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Old 06-12-2013, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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What siddur(im) (Jewish ritual prayerbook) do you use or would recommend?

I like the Koren Sacks siddur, it's easy to read and compact yet contains everything. The commentary is informative and not overly ideological. I wish there was an interlinear version!

I don't really like the Conservative Sim Shalom because the translations are often politically correct and inaccurate, as though they're counting on the people reading it to not understand what the Hebrew is actually saying.

Artscroll is okay, and I like their interlinear versions. However their commentary is very idealogical ("women should not" instead of "women are exempt") and assumes an ultra-Orthodox worldview, as though it was THE worldview of everyone who follows the Torah. I'm not comfortable with their Ashkenazified transliteration, which is even present in their Nusach Sefard edition!

I'm interested in knowing about other siddurim.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:28 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I can't really help.

I've used the same ones you have listed, as well as the Conservative's Siddur Hadash. It is only for Shabbat and festivals, and suffers from the same issues that are found in Sim Shalom.
Out of the ones I have, I prefer the Koren Sacks.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Siddur Avodat Israel printed by Sinai Publishing in Israel.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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Artscroll is okay, and I like their interlinear versions. However their commentary is very idealogical ("women should not" instead of "women are exempt") and assumes an ultra-Orthodox worldview, as though it was THE worldview of everyone who follows the Torah.
It was the worldview of the Anshei Knesses Hagdolah who compiled the Siddur.

My recommendation, for what it's worth, is to learn to read Hebrew so you don't need a transliterated Siddur at all. As per instructions, "women are exempt" or "women should not" I don 't know what instructions you're referring to, unless it's the bracha "shelo asanu isha", in which case it IS 'women should not' recite this bracha.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I don't need transliteration, however my Hebrew is not so great that I can do without a translation. I know a lot of Modern Hebrew but I'm not completely fluent.

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My recommendation, for what it's worth, is to learn to read Hebrew so you don't need a transliterated Siddur at all. As per instructions, "women are exempt" or "women should not" I don 't know what instructions you're referring to.
I'm referring to מצוות עשה שהזמן גרמא "mitzvot aseh shehazman grama" (positive time-bound commandments) like wearing tallit (prayer shawl) and tefillin (prayer boxes). Women were traditionally exempt from performing these commandments but IMO it's a chiddush to say that women wearing them is assur (forbidden).
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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So censor your siddur. Cross it off and change the words to "exempt". I don't see what the big deal is. One needs a siddur for davening. Everything else is superfluous. Decide how you want to daven--nusach sfard or ashkenaz and buy a siddur accordingly.

If they used the words "assur" without providing a source, call them up and ask them why they used the word "assur".
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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I'm no help. I love Sim Shalom.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:10 PM
 
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I use Tehillat Hashem (Nusach Ha-Ari Zal), though I've never heard of this anywhere else. Is it out of print now?

My mom gave me this a long time ago, and now it proves helpful for many different occasions.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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That's the Chabad siddur. You can find it at every Chabad House, or at their publishing house, Kehot.
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:50 PM
 
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I'm a goy, but, for what it's worth, I like Ha Siddur Ha Shalem by Philip Birnbaum and Daily Prayer Book by the late Dr. Joseph Hertz, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire.
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