Jonah Rank

Jonah Rank

Rabbi Jonah Rank is a musician, writer and educator. Thon currently serves Shaar Shalom in Halifax, Nova Scotia as the community's Maskil ("Teacher of Tradition"). Thon most recently taught Jewish Studies at the Middle School of the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan. Prior to becoming a rabbi, Rank co-founded and served as Creative Co-Director of Jewish Eyes On The Arts; worked as the Secretary of Mahzor Lev Shalem (Rabbinical Assembly: 2010) and Siddur Lev Shalem (RA: 2015). A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, thons music has earned Rabbi Rank a place among The Forward's Soundtrack of Our Spirit. Jonah Rank was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2015, from where thon holds a M.A. in Jewish Thought; and a B.A. in Jewish Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary (2010), earned jointly with thons B.A. in Music from Columbia University. Jonah married thons life-partner Raysh Weiss in August 2013.

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שטרות לקישור נפשות | Documents for a Marriage from One Soulmate to Another by Raysh Weiss and Jonah Rank

Contributed on: כ׳ בתמוז ה׳תשע״ד (2014-07-17) by Jonah Rank | Raysh Weiss |

If one were to accept that a kosher Jewish wedding needs some element of what the Mishnah calls “acquisition” (and, more or less, we accepted this to be the case), any wedding must be conscientious in rethinking the following questions: What exactly is “acquisition” in the Mishnah’s eyes? And, if “acquisition” is inherently offensive to our sensibilities, how can we lessen the role that “acquisition” plays in a kosher wedding? . . .


תחנון לימים קשים | Taḥanun [Plea for Mercy] on Hard Days by Noa Mazor (trans. by Jonah Rank)

Contributed on: כ״ד בתמוז ה׳תשע״ד (2014-07-21) by Noa Mazor | Jonah Rank |

Lord, our God, bring us days of good, of mercy, of life and of peace. Give our leaders the capability to see the natural sanctity embedded in every person. Give us the ability to trust human beings fighting for their way, for their lives–for our lives. Lord, lay us down along Your path–a path for loving humanity as humanity, a path for welcoming peace between neighbors: between humanity and pain. . . .


Teshuvah on Ketubbah Where Woman Acquires Man, by Rabbi Jonah Rank

Contributed on: ג׳ באב ה׳תשע״ו (2016-08-06) by Jonah Rank |

A teshuvah (responsum) on, and text of, a ketubbah whereby a groom acquires a bride, and a ketubbah whereby a bride acquires a groom. . . .


תפילה לעת שרפה – וחמת האש תשכך | Prayer for the Wildfires to Subside (Masorti Foundation, trans. by R’ Jonah Rank)

Contributed on: כ״ג במרחשון ה׳תשע״ז (2016-11-24) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jonah Rank | Masorti Movement in Israel | Anonymous Author(s) |

The Prayer for the Fire (תפילה לעת שרפה) was first published by the Masorti Foundation at their website here in response to the November 2016 wildfires in Israel. Translation by Rabbi Jonah Rank. Transcription by Aharon Varady. . . .


תפילת הזכרת הורים כשאין מניין לאמירת קדיש | “Gebet Statt Kaddisch” Memorial Prayer For When There is No Minyan

Contributed on: ה׳ באלול ה׳תשע״ג (2013-08-11) by Isaac Seligman Baer | Jonah Rank |

Please Lord, Sovereign of Compassion, God, Arbiter of the spirits of all flesh, Parent of Orphans and Judge of widows: God, from the source of Your holiness! May my prayer and the Torah of life that I have learned come before you on account of the soul . . .


שַׁבָּת וַחֲנֻכָּה נִגְּשׁוּ וַיְרִיבוּן (מִי כָמוֹךָ)‏ | Shabbat and Ḥanukkah Met and Fought, a piyyut by Shlomoh ben Eliyahu Sharvit HaZahav (ca. 15th c.)

Contributed on: כ״ג בכסלו ה׳תשפ״א (2020-12-08) by Jonah Rank | Shlomoh ben Eliyahu Sharvit haZahav |

A 15th century Ḥanukkah vs. Shabbat rap battle. Technically it’s not a rap battle–just a piyyut introducing “Mi Khamokha” in the blessing after the Shema on the Shabbat morning of Ḥanukkah . . . .


