L'chu N'ran'nah . . . Let Us Sing! Blessings before and after the Meal,
Z'mirot and songs for Shabbat, festivals,
and other occasions -- an egalitarian traditional bencher
with an alternative edge . . . Edited by Barry Dov Walfish,
Mark Frydenberg, and Aviva Richman
L'chu N'ran'nah is an egalitarian traditional bencher with an alternative edge: It is true to traditional Hebrew texts but ready to adjust language when necessary to address the diversity of contemporary Jewish life in matters of gender and belief. The book is fully egalitarian, with a gender-neutral translation and equal ritual status for men and women. It is rich in explanations, insightful commentary, and inclusive liturgical alternatives for celebration, thanks, and prayer.
What makes this bencher special?
It is easy to use and fully-transliterated. The book features an attractive three-column format with parallel transliteration, Hebrew text, and English translations to enable everyone to participate and engage with the words they are singing or reciting.
It is fully egalitarian and inclusive. Women and men have equal status in all aspects of the liturgy, including invocations, family blessings, recalling our ancestors (including the matriarchs), wedding blessings, and blessings for newborn daughters and bat mitzvah girls.
It provides alternatives. There are several benching options: full traditional, abbreviated traditional, and contemporary. Within the text, alternatives to the traditional text are indicated in square brackets.
It has a contemporary, faithful, gender-neutral translation. This bencher uses gender-neutral translations when translating masculine Hebrew pronouns, God's name, or pronouns referring to God.
It is scholarly. An attempt is made to produce as accurate a Hebrew text as possible, even if this means deviating occasionally from the standard Hebrew text found in most benchers. Explanatory notes point to biblical and rabbinic sources and explain difficult passages.
What's inside? L'chu N'ran'nah! contains several versions of Birkat HaMazon, a traditional set of Shabbat z'mirot, and an extensive selection of "short" songs. It is 160 p. in length.
For a complete table of contents
and sample pages, see http://www.birkat.org.
"Birkat HaMazon/Blessings after the Meal" -- a 28-page booklet containing the complete and abbreviated traditional forms of Birkat HaMazon, and Sheva B'rachot for weddings.
Barry Dov Walfish is a Judaica Librarian and scholar of Medieval Biblical Exegesis and Karaism. He is the author or editor of numerous articles and books in these and other areas of Jewish Studies. He is a longtime havurahnik and one of the editors of Siddur Chaveirim kol Yisraeil (Hoboken, N.J., 2000).
Mark Frydenberg is a past chair of the National Havurah Committee, a creative liturgist, and the main editor of Siddur Chaveirim kol Yisraeil (Hoboken, N.J., 2000).
Aviva Richman is a Jewish educator who has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Drisha Scholarsí Circle and Yeshivat Hadar. She is a lifetime participant in the havurah movement.
"At once thoughtful and scholarly, informative and open-minded, poetic and accessible. An emblem of Judaism as the havurah movement has sought to present it."
Rector of the Rabbinical School, Hebrew College, Newton, MA
"This easy-to-read bencher contains lovely nongendered translations of the Hebrew, excellent explanations of many of the prayers, and alternatives to the traditional liturgy that will be inviting to many kinds of families." Judith Plaskow
Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College and author of Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective
(San Francisco, 1991)
"This new 'bencher' is a model product of Havurah Judaism: lovely in appearance, clear but eloquent in language, true to the traditional texts but ready to depart from them when appropriate, rich with alternative models for celebration, thanks, and prayer. For those familiar with Shabbat and holiday customs, this book will offer a wonderful combination of beauty and completeness. For those who wish to learn, this book will offer hours and hours of pleasure and growth."
Professor of History and Judaic Studies at Stony Brook University,
Stony Brook , New York
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