Thursday, September 5, 2013

Rosh Hashanah For Gay Families

This is the first full day of Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year that began at sundown last night. Finally we have an LGBT inclusive prayer book for Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur. The year 5774 marks the celebration of the creation of the world & the human being. Rosh Hashanah begins a 10-day period of introspection & contemplation culminating in Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement. The contemporary text for Conservative congregations acknowledges LGBT relationships by making references to "partners", faltering faith, depression, loneliness & financial difficulties has been hailed as "an extraordinary event" by the Rabbinical Assembly the New York-based organization of Conservative rabbis that is behind its creation. Rabbi Jacob Luski of Congregation B'nai Israel stated that the new prayer book brings a sensitivity to "issues of the 21st century with its gender-neutral language & practical approach. Yom Kippur (which is a week from Saturday) is a fast day, yet some of us have medical issues. There is a prayer for those unable to fast. There is a prayer for caregivers. It's a sensitivity we've always had, but here there is a prayer just for that. There is a prayer for remembering a hurtful parent during the Yizkor, or memorial service, on Yom Kippur.” This is a great step forward in our quest for LGBT Equality.
L'shanah tovah ("for a good year") For Our LGBT Jewish Families! 
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