This Memorial Day, a new prayer book for Jewish soldiers and sailors

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"Siddur: Prayer Book for Jewish Personnel in the Armed Forces of the United States" book cover. Photo courtesy of JCC Association

"Siddur: Prayer Book for Jewish Personnel in the Armed Forces of the United States" book cover. Photo courtesy of JCC Association

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(RNS) The military's 29 Jewish chaplains have often preferred their particular tradition's prayer book to any other's. The new prayer book attempts to remedy that.

  • Mike

    There is a big difference between orthodox and reformed Judaism. As an orthodox Jew I would not feel comfortable praying the same prayers a reformed person could pray. We see the world and God in very different ways.

  • Mike

    I’d rather see people practice at their legal obligations to Jewish law rather than worrying about the secular state of Israel.

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  • David R. Grate

    It would have been nice to have this for my Memorial Day message and Torah teaching.

  • David R. Grate

    According to the article, there are more intricate prayers for Orthodox, while standard prayers for Reform. I will wait to pass judgment until (if) I receive the book.

  • Erik

    As a Rabbinical Student, a veteran, and an aspiring Navy Chaplain, I’m really excited about this. The flexibility this seems to present will be an amazing tool in the field and in garrison. The key here is that a typical military service will have Jews from Orthodox to Reform to not much background and all points in between. This siddur won’t be perfect for everyone, but it will hopefully be sufficient for everyone. I’ve got mine on order and I can’t wait to see what’s in it!