Someone forwarded me the following email exchange from their yishuv's email list. Names changed to protect the guilty.
The anonymous yishuv is having a huge public email dispute over changing the nusach of the different tefillot for protection and guidance for the Medina, The IDF, etc...
From: Settler #1
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 7:08 PM
Subject: [anonymous_yishuv] Nusach Tfila
Let me get this right:
1) Everyone agrees that they are not Halachic authorities, but everyone is giving their Halachic opinions,
2) Everyone agrees that we are not in a position to change the “nusach”, but everyone is cutting & pasting.
Now here’s what we’re going to do: I thought about this on Shabbat at the YI of Kew Gardens Hills where they make a me’shebayrach for the Midna, the US government, the IDF and the US Army.
The system of reciting a global me’shebayrach for the sick, during which the rabbi/gabbi pauses while those present silently mention the name of someone they know has been working very well.
What we do is make a general me’shebayrach for the “Government”. The rabbi/gabbi says “Medinat….”, pauses, and everyone can insert any country they want. You want “Israel”, fine.
You got a bill from Mas Hachnasa yesterday and want to get even -- this coming Shabbat don’t insert “Israel” and use “Barbados” which has lower tax rates.
Same thing with Tzahal. “Chayalei …..”, pause, and then insert anything your want. You can say “everyone except those involved with the expulsion”, or “everyone except my mefaked”.
From: settler #2
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 10:29 PM
Subject: RE: [anonymous_yishuv] Nusach Tfila
Settler #1 -
We could probably use the same method for the weekly dvar torah in shul.
The rav says:
"There are so many wonderful Divrei Torah on this week's parasha, and so many important messages, I'll be quiet now and everyone should think of their own dvar torah...It says in this week's parasha...
[10 second pause...]
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