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Clifton Harby Levy

Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1867–1962), was a Reform rabbi in the United States. Born in New Orleans, he was ordained at Hebrew Union College (1890), served as rabbi of Congregation Gates of Hope, New York City (1890–91), and as superintendent of classes for immigrant children established by the Baron de Hirsch Fund. Levy later served congregations in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1892–94) and Baltimore, Maryland (1894–96), where he organized a Jewish kindergarten in a religious school and the first United Hebrew Charities. He founded Tremont Temple, Bronx, New York, and was its rabbi from 1906 to 1921. He left the pulpit rabbinate in 1921 and in 1924 organized the Centre of Jewish Science, New York City. As part of the Jewish Science movement, it sought to counter the influence of Christian Science among acculturated American Jews and to inject spirituality into the Reform Jewish synagogue. He was a founding member of the American Council for Judaism, which consisted primarily of anti-Zionist Reform rabbis and laymen. While still a student, Levy published a five-act Purim play, Haman and Mordecai (1886). During his stay in Baltimore he edited Jewish Comment. He edited The Bible in Art (1936) and The Bible in Pictures (1942), and served as art editor of the Universal Jewish Encyclopedia.

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“All adrift on the stream of life” a prayer for help and self-control by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short reflection, “I Feel Nervous and Upset” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), pp. 15-16. . . .


“As I approach” a prayer for opening oneself to praying by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short reflection, “I Want to Pray” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), p. 7. . . .


Bible Thoughts for Every and Any Day, by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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“Bible Thoughts for every and any day” by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy are a selection of biblical verses he added to The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), pp. 28-31, ostensibly for use in healthful spiritual contemplation. . . .


“Give me peace of soul” a prayer for self-control by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his self-reflection, “Peace within” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), pp. 17-18. . . .


“Guard me from yielding to this temptation to err” a prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short essay, “Facing Temptation” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), pp. 21-22. . . .


“Heal me” a prayer for healing by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short reflection, “I Seek Health and Healing” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), pp. 9-10. . . .


“Help our loved one who lingers in pain” a prayer for healing by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short reflection, “Bringing Health to the Home” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), pp. 12-13. . . .


Morning Prayer (for Older Children) by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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“Morning Prayer (for Older Children)” by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy is found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), p. 27. . . .


Morning Prayer (for Very Young Children) by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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“Morning Prayer (For Very Young Children)” by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy is found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), p. 26. . . .


Night Prayer (for Older Children) by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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“Night Prayer (for Older Children) by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy is found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), p. 27. . . .


Our Affirmation — a litany of affirmative statements for adherents of the Centre of Jewish Science by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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“Our Affirmation” by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy was published in conclusion to his brochure, The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), p. 32. . . .


[Prayer] Before Sleeping (for Very Young Children) by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

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“For Very Young Children Before Sleeping” by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy is found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), p. 26. . . .


“Teach me to be real!” a prayer for integrity by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

Contributed on: 18 Apr 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (editing/transcription) | Clifton Harby Levy |

This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short essay, “Applying Judaism to Life” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), pp. 4-5. . . .


📖 The Helpful Manual, by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (Centre of Jewish Science 1927)

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The Helpful Manual is a prayerbook containing supplications and affirmations expressing the teachings of the then nascent Jewish Science movement, prepared by one of the movement’s founders, Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy in 1927, on behalf of the Centre of Jewish Science. The Jewish Science movement was at the time intended to counter the popularity of the Christian Science movement among Jews in the United States. . . .


“Thy will be done” a prayer for self-resignation by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

Contributed on: 19 Apr 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (editing/transcription) | Clifton Harby Levy |

This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short reflection, “Thy Will Be Done!” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), pp. 23-24. . . .


“To whom life is everlasting” a prayer in the face of mortality by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

Contributed on: 19 Apr 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (editing/transcription) | Clifton Harby Levy |

This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short reflection, “Facing Eternity” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), p. 25. . . .


“Why should I torture myself” a prayer for reassurance by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)

Contributed on: 19 Apr 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (editing/transcription) | Clifton Harby Levy |

This untitled prayer by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy accompanied his short reflection, “I Must Not Worry” found in The Helpful Manual (Centre of Jewish Science, 1927), pp. 19-20. . . .