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Modernized Jewish Prayer Book Includes Kaddish For Dead Gay Partners

God is no longer “awesome” — he is “awe-inspiring.” That’s according to the Hebrew speakers behind Lev Shalem, the new prayer book (or mahzor, for those in the know) for conservative Jews during the High Holy Days, which span Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. It’s “the Conservative movement’s first updating in nearly 40 years,” the Times says, and is so modern and hip it even takes you queers into account.

The mourner’s kaddish for the service on Yom Kippur (the day of atonement for observant Jews), where deceased relatives are remembered, now includes a prayer for dead “partners,” a pleasantly ambiguous term for same-sex loved ones who have passed. (There’s also a prayer for “a parent who was hurtful,” so you can remember your asshole of an absentee father.)

Sadly, the rabbis overseeing this project have not truly modernized the text: Your 3-D glasses will not, I have learned, make the Hebrew pop.

By:          Ryan Tedder
On:           Sep 17, 2010
    • CaseyS

      Good for them.

      ‘God’ remains an entirely fictional character of course. That does not change.

      I’d rather worship Cher.

      Sep 17, 2010 at 11:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tallskin2

      Pfff, skypixie bollocks! Who gives a f*ck??

      I personally worship the great sphagetti monster, far tastier an entity!

      Sep 17, 2010 at 11:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • adam

      @tallskin2: It’s the flying spaghetti monster, you blasphemer.

      Sep 17, 2010 at 11:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Skyler

      Yay! It’s too bad that [theoretically] half of conservative Jews aren’t as liberal. Each individual synagogue chooses its position in America, sadly, it’s entirely against in Europe and Israel.

      Sep 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      Sep 18, 2010 at 3:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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