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Reconstructionist Rosh HaShanah Machzor

Reconstructionist Rosh HaShanah Machzor

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KOL AMI,the Northern VirginiaReconstructionistCommunityMachzor
 
 
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13 Principles of ReconstructionismWhat We Should Want From Our Judaism
 
1. We want Judaism to help us overcome temptation, doubt and discouragement.2. We want Judaism to imbue us with a sense of responsibility for the righteous use of the blessing with which God has endowed us.3. We want the Jew to be so trusted that our “yea” will be taken as a “yea” and our “nay”as “nay.”4. We want to learn how to utilize our leisure to best advantage physically, intellectuallyand spiritually.5. We want the Jewish home to live up to its traditional standards of virtue and piety.6. We want the Jewish upbringing of our children to further their moral and spiritualgrowth, and to enable them to accept with joy their heritage as Jews.7. We want the Synagogue to enable us to worship God in sincerity and in truth.8. We want our religious traditions to be interpreted in terms of understandableexperience and to be made relevant to our present day needs.9. We want to participate in the upbringing of Eretz Yisrael as a means to therenaissance of the Jewish spirit.10. We want Judaism to find rich new expression in philosophy, in letters and in the arts.11. We want all forms of Jewish organization to make for spiritual purpose and ethicalendeavor.12. We want the unity of Israel throughout the world to be fostered through mutual help intime of need, and through cooperation in the furtherance of Judaism at all times.13. We want Judaism to function as an influence for justice, freedom and peace in thelives of men and women of all nations.
Mordecai M. Kaplan
 
Erev Rosh Hashanah
This night as the New Year beginsWe come together as a communityYet each of us is strangely solitary.Each of us comes here with special hopes and dreams,Each of us bears our own worries and concerns.Each of us has a story no one else can tell;Each of us brings praise no one else can offer.Each of us feels joy no one else can share;Each of us has regrets that others cannot know.And so, at this sacred time, we pray:If we are weary, may we find strength;If we are discouraged, may we find hope.If we have forgotten how to share, may we teach each other and learn together.If we have been careless with one another, may we seek forgiveness.If our hearts have been chilled by indifference,May we be warmed by renewed purpose, inspired by the light of this holy night.
Sidney Greenberg (Adapted)
the first streak of orangearrives on top of the pinesreflects on the lakemirrored blue, black, stilla soft cool breeze wakes meto the endless possibilitiesIt’s a new day.It always has been.
Herb Cooper-Levy

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