תפילה (ישראלית) לפני הכניסה לקלפי (למאמין וללא מאמין)‏ | Prayer before entering the voting booth in Israel (for believers and non-believers)

Contributed on: ח׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״ג (2013-03-18) by חיים היימס-עזרא | Jonah Rank |

May it be the will [before the Lord our God and the God of our ancestors] that this ticket which I am placing in my ballot will join thousands of other tickets that will promise reasoned leadership that will strengthen democratic values, aspire towards peace with our neighbors, separate religion and state, be concerned with the weak and protect the laborers, fight corruption and exercise leadership through personal role modeling. May it be the will [before the Lord our God and the God of our ancestors] that the nation sitting in Zion will merit years of freedom, quiet, productivity, education and good health and that our children may never fear at all. . . .


בִּסְעוּדָה הַזּוֹ | At this meal!, a piyyut for the Passover seder translated by Rabbi Jonah Rank

Contributed on: י״ח בניסן ה׳תשע״ט (2019-04-23) by Jonah Rank |

A litany of mythical guests and creatures presenting at the Passover seder. . . .


אַתָּה ה׳, מָגֵן בַּעֲדִי | Attah Adonai Magen Ba’adi, a piyyut by R’ Fradji Shawat (late 16th c.)

Contributed on: י״ז בניסן ה׳תשע״ט (2019-04-22) by Jonah Rank | Fradji Sawat |

A (kosher-for-Passover) prayer for redemption from exile. . . .


שבע ברכות לנפשות קשורות | Seven Blessings For Interlinking Souls, by Rabbi Dr. Raysh Weiss and Rabbi Jonah Rank

Contributed on: י״ז באלול ה׳תשע״ה (2015-09-01) by Raysh Weiss | Jonah Rank |

When Jonah Rank and Raysh Weiss intended to finalize the words of the “Seven Blessings” (Sheva Berakhot, שֶֽׁבַע בְּרָכוֹת) that their friends and family members would offer them on their big day, they attempted to preserve the most widespread Ashkenazic version of these seven nuptial blessings with which their Jewish marital status would be effected. However, they attempted to avoid phrases that would limit the gender or sex of the blessings’ referents. Additionally, they sought to ensure that their blessings focused on the happiness of the occasion at hand. . . .


A Jewish Prayer for Graduation and an Interfaith Meditation on Wisdom and Learning, by Jonah Rank (2010)

Contributed on: ט״ז בשבט ה׳תשע״ט (2019-01-21) by Jonah Rank |

A Jewish Prayer for Graduation and an Interfaith Meditation on Wisdom and Learning, by Rabbi Jonah Rank (2010) . . .


Mikveh Kavvanah for Affirming Jewish identity, by Rabbi Jonah Rank

Contributed on: ט״ז בשבט ה׳תשע״ט (2019-01-21) by Jonah Rank |

A kavvanah for affirming one’s Jewish identity in a mikvah before immersion. . . .


תעודת גירות | Certificate of Conversion template for adults (Hebrew-English and gender-neutral), by Rabbi Jonah Rank

Contributed on: י״ח באב ה׳תשע״ט (2019-08-18) by Jonah Rank |

A gender-neutral Hebrew-English conversion certificate template for adults. . . .


Gender Neutralizing Ketubbah with Instructions by Jonah Rank and Raysh Weiss

Contributed on: י״ב בטבת ה׳תשע״ד (2013-12-15) by Jonah Rank | Raysh Weiss |

On [day of the week] of the [day of the month] of the month of [month] in the year [year], as we count here in [location], behold, the soul of [name of one member of the couple] and the soul of [name of the other member of the couple] wrote one to the other in documents indicating that the entirety of each soul is consecrated one to the other in accordance with the law of Moses and Israel. They both shall serve, cherish, sustain, and support one another, in accordance with the laws of the Jews. Behold, all that which is written above has been accepted upon these two souls in the valid manner of interconnecting souls. All of the above is in proper, good standing. . . .