Selichot Siddur VaYashkem Moshe - The Moses & Marie Elmaleh Memorial Edition
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Our second publication, called VaYashkem Moshe, is a prayer book for the daily Selichot service that begins on the first of Elul in preparation for the Yamim Nora'im. Despite the solemn nature of these prayers, Moroccan Sephardic Jews are especially inspired by the melodies and collaborative performance of its service.
Leon Elmaleh was the driving force behind this project. In 2017, he approached On The Derekh with the desire to honour his mother, Marie Elmaleh, z"l, who was deeply inspired by the Selichot prayer service. Mrs. Elmaleh was a beloved, matriarchal figure in the Moroccan Sephardic community of Toronto. For 35 years she was the executive administrator at Petah Tikvah Congregation, the largest and oldest Sephardic synagogue in Ontario. Marie's warm demeanor made the synagogue a very welcoming place and she was dearly loved by all the synagogue's members. Halfway through the production of this book, Leon's father, Moses Elmaleh, z"l – a stalwart community leader in Toronto –passed away. Moses was a founding member of Minyan Sepharad Congregation in Thornhill, Ontario. For 40 years he served as the parnass, was responsible for the chevrah kadisha, and tirelessly performed acts of chessed with a dedication to halakhah and tradition. Upon Moses' passing, this project expanded into a dedication of the collective memory of Moses & Marie Elmaleh by the their children and grandchildren, and was released in Elul of 2018.
The structure and style of this book matches that of siddurim and machzorim that follow Siddur Tefillat Shemuel.