President Obama Intros Official Military Prayer Book
The Jewish Welfare Board has released an updated siddur, a Jewish prayer book that is the “first of its kind since World War II:”
The impetus to create the siddur dates to 2006, when the Jewish Chaplains Council advisory board realized that its chaplains were using a variety of siddurim depending on what the rabbi or trained lay person leading services chose to use. This was often the prayer book with which he or she was most comfortable, or simply what was available at the base.
The format worked adequately for the rabbi, but wasn’t as successful for Jewish service men and women, many of whom are not fluent in Jewish liturgy and had to get used to a new siddur every time they left for a different base.
This prayer book can apparently be ordered through the US military official supply chain.
Apparently taking a cue from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Obama wrote the foreword for the siddur,
acknowledging the sacrifice and commitment American Jewish soldiers make when they serve in the US military.
The military Jewish prayer book is reportedly the only religious text with a foreword by Obama.
Wonder if President Obama will be sued by some “religious freedom” group for favoring or endorsing one religion…
With reference to Jews in Green.