A new traditional egalitarian bencher
with full translation and transliteration
Edited and with commentary by Rabbi Joshua Cahan
5.5x7.5, 144 pages
New cover art courtesy of Kakadu Design of Israel
Now available in a new “Mini” version, with full Birkat Hamazon, wedding blessings, and Shabbat ritual — 32 pages; standard red cover, all-white, or custom imprint.
A perfect shabbat companion for both veterans and novices. The clear, simple line-by-line transliterations allow everyone to sing along. Instructions provide all the necessary information for proper performance of the Shabbat rituals. And the original commentary is accessible to all but will enlighten even the most knowledgeable readers.
"Josh Cahan, an outstanding teacher and leader at Ramah, continues his educational innovation with the creation of this new bencher, a comprehensive, traditional resource which will enhance the choice of texts for Jewish youth and adults."
— Rabbi Mitch Cohen, National Ramah Director
"Yedid Nefesh is a crucial step forward and a valuable addition to any Jewish community with members of different skill levels and backgrounds."
— Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Director, Mechon Hadar (NY)
"Yedid Nefesh, the new bencher by Rabbi Joshua Cahan, offers its users a sense of the power of prayer as a grateful response to life experiences. Rabbi Cahan uses his significant scholarship and his passion for applied Jewish tradition to illustrate how payer helps to sanctify life. Rabbi Cahan’s precise, insightful comments and his inclusion of the full array of payers and song connecting life experience to God will make this wonderful collection of Jewish blessings a welcome addition to celebratory Jewish moments."
— Rabbi William Lebeau, Jewish Theological Seminary
How is this bencher different from all other benchers?
- Extensive commentary and instructions by Rabbi Cahan
- A broader selection of Shabbat zemirot and other songs
- Full translation and transliteration of all texts
- All-new translations that is easily readable but also stays true to the original
- An elegant layout for easier use
- Egalitarian texts and translation
What does ‘egalitarian’ mean in a bencher?
- In some places additions or alternatives are provided that counter some of the gender imbalance of the traditional texts
- Translations minimize the use of gendered language for God whenever possible
What is a bencher?
- Blessings after meals (both full and short versions), including additions for weddings and brit mila/simchat bat celebrations
- Friday night blessings and readings along with Kiddush for all occasions
- Zemirot (liturgical songs) for shabbat — 19 songs (there are 11 in B'kol Echad, 15 in the NCSY bencher)
- Short songs, including a special section of wedding songs
- Havdala and special post-shabbat songs
New Mini Edition, 32 pages
- Includes: full Birkat HaMazon, Sheva Brachot, Wedding Songs
- Also Shabbat Ritual: Candle Lighting, Shalom Aleikhem, Blessing Children . . .
- Kiddush for Friday night and Saturday lunch, Netilat Yadayim and Motzi, Havdalah.
- Available in red cover and all-white cover, with imprint.
About the Author
Rabbi Joshua Cahan is Director of the Eisenfeld/Duker Beit Midrash at the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. candidate in Talmud. He has also directed the Northwoods Kollel at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin since 2001.
Simcha/Large Order Prices — full edition
- Single copy — $3.95. Imprint: $25 setup, plus 30¢ per book
- 50 or more — $3.50. Imprint: $25 setup, plus 30¢ per book
- 100 or more — $3.30. Imprint: 30¢ per book, no charge for setup
- 250 or more — $3.10. Imprint: 30¢ per book, no charge for setup
Simcha/Large Order Prices — new mini edition
- Under 100 — $1.69. Imprint: $45 flat fee
- 100 or more — $1.69. Setup free; imprint: 25¢ per book
- 200 or more — $1.59. Setup free; imprint: 25¢ per book
- 300 or more — $1.45. Setup free; imprint: 25¢ per book