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January 26, 2015 / 6 Shevat, 5775
 
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US Soldiers Getting First New Siddur Since World War II

By: JTA

A prayer book developed for use by Jews in the U.S. military will be released this week, the first of its type published since World War II.

Reform, Orthodox and Conservative rabbis cooperated in creating the prayer book, which was commissioned by the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council.

The chaplains’ council, a program of the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America, which is holding its conference this week, received permission to reprint Hebrew and English texts from other prayer books in the new siddur.

“We had the ability to move freely through their prayer books, allowing us to create a book that each rabbi can use differently,” said retired Rear Adm. Rabbi Harold Robinson, director of the council. “Yet for each soldier, sailor or Marine, it will be the same, no matter where he or she is stationed.”

In recent years, Jewish chaplains and lay leaders leading services have used a variety of books, according to their personal preference, which meant that service personnel had to adapt to a new prayer book when moving to a  different base.

The book includes a foreword by President Obama.

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7 Responses to “US Soldiers Getting First New Siddur Since World War II”

  1. I think I have the old one memorized by now!

  2. Ben Bolt says:

    Great. A forward written by a man hell bent on the destruction of Israel.

  3. I agree, Ben Bolt. Just because he’s the current Commander-in-Chief. What a shame! I’ll keep the old siddur, thank you.

  4. I have my late Father’s from the 2nd World War

  5. Wonder why it took so long???

  6. Ken Man says:

    A forward by Obummer the one man leading the charge for the weakening of Israel and the forcing of shonky peace talks with Arabs of genocidal intent and the release of Arab terror murderers while they release NON of their own, that’s creepy

  7. I have an AF one. Very small. Hard to read…

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