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God Is Not All That

Evangelicals churn out teen Bibles and hip-hop Bibles to reach out to new audiences in their own vernacular. But the Jews like to keep it, well, biblical. In the new prayer book for Yom Kippur, which begins tonight, conservative rabbis have excised the word “awesome.” Said Rabbi Edward Feld, who headed the rewrite committee: “If you say God is awesome you are immediately in the street language, rather than the inspiring language.”

Who said Hebrew school wasn’t fun?

In more progressive news, to keep up with the fact that rabbinical schools are now majority female, they’ve added Hannah and Miriam to the prayer book list of models of righteous heroines. Awesome.