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A PRECIOUS LEGACY--A SERVICE OF MEMORY AND REDEMPTION         (Summary: 2081)
HAUSMAN-WEISS, RABBI SCOTT

This is a service written for Yom Kippur Afternoon, entitled, “A Precious Legacy; A Service of Memory and Redemption.”  The service was inspired by the rededication of the Czech Holocaust Torah that had been donated to Temple Emanu-El over 15 years earlier, but was only very recently refurbished for use in our services.  With that as a backdrop, “A Precious Legacy,” responds to two questions: What does the Holocaust mean to us today, in the 21st century? and What can we learn from the ways in which the Jewish people have responded to the Holocaust to apply to the tragedies of our lives as well?

Based on a 4-part structure that moves from Sacred Silence to Sacred Anger to Sacred Storytelling to Sacred Rededication, it seeks to reframe the Holocaust as well as personal, tragic loss, in a life-affirming context.  With the help of Yiddish and Hebrew music, as well as cited texts from Nightwords (from CLAL) and Megillat HaShoah (from the RA and the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies), the text sought to inspire and teach the congregation of the varied and sometimes seemingly heretical ways in which Judaism teaches us to respond to life’s worst moments.

The response from the congregation was overwhelming.  The impact of the service for many brought the meaning of the day to the very center of their attention.  Both personally and professionally, the process of the service creation as well as the service itself affirmed for me the necessary parts of a meaningful liturgy – one in which storytelling is at the center, music is nostalgic as well as jarring, and the congregation is fully invited to participate in the journey. 

RESOURCES: A Precious Legacy--The Service


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