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Morrison David Bial

Morrison David Bial

Born in New York in 1917, Morrison David Bial studied at Princeton Theological Seminary, served as a chaplain at Mitchell Field during World War II, and was ordained from the Jewish Institute of Religion in 1945. Rabbi Bial spoke from pulpits in the United States as well as in Dublin, Glasgow, and London. He led a number of tours to Israel, and published thirteen books, including The Rabbi’s Bible: Torah and The Rabbi’s Bible: Prophets (began in 1966, co-authored with Solomon Simon), Liberal Judaism at Home: the Practices of Modern Reform Judaism (1971), and Your Jewish Child (1978). Rabbi Bial spent over thirty years serving Temple Sinai in Summit, New Jersey, from 1953 until he became Rabbi Emeritus in 1985. From 1985–1995, Rabbi Bial joined Temple Beth Shalom in Ocala, Florida, revitalizing its interfaith movement, and served as Rabbi Emeritus until his death in 2004.

An Offering of Prayer: Prayers and Meditations — Private and Public, compiled by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 22 Jun 2020 by Morrison David Bial |

A collection of public, pulpit prayers, ceremonial, and other prayers to supplement the Siddur. . . .


Apologia on the Sabbath, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 06 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Apologia on the Sabbath” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 31, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


Benediction for Charity Meeting, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 08 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Benediction for Charity Meeting” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 74, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


Ὑμνεῖν με δεῖ τὸν θεόν | “I Must Praise God,” excerpted from the Discourses of Epictetus by Rabbi Morrison David Bial

Contributed on: 23 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial | Epictetus the Stoic |

A short discourse on the necessity for prayer by the Stoic philosopher, Epictetus. . . .


Invocation for Meeting, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 08 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Meeting Invocation” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 75, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


Invocation for Temple Meeting, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 08 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Invocation for Temple Meeting” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 69, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


Invocation for United Jewish Appeal, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 08 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Invocation for United Jewish Appeal” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 70, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


הֲלֹא אֶת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת הָאָרֶץ אֲנִי מָלֵא | Do not I fill heaven and earth? (Liqutei Tefilot I:7 part) by Reb Noson Sternhartz of Nemyriv (ca. 1820s), translated by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 08 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial | Noson Sternhartz of Nemyriv |

“Do not I fill heaven and earth?” is a translation by Rabbi Morrison David Bial of a portion of Reb Nosson of Nemyriv’s Liqutei Tefilot I:7.1, as adapted from the teachings of Rebbe Naḥman of Bratslav in Liqutei Moharan I:7.1. The translation was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 76, from where the English was transcribed. I have set this translation side-by-side with the Hebrew noting some elisions in Rabbi Bial’s adaptation. –Aharon Varady . . .


Man Is Here for the Sake of Others, by Albert Einstein (1930) as excerpted by Rabbi Morrison David Bial

Contributed on: 12 Feb 2019 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial | Albert Einstein |

An excerpt of an 1930 essay by Albert Einstein set as a prayer supplement by Rabbi Morrison David Bial in 1962. . . .


The Open Door of the Heart, a prayer by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 03 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“The Open Door of the Heart” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), pp. 43-44, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


Petition for Prayer, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 05 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Petition for Prayer” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 27, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


Prayer for Dedication of Hospital Chapel, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 07 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Prayer for Dedication of Hospital Chapel” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 68, from where this prayer was transcribed. No contextual information was provided with the prayer, so we cannot say when the prayer was offered or even for which hospital chapel it was dedicated. If you know, please leave a comment or contact us. . . .


Prayer for High School Graduation, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 08 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Prayer for High School Graduation” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 73, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


Prayer for Music Service, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 07 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Prayer for Music Service” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 61, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


Prayer for National Holiday, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 08 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Prayer for National Holiday” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 71, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


[Prayer] for Peace Among the Nations, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 04 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“[Prayer] For Peace Among the Nations” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 59, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


Prayer for Rosh haShanah, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 07 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“New Years Prayer” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 66, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


A Prayer for the Despondent, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 03 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“A Prayer for the Despondent” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 45, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


A Prayer for the Ill, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 06 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“A Prayer for the Ill” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 46, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


Prayer — On Seeking for God, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 05 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Prayer — On Seeking for God” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 22, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


Thou Who Art Spirit, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

Contributed on: 06 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial |

“Thou Who Art Spirit” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 54, from where this prayer was transcribed. . . .


יָהּ אֶכְסוֹף נוֹעַם שַׁבָּת | Yah Ekhsof No’am Shabbat, a zemer for Shabbat by Reb Aharon of Karlin (trans. by Rabbi Morrison David Bial)

Contributed on: 04 Sep 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Morrison David Bial | Aharon ben Yaakov Perlov of Karlin |

The shabbos table song “Yah Ekhsof No’am Shabbat” by Rabbi Aharon of Karlin, translated by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 29-30, from where this translation was transcribed. . . .



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