Hebrew Daily Prayer Book Leather Bound – 4 Dec 2006
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‘The United Synagogue has now produced a siddur in which today’s thinking Jew in any part of the English-speaking world can readily find his or her religious reflection.’
About the Author
Jonathan Sacks has been Chief Rabbi in 1991 and sits in the House of Lords. He is much sought after as a religious broadcaster and spokesman. He is a lecturer, philosopher, and author, with many honours awarded for his contributions to theology and Jewish life.
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The Hebrew font has been designed to help those who want to read in the modern Hebrew pronunciation and the clarity of print in both Hebrew and English are excellent. The new elements of prayer will also be of great help to today's reader, whether at home, in the synagogue or when travelling.
The font has been changed to be more like the the popular Art Scroll. Some people think this is an improvement while others feel it is a retrograde step. I think it is a matter of taste.
Big improvements are:
(1) The addition of new prayers that are in Art Scroll and were not in the old Singers such as "ana b'koach" and "Yedid nephesh" in place with no page-flipping on Fri evening, and some new prayers for life events.
(2) Guide-markings to pronunciation (when to pronounce kamatz as "o" in sephardi pronounciation and when to articulate the "sheva") are most welcome.
(3) A wonderful complete retranslation has been done by the Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks. He has both a fine command of the English language and a deep knowledge of the Hebrew prayers so is well placed to do this.
(4) The new introduction to the prayer book by Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks has been highly praised as reason enough to buy this book.
(5) More guidance on what to do (actions for prayers etc) has been added and there are new footnotes by the Chief Rabbi that are worth reading.
(6) Efforts have been made to put home prayers like kiddush and havdallah on one page rather than page-flipping in the middle (as in the previous edition) but this has only partially been achieved.
You get a silk place marker which is a nice touch - the larger editions have 2 markers. Actually, I find I need more than that in practice. The binding and cover seem durable so far.Read more ›
My second quibble is that Amazon describe this book as 'Leather bound'. This led me to expect that it would have the nice leather finish that you get on some Artscroll products. In fact, the cover on this book isn't leather at all, but quite nasty paper-thin vinyl. The book is still most certainly worth buying, but if you're expecting a nice leather finish, you'll be sorely disappointed.
The font size is quite small, so if you usually have problems reading small text, consider buying the larger copy of this siddur.
Because of the size the letters are unfortunately very small. Please, consider that when buying this edition!
The Kindle version messes up the page layout, repeating pages of the hebrew and with the english section following the hebrew part en-masse, rather than page-by-page as in the hard copy version. This is particularly annoying when it comes to reading the commentary.
I understand why it's been done that way, to avoid interrupting the flow of the prayers, but it doesn't work. Between sections you then have to wade through a block of English text to get to the next bit, so in the end it doesn't achieve what I assume they're trying to do.
The chapter divisions also aren't very useful as it ignores their subdivisions.
It would be far better either to ditch the English sections completely, or change the layout so that English and Hebrew parts are on the same virtual page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant siddur. I love the font, the size and the structure. Highly recommended.Published 8 months ago by Sorek
I found the ex-Chief Rabbi's introduction excellent and fascinating, and reading just a small part of these insights before praying very helpful to make sure I have the right frame... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jack