New JTA piece by me: wave of new machzorim, updates on new Reform machzor

We had two new machzorim last year. This year, we’ve got another new one, a revised edition of another and drafts circulating of another major upcoming release. JTA has the full story, written by your favorite blogger:

New Jewish prayer books typically come in waves, the rarest of which bring new High Holidays prayer books, or machzors.

The current wave has seen five new machzorim in a one-year span. Following on the heels of last year’s release of the official Conservative machzor and a popular chavurah machzor are the first Hebrew-English machzor from the Israeli publisher Koren, a revision to Hillel’s “On Wings of Awe” and pilot tests of services from the forthcoming Reform machzor.

The Conservative movement’s “Mahzor Lev Shalem” was a surprise hit — insofar as a prayer book can be such a thing — selling more than 120,000 copies. More congregations are expected to adopt it for the High Holidays this year.

The chavurah “Machzor Eit Ratzon” from Joseph Rosenstein, a math professor at Rutgers University and a founding member of the Highland Park Minyan in Highland Park, N.J., is a companion to his “Siddur Eit Ratzon.” Though “Machzor Eit Ratzon” is not in use on the same scale as “Lev Shalem,” it merits inclusion here as a popular new independently published machzor.

Check out the rest of the article at JTA. There’s some news on the new Reform maczhor drafts in the article, but my interview with Rabbi Hara Person from CCAR Press was a lot more extensive than what I had space for in the article, so I’ll have more from the interview for y’all soon.

I also did a little sidebar that goes with the piece, a roundup of the year in liturgy.

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4 Responses to New JTA piece by me: wave of new machzorim, updates on new Reform machzor

  1. Simcha Daniel Burstyn September 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    I love seeing South Orange, NJ on the dateline!

    • David A.M. Wilensky September 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

      Yeah, I’ve always been puzzled by the use of datelines for stories that are not place-specific.

  2. anitasilvert September 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    Hi David. I love the Eit Ratzon machzor, and of course, the regular prayer book too. Encountered first time at Limmud NY, and brought one home for me, and one for my friend. JCC Chicago bought a whole mess of ’em for the regular Shabbat services at the Great Lakes Naval Recruit Center north of Chicago, where I occasionally lead t’fila. Happy New Year…

    • David A.M. Wilensky September 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      Yeah, LNY seems to be Joe’s best sales event of the year.

      Shanah tovah to you to