Breaking From Tradition

02/10/2016 - 08:53
Staff Writer

‘Siddur Lev Shalem” breaks new ground in a number of areas, such as offering a new prayer for those who are unable to recite mourners’ Kaddish due to the lack of a minyan, and writing a blessing to be recited by those called to the Torah for an aliyah to celebrate a joyous occasion. There are also two pages of meditations that ask for direction that are recited before the open ark to supplement the time reserved for personal prayer.

Conservative Prayer Book Charting Fresh Course

For middle movement hoping to move the needle, new siddur and rebranding effort aim to reflect change.

02/10/2016 - 08:48
Staff Writer

At a time when many Jews are seeking new ways to express their spirituality, the Conservative movement has published a new siddur for Shabbat and festivals that offers fresh insights into the traditional text, revised Hebrew transliterations and revisions to make it both egalitarian and LGBT friendly.

Rabbi Jan Uhrbach: “Multiple entry points” for “full range of users.”

Apps for Torah Study & Grace After Meals

As the Apple iPhone has become even more popular and an increasing number of Apple fans have picked up the iPad, there has been a wave of new applications created for these devices. Some are good and useful, while others... well, let's just say I'm not going to take the time to write a bad review.

Rabbi Eli Garfinkel, now calling himself "The App-ter Rebbe," has announced the publication of a new commentary on the Torah for Apple’s iOS devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Torah Commentary On the Go

The Virtual Minyan Revisited

It was 1998 and I was in my first semester of rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary. My Talmud professor, Rabbi Avram Israel Reisner, approached me after class one day to discuss a project he was working on. As a member of the Conservative Movement's Law Committee, he was examining the acceptability of a virtual minyan (prayer quorum).

Can Virtual Prayer Communities Work?

Siddur It Yourself: BBYO's Build a Prayer Site

When it comes to Jewish prayer, there are two schools of thought: keva and kavannah. Keva means "rote" and refers to the fixed prayers that are set forth in the siddur (Jewish prayer book), while kavvanah is the free and spontaneous inner devotion of the individual.

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