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The Koren Sacks Siddur: Hebrew/English Prayerbook for Shabbat & Holidays with Translation and Commentary

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The Koren Sacks Siddur is the first new Orthodox Hebrew/English siddur in a generation. The Siddur marks the culmination of years of rabbinic scholarship, exemplifies Koren's tradition of textual accuracy and intuitive graphic design, and offers an illuminating translation, introduction and commentary by one of the world's leading Jewish thinkers, Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks. ...more
Hardcover, 1244 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Koren Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Bill
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have gone through using a number of different siddurs in my time, but I suspect this will now remain my go-to for years to come. While I have long used the Artscroll siddur, I switched to Koren for three main reasons. First, I've grown uncomfortable with the perspective of "Rabbi Artscroll," which I see as sometimes revisionist and overly right wing in its translations and commentary. Second, which is tied to the first, the Koren is much less problematic vis a vis the role of women. Third, I f ...more
Benjamin Sevitt
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read this many times, though admittedly not all the way through. I tend to reread the same bits over and over again.
C. Varn
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I still use transliterated Siddurs for my personal davening, but the Koren Sacks Siddur is an excellent translation with Rabbi Sacks' modern Orthodox sensibilities in mind. The commentary and translation are extremely Enlightening and enrich my prayers. Koren's excellent layout and very clear font set really help for trying to improve my Hebrew. Sacks' commentary is very helpful.
Keenan
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just wanted to say a couple things about this siddur.

First off, I think it's probably the best siddur on the market for an English speaker. I particularly like how the English translations are modern, even though the words don't flow as well for me, since I'm more used to the Art Scroll Wasserman siddur. This is the best siddur for those of us that strongly identify with the zionist movement, as there are actually prayers for certain aspects of being in Israel, as well as (and most importantl
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Aryeh
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reviewing a number of siddurim, trying to find one that works best for me. This one is in the top three, possibly the top two. I've got a lot of great things to say about it: the specialized font is both beautiful and easy to follow, the translations are understandable, and the footnotes lead the davener to want to study (what could be a better compliment?!). Downfalls are the expected: lack of inclusivity and little transliteration. The weak points in no way take away from the strong. ...more
Amy
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I switch it up with prayer books to help lift prayer out of routine and learn new ways of understanding the translations. That's why this is on "needs a companion" book shelf.

When I pray with this book there are places where I need to substitute what it says in the text, because my prayers need to include the names of women and all other people in the world, not just Jewish men and the Jewish people.

This book has wonderful commentary and a beautiful layout. It is also helpful to understand the h
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Mark
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sacks' Siddur is one of the best arranged and has one of the cleanest translations I have seen to date. But while one cannot say that they actually "read" a siddur, especially cover to cover, the introduction written by Sacks is one of the best introductions to Jewish prayer that I have ever read. Sacks brings extensive knowledge, not only of Judaism, but also of a vast array of disciplines, together with great eloquence, in all of his writing. This is a must have on any Jewish bookshelf.
Gie Vleugels
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear font, color of paper is gentle to the eyes (not too white!), nicely organised.
Downside: little more than just text and translation of prayers. The Artscroll Wasserman edition adds plenty of useful comments.
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Jonathan Henry Sacks, Baron Sacks, Kt is the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. His Hebrew name is Yaakov Zvi.

As the spiritual head of the United Synagogue, the largest synagogue body in the UK, he is the Chief Rabbi of the mainstream British orthodox synagogues, but not the religious authority for the Federation of Synagogues or the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congre
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