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Lot #    12766
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 1:27:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    The Union Prayer Book for Jewish Worship, P. 1
Title (Hebrew)    סדר תפלות ישראל
Author    [Liturgy - Reform]
City    Cincinnati
Publisher    Central Conference of American Rabbis
Publication Date    1918
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Part 1 of 2. [3], 406, [3 pastedowns] pp., 158:98 mm., nice margins, light age and use staining. A very good copy bound in the original cloth boards, split.
   Reform prayerbook for the Sabbath, volume 2 was published in 1922. The Union Prayer Book for Jewish Worship, Seder Tefilot Yisrael (first ed. 1894–95), represents the cumulative efforts of the American Reform movement to achieve a uniform rite that would meet the needs of diverse congregations throughout the nation. The remarkable durability of the prayer book in its various editions testifies to the success of those efforts. Each edition mirrors changes in theological views and reflects the vicissitudes of the Jewish community both in the U.S. and abroad. The second edition (1922), for example, shows an increased interest in ceremonial life which hitherto had been substantially eliminated. All of the varing rites and texts were incorporated in the most important Reform work of the century, The Union Prayer Book for Jewish Worship. Of particular importance in the compilation of The Union Prayer Book were the transitional works of Adolph Huebsch (e.g., his prayer book for Congregation Ahawath Chesed (1889) in New York, translated by A. Kohut) and Isaac S. Moses. Huebsch combined Holdheim's work with Wise's Minhag Amerikah; while Moses combined Seder Tefillah, Olat Tamid, and later, Huebsch's synthesis as well. The end of the 19th century witnessed the writing of many new vernacular compositions. Some from predominantly English formularies, beginning with Joseph Krauskopf's The Service Ritual (1888) and The Service Manual (1892), Gustav Gottheil's Morning Prayer (1889), and Kaufmann Kohler's Sabbath Eve Service (1891), found their way into the Union Prayer Book. After much weighing and harmonizing of texts, the result was an abbreviated and simplified liturgy with both languages kept in balance, interspersed with prayers and responses in the language of the country.
   Wachs 1014; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Reform:    Checked
Language:    English, Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica