After years of study, discussion, and test drives, Tifereth Israel Synagogue began using the new Siddur Lev Shalem (which means ‘full heart’) as our regular prayer book on Shabbat Chanukah, December 4th, 2021. By doing so, we are joining the large majority of Conservative congregations that use this siddur, which was published 5 years ago.
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More About Siddur Lev Shalem
Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat and Festivals is the companion to the makhzor we have used in our High Holy Days services for the past several years. It features a four-column format, new translations in contemporary language, and a commentary providing historical context, kavanot, poetry, and prose. It includes the traditional liturgy along with historical commentary, readings, and poems. The siddur has a section with all the rituals, blessings and songs that are central to the home celebration of Shabbat. An Appendix filled with songs and readings for the festivals also includes poems, meditations, and blessings to celebrate the traditional moments in Jewish life as well as those that have become an essential part of contemporary life. The siddur is both more traditional and more contemporary than any previous Conservative siddur. The editors looked at each service, thinking through how it was composed, how the tradition around it developed, what customs were dropped by later editors that can be reincorporated, and what contemporary ideas can respond to the traditional text.
Siddur Lev Shalem features transliteration for most of the Hebrew prayers we say aloud.
The new siddur and our Etz Hayim chumash together would be too tight a fit if placed into one book holder. We plan to alternate the two books in each row of seats. The new siddur will be worth the reach if you do not see one immediately at your seat.
The new (red) siddur weighs one-half pound more than our old (blue) Sim Shalom. If after trying it, you find the additional weight problematic, you may prefer to continue using Sim Shalom. The Hebrew prayers are essentially identical. We will keep copies of Sim Shalom in the Ohel Aharon (the sanctuary) and the Goodman Chapel for you, with new page numbers added so you can follow along easily.