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The Complete Artscroll Siddur (Artscroll Mesorah) Hardcover – September 1, 1984
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The Artscroll is the single best siddur for general use. It includes daily, Shabbat, and many holiday prayers, as well as the entire book of Psalms, weekday Torah readings, inspirational verses, along with simple instructions in English to guide you in what may be your first steps towards praying as a Jew. While some of the sections (like the Psalms and Torah readings) are exclusively in Hebrew, in general, this is a very accessible book with lucid modern translations.
This book makes no apologies for its traditional leanings, but serves them well and proudly. The prayers recall the historic Temple, sacrificial practices, our faith in God, the future messiah and the world to come. Jews from a Conservative background will find much of the material here familiar, but for others, this siddur may offer a first introduction to these ancient values which, for centuries, have been the backbone of Jewish prayer.
No matter which Siddur they use in your shul, this beautiful volume is a proud addition to any Jewish home.
I like the readability and clarity of this siddur. It takes me through the prayers methodically. Intertwined with the basic structure are the wonderful pieces of timeless teachings by the Sages and Rabbis, songs, and other writings that have helped steer the Jewish community over centuries. It has the following basic structure: Morning services; Blessings; Afternoon and evening services; Welcoming of Sabbath and festivals; Evening, morning and afternoon services for Sabbath and festivals; Conclusion of Sabbath; Monthly rites; Yearly festival and memorial rites; Selected Torah readings; Psalms; Insight on various Laws.
Like all other Artscroll products, the typesetting in this suddur is beautiful. The Hebrew and Aramaic are very readable. The weekly, monthly, and seasonal additions are offsetted in a shaded background. The service choreography is clearly marked. Important prayer section indicators are bolded. Different type sizes are used to accurately reflect how the letters are represented in the Torah scrolls and other scrolls. The use of Rapheh eliminates the guesswork of if the Shewa is voiced or not to many new readers to Hebrew and Hebredised Aramaic. Key words and letters are indexed in Hebrew in the English page that faces the Hebrew page, so that even those who are not fluent enough on Hebrew can readily follow the prayers. The siddur has rich array of footnotes that give insight on how the prayers were constructed. However, the opinions expressed have a tendancy to be extremely conservative.Read more ›
My understanding is that the sephard versions still have the ashkenaz-style transliteration, but are organized a little differently to fit sephardic services better.
But be careful when ordering, because there are a lot of editions, and amazon doesn't always describe them accurately. Probably the best for everyday use is the pocket-size hard cover, because it's small but durable. But here are the ISBNs of the various editions of the Complete Artscroll Siddur:
0-89906-650-X = full-size hardcover ashkenaz
0-89906-654-2 = pocket-size hardcover ashkenaz
0-89906-655-0 = pocket-size paperback ashkenaz
0-89906-657-7 = full-size hardcover sephard
0-89906-658-5 = pocket-size hardcover sephard
0-89906-659-3 = pocket-size paperback sephard
Note also that Amazon doesn't always send out the correct version. I ordered a pocket-size paperback ashkenaz edition, for example, and received the full-size hardcover ashkenaz. But amazon will take it back and replace it for free if they make a mistake, which is one more reason I keep buying stuff here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice comprehensive Siddur for those beginning to implement a Torah way of life.Published 3 months ago by Juan Velazquez
Beautifully presented, bound and prepared. A well-known work, it is not only useful, but beautiful.Published 4 months ago by Brian
I love this SIDDUR!! It is extremely exhaustive! and includes almost anything you would need !!! Plus I was thrilled that the (POCKET SIZE) Art scroll Siddur was not a small book,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jason West
description of usage was spot on,,,,,,,,,,,,,very pleasedPublished 8 months ago by Paul Herman Yolles