Religion: Reform Rites

When America's liberal Reform Jews last revised their prayer book in 1940, the Nazi Holocaust had barely begun and the nation of Israel was only a dream—a dream opposed by many Reform Jews at that. Both realities are vigorously acknowledged. in the 799-page Gates of Prayer: The New Union Prayerbook, described as the first wholesale revision of Reform liturgy in 80 years (the 1940 version made only modest changes). One new service, "In Remembrance of Jewish Suffering," calls on the rabbi to say: "Exile and oppression, expulsion and ghettos, pogroms and death camps:...

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