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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