Hadar borrows copies of the Silverman Machzor (two generations of Conservative machzorim ago) from JTS. Almost everything they need is in it. They also hand out a supplement pamphlet that has several piyutim in it that Silverman lacks. Which is not to say that Silverman is lacking that regard, but that the piyutim for YK leader’s repetition of the Amidah vary widely. At Hadar, the selection seems to have more to do with which piytuim we have really raucous tunes for.
There is an element of tightly controlled chaos–which, as we’ve discussed before here at The Shuckle, makes me feel very comfortable. It reaches a fever pitch during Ne’ilah. Ne’ilah traditionally has seven repetitions of the 13 Attributes section–you know, the part that has “Adonai, Adonai, el rachum v’chanun, etc) in it. As Rabbi Elie Kaunfer put it yesterday, “In what we can only assume is a printer’s error, Silverman only has one.” So what do they do at Hadar? They print it on page 7 of the supplement. Every time we come to a point when it has to be recited, the clod of people puttering about by the amud start waving the supplement around wildly. It’s fairly hysterical ridiculous awesome.
For the Avodah service–the elaborate re-enactment of what the High Priest used to do on YK back in the days of The Temple–they pass out another handout. This one is a copy of the Avodah service from ArtScroll. During an excellent d’var torah late in the day, the woman giving the d’var–whose name is now escaping me–said, “There is a funny piece of commentary in the ArtScroll machzor”–interrupted by some teeheehee-ing, she smiled–“Well, funny to me, anyway. I don’t think they meant it that way.” There was a lot of laughing at that. It’s basically a perfect statement of what I think of ArtScroll. Anyway, so they hand out this copy of the Avodah service from ArtScroll, which has a lot of those unintentionally funny comments in it, including–my favorite:
As interpreted by the Sages, the Torah requires the Kohen Gadol to place the incense on the burning coals after entering the Holy of Holies. During the Second Temple era, the heretical Sadducean sect denies the authority of the Oral Torah, and succedded in influencing some Kohanim Gedolim to place the incense on the coals before entering the Holy of Holies
More on machzorim in use at Hadar: Most people just used the Silverman machzorim provided. Dana–previously mentioned here–who really jumped in off the deep end this Yom Kipur by coming to Hadar with me, used Machzor Eit Ratzon–reviewed here along with Mahzor Lev Shalem–because she needed transliterations. I brought Lev Shalem, which I loved using at the Chavurah on Rosh Hashanah. I spotted eight others using MLS, including Rabbi Nigel Savage, founder of Hazon, and his significant other; the guy who read haftarah in shacharit; and some other people. They were also giving out little MLS bookmark ad things. Obviously I took one. It’s great.
There were piyutim included in Silverman that didn’t have to be in thesupplement. But many of them were not in Machzor Lev Shalem so I ended up having to keep a Silverman handy to use during the leader’s repetition of the Amidah. I mentioned all of this to someone during the afternoon break and this guy Tim said that what’s interesting is that Harlow, the Conservative machzor that followed Silver and preceded Lev Shalem, has even less material. So Silverman has many piyutim, Harlow has few and Lev Shalem is on a middle ground. Very interesting.
The most common non-Silverman machzor was the blue ArtScroll one, which maybe as many as ten percent of the community had brought with them. There were also a number of people using the white Israeli Koren machzor and a handful using Machzor Rinat Yisrael, the Israeli chief rabbinate’s official machzor.