HaSimcha SheBaLev is the first Festival Machzor of the Israeli Movement, to be used on Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, joining his predecessors, the Siddur Avoda SheBaLev and the High Holidays Machzor Kavanat HaLev. All three represent the development of the language of prayer at the Israel Reform Movement.
The Festival Machzor is a joint creation of Maram – The Reform Rabbis’ Council - and Kehilat Kol HaNeshama, and initiated with the assistance of Daniel Chinn, a veteran member of Kol HaNeshama and two times its President, in memory of his father Geoffrey Chinn, a true friend of the Kehila and Reform Judaism in Israel, the UK and the US.
The editors are Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman and Rabbi Oded Mazor who were assisted throughout by a committee of rabbis and other scholars. The Machzor is in Hebrew only.
This is what the editors of the Machzor wrote in the book's forward:
"There is a strong feeling in the Israeli Reform Movement that we are standing at the gate of a new liturgical era. The Renewal Movement in Jewish liturgy in Israel includes the integration of modern Israeli poetry and song which sit alongside traditional texts, which has led to a renaissance in traditional prayers. This renewal encouraged us to look for ways to invite new audiences into the world of prayer in general and to Reform prayer in particular. The Machzor reflects this desire."
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