Shabbat and Holidays
The prayer is the center of the spiritual life and inspiration of the whole soul community - a connection to the Jewish heritage, to the human spirit, to the Israeli renewal and to our hope to feel the divinity in the world and multiply the good in it.
We hold prayers in the community every Shabbat evening (Friday afternoon), Shabbat morning and on Israeli holidays. There are also other prayer groups, such as "Morning Intention" that takes place on some weekdays through the Zoom.
The prayers are conducted in an egalitarian and liberal spirit and combine the traditional form of the prayer with the renewal of the reform prayer and the rich creative world of Israeli culture. The prayer consists of singing, reading and also moments of silence that allow us to direct our prayer. Some of the prayers are accompanied musically by guitar, side flute or percussion instruments.
The prayers are led by the rabbi of the community, Rabbi Oded, the musical director Boaz Dorot, as well as many friends and community members who know the work of public messengers. The leader of the prayer sits in front of the Ark of the Covenant facing the crowd of worshipers. The congregation sits in a sort of semi-circle where everyone sees each other and faces the Ark of the Covenant. The manner of sitting reflects our values as a community: the yeshiva is mixed, there is no separation between the genders and no division of any kind. Every Jew over the age of mitzvah is included in our minyan. Of course, men and women of other religions are also invited. They are happy to come and pray with us and get to know the spirit of Jewish prayer through us.
Even if you are not familiar with the prayer in the synagogue, don't worry - the public messenger will make sure to indicate the number of pages in both Hebrew and English.
On praying in the community from Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, the founding rabbi of the Kol Haneshama community:
Prayer is not entertainment. Prayer is a discipline like music, running or meditation. If you came to watch - you will be bored.
We compare our prayer to a jazz band. Sometimes it sounds like everyone is "playing a tune" with a different intensity or tempo (and others don't make a sound at all), and sometimes they all sing in beautiful harmony.
The arrangement is a frame; Like a sheet of music standing in front of the player.
If you choose to use these words, know that if you read the prayers you are not praying. A reciprocal relationship must be reached between the worshiper and the prayer and between the worshiper and the other worshipers.
Know that according to tradition, the prayer includes both music and silence. Please let go of any tension. We all come to the synagogue with mixed feelings. We are aware of our feelings during prayer, we do not run away from them. We let emotions influence prayer and prayer influence emotions.
If you don't know the arrangement well, it's enough to find words that you feel comfortable with. Almost every word in the Siddur has associations from the Bible, the Talmud, the Midrash or Kabbalah and literature.
Please remember that this "band" meets every week, and we practice our prayer. Maybe the words or tunes are not familiar to you. Any discipline is difficult at first, but the habit allows you to feel freer.
Rabbi Levi Weiman Kalman