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Dear ASBI Members and Friends,

For sixty years, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayers at ASBI have used the machzorim edited by Rabbi Phillip Birnbaum. Although these books were state of the art when they were first published and have been sanctified by the prayers of three generations of worshippers, these machzorim now show their age. The layout and design, entirely the product of pre-digital publishing, obscures meaning that could be portrayed graphically. The translation reflects the aesthetic sensibilities of earlier generations and now appears stilted.  There is virtually no commentary that might help the novice or veteran worshipper find deeper meaning in the unfamiliar holiday prayers. And our own practice at ASBI requires us to flip back and forth in the machzorim repeatedly to work around omissions.

The ASBI Board of Directors decided last year to replace our aging Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur machzorim with the machzorim that were published just a few years ago by Koren Publishers in Jerusalem, featuring the translation and commentary of former British chief rabbi, Rabbi Dr. Lord Jonathan Sacks.  These machzorim assist the veteran worshipper and fluent Hebrew speaker to comprehend the unfamiliar and challenging holiday liturgy. They are also accessible and compelling to a first-time worshipper who may access our liturgy exclusively through the English translation.

The publisher is making these machzorim available to the shul at a significant discount. This is a special opportunity make an investment into the spiritual future of our congregation and it is my hope that just as the Birnbaum machzorim have served our shul well for sixty years, these new machzorim will be a tool for our prayers for years to come.

We are excited to bring the Koren Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to ASBI for the High Holidays 5777. The machzor is one of the clearest articulations of Jewish belief and one of the most powerful tools for Jewish spiritual life. The Koren machzor, with a translation and commentary by Rabbi Dr. Lord Jonathan Sacks, enables English-speaking worshippers to connect in new ways to one of Judaism's oldest books. The editorial choices of the Koren Publishing House make this machzor uniquely suited for a Religious Zionist and Modern Orthodox congregation.

We invite you to honor your friends and loved ones and to support the spiritual life of the shul by dedicating one or more machzorim sets, or making a donation towards the purchase of machzorim by completing the form at the bottom of this page.

Rabbi David Wolkenfeld

 

MAHZOR DEDICATION FORM


One Mahzorim set includes a Rosh Hashanah and a Yom Kippur Mahzor. The cost is $100 per set. Please select the number of Mahzorim sets you would like to donate:


Dedication Information

For multiple dedications, please email wording to shul@asbi.org.

Paper forms are also available in the shul lobby and can be returned to the shul office with a check made out to ASBI.

 

Fri, October 22 2021 16 Cheshvan 5782