to work with our friends in the Southern Hemisphere to create a siddur (prayer book) for them that meets their desires and needs,” said Rabbi Hara Parson, CCAR Press publisher and director.
By Nicole Neroulias
Copyright 2009 Religion News Service. All rights reserved. No part of this transmission may be distributed or reproduced without written permission.



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Todd B.

posted November 6, 2009 at 8:27 am


This sounds very creepy.



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jestrfyl

posted November 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm


Sounds cool. The wider Church in all its forms has not done well adjusting to a whole world attitude.



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pagansister

posted November 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm


A prayer book geared to the locations that will use it. Makes sense.



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memoire pc

posted November 6, 2009 at 11:31 pm


I believe, in the Southern Hemisphere, they are create a siddur (prayer book) for them that meets their desires and needs. It will be a scriptural and liturgical prayer book for each day.



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cknuck

posted November 7, 2009 at 1:21 am


I don’t understand “Reform Judaism’s” or “progressive Jews”



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