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From: rhendel@king.mcs.drexel.edu (Russell Hendel) Date: Mon, 13 May 1996 12:56:49 -0400 Subject: om Haatmauth Additions I am responding to [White, V23 #86 who quotes Shiffman] concerning adding a prayer of thanks on Yom Haatmauth. A glance at Laws of Prayer, Chapter 1, Rambam will easily show that **Additions in the middle blessings are allowed (?encouraged?) **Additions in the first or last 3 are not allowed. Thus quite simply, I would suggest that any person (and certainly the community) can add a prayer say in "VLirushalayim Irchah..." thanking God for the obvious fact that we have now returned (at least physcially) to Jerusalem. True, the Aruch Hashulchan it a bit hesitant to allow rampant use of this "addition heter" but certainly for the sake of the community and for something of such national importance even he might OK it. Incidentally, returning to White's other question --- do Rabbis give issurim to contradict conservative/reform opinions--- it appears to me that such a question *should* only be asked in cases where there is no other legitimate way to accomplish what is desired. But in this case, as shown above, one can add a blessing in VLiyrushalayim. In fact the best way to contradict the conservative movement is precisely to take their prayer and place it in the middle of the shmoneh esray instead of at the end. Russell Jay Hendel, Ph.d. ASA , rhendel @ mcs . drexel . edu