New Koren Siddur: First Impressions

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I received the new Koren Sacks Siddur last week and started using it after Shabbat. I had already reviewed this siddur but it is one thing to know about something and quite another to actually experience it. Here are my first impressions about the new siddur.

– The Hebrew on the left and the English translation on the right. I had read about this in one or two articles where people said it had taken them five minutes to get used to this new organisation. As far as I am concerned I guess it took me about thirty seconds. It just feels natural.

– A very clear layout with more paragraphs than in most siddurim.

– References to Biblical passges in the margin next to the text and not in footnotes. This means you are not distracted from the text if you wish to know where a passage originally comes from.

– The commentary at the bottom of each page and the additional explanations at the end of the siddur.

I have noticed a few differences between the original British Sacks Siddur and the Koren Sacks Siddur.

The ones I like:
– In the Amidah, the optional paragraph when you wish to add personal requests is in the middle of the blessing and not after which is more logical and convenient.
– The table of contents is slightly different and more explicit. I feel it is much easier to find a particular prayer.

The ones I don’t like so much:
– No paragraph for air or sea travelers in the Tefilat HaDerech (traveler’s prayer).
– No shorter form of grace after the Birkat Hamazon (grace after meals).

So far I have found it very user-friendly and reckon I am going to adopt it as my daily siddur.

12 thoughts on “New Koren Siddur: First Impressions

  1. That is so nice that it works for you!

    Regarding Tefilat HaDerech, we have laminated copies that we keep in our cars. So when we get on the highway for a long trip, my husband says “Tefilat HaDerech time” and I (or one of my sons) reads the laminated cardboard prayer. Is there a different version for air and sea? I didn’t even know.

  2. What an excellent post and review. I’m so glad to see this!

    There seems to be a lot of positive aspects, according to you.

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  4. The siddur seems to be sold out in its standard version both at amazon.fr and at amazon.co.uk, and the compact size edition is also not available till end of July…

    But thanks for your comments, I was mostly worried about Hebrew being on the left side while we are so used to have it on the right…

    Yaakov-Meir

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