Rabbis’ High Holiday Message: A User’s Guide to Our New Prayerbook

Dear RTPV Community,

Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, we are excited to be debuting our new Machzor (High Holiday prayerbook), Mishkan HaNefesh /“Sanctuary of the Soul”We think you will enjoy this fully transliterated, inclusive, egalitarian, prayer experience.

Here are some features of the prayerbook that you can look forward to:

two-page spreads: much of the book features a right-side page with more traditional/literal translations of prayers and a facing page that features a more creative and contemporary theological approach to the translation.

special texts: on blue tinted pages you will find historical and literary information, silent meditations and other background information to peruse as you wish.

new approaches to some services:  The Yizkor, Avodah and Eileh Ezkarah services  on Yom Kippur afternoon have been rewritten to incorporate more contemporary Jewish concerns.

It is our hope that in using this Machzor you will find a new resonance in the words of the High Holiday services and that the meaning and experience of gathering together to celebrate these holy days will be enhanced for everyone.

This from the song Start Fresh by Judith-Kate Friedman in the opening pages of Mishkan HaNefesh:

That we may start fresh

That we may come clear

That we may know sweetness and peace

Throughout the year

That we may find love

Where we need it most

And open our hearts and hands

And draw each other close

With blessings that the New Year ahead be one of health and joy for you and your family.

Rabbis Laurie Levy and Steve Altarescu