Reform Luach was compiled in consultation with many Reform sources, including Mark Washofsky's Jewish Living, Mishkan T'filah, the Plaut Torah commentaries, Gates of Repentance, the forthcoming new Reform High Holy Machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh, Gates of the Seasons, Gates of the House, Josee Wolff and Marshall Portnoy's The Art of Cantillation, and volumes of Reform responsa literature. References to these sources are given in many Reform Luach entries for those who would like to explore a topic further. Sources outside of Reform Judaism were also consulted in order to provide a traditional perspective in relevant places; these sources include the Koren-Sacks Siddur and Machzorim, Isaac Klein's A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice, and the USCJ Luach.
Reform Luach is intended to assist Reform rabbis, cantors and prayer leaders in planning worship and synagogue observances. Understanding that every synagogue's customs are different, Reform Luach offers suggestions for applying Reform siddurim, machzorim, and Torah commentaries to specific days in the Hebrew calendar. Suggested liturgy generally reflects our Reform sources; in relevant places, you will also see notation that indicates traditional practice. Torah and Haftarah selections reflect those indicated by the Plaut Torah commentaries; when Plaut's selections differ from traditional readings for a given day, both traditional readings and Plaut's suggested alternatives are listed.
A key to the abbreviations used in the Luach:
MT - Mishkan T'filah
P - Plaut Torah commentary
RP - Revised Plaut Torah Commentary
WTC - The Torah: A Women's Commentary
JL - Jewish Living, by Mark Washofsky
ATC/AC - The Art of Torah Cantillation and The Art of Cantillation, Vol. II, by Josee Wolff and Marshall Portnoy.
Leon Morris, Executive Editor
Amanda Kleinman, Managing Editor
with special thanks to Michael J. Radwin and HebCal.com
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