• August 12, 2020
  • 22 5780, Av
  • פרשת ראה

Nachem: Time for a Rewrite?

Nachem: Time for a Rewrite?

Ever since the Six Day War, some have found it jarring to recite the Nachem prayer in Mincha of Tisha B’Av. Can we really still describe Yerushalayim as “laid waste of its dwellings, robbed of its glory, desolate without inhabitants”? On the other hand, isn’t it a dangerous precedent to rewrite any prayer? Join Rabbi Uri Cohen as we examine the major rabbinic responses to this dilemma. (You might be surprised to see the range of opinion!)

July 30, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Nachem: Time for a Rewrite?:
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Ever since the Six Day War, some have found it jarring to recite the Nachem prayer in Mincha of Tisha B’Av. Can we really still describe Yerushalayim as “laid waste of its dwellings, robbed of its glory, desolate without inhabitants”? On the other hand, isn’t it a dangerous precedent to rewrite any prayer? Join Rabbi Uri Cohen as we examine the major rabbinic responses to this dilemma. (You might be surprised to see the range of opinion!)

Rabbi Uri Cohen teaches at Midreshet HaRova and Midreshet Moriah. He learned at Yeshivat Shaalvim and Yeshivat Hamivtar, and received Semikhah from RIETS (YU) and Yeshivat Hamivtar. He also holds Masters degrees in Medieval Jewish History and Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. For two years, he was an ATID Fellow. Through Torah MiTzion, he and his wife Dr. Yocheved Engelberg Cohen served as the first members of the Syracuse Kollel, and later as the first couple of the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) at Princeton University. They now live in Ramat Beit Shemesh. His eclectic lecture topics have included Talmudic Misogyny in Context, Harry Potter and the Value of Fantasy, Contemporary Orthodox Responses to Homosexuality, and How Not to Do Outreach.