Selections from the Spicker-Sparger Anthology
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Will C. Macfarlane’s “Who Is Like Unto Thee?” (an English version of mi khamokha); C. Attenhofer’s “May the Words” (an English version of yih’yu l’ratzon, which in traditional services is said at the conclusion of the silently recited amida); and the v’sham’ru setting attributed to “Sparger-Dworzan” were all printed in the so-called Spicker-Sparger collection (see the biographical sketches of Max Spicker and William Sparger). Dworzan was not identified; his name appears on some obscure publications in Germany. This piece is a setting of an abbreviated text that first appeared in the preliminary, subsequently replaced 1892 edition of the Union Prayerbook that was authorized/compiled for the CCAR by Rabbi Isaac Moses of Milwaukee and Chicago.