Rosh Hashana is one of the most important holidays of the Jewish year yet, because of its length, it is not always the meaningful and transformative experience it is supposed to be.
Like the siddur, this new Mahzor provides a spiritual guide to the different services through Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’s translation, introduction and commentary.
Those familiar with Rabbi Sacks’s weekly commentary on the parsha will recognize his powerful style and all will appreciate the introduction and the Chief Rabbi’s ability to provide insights that are most valuable to modern man or woman as they seek “to understand their place in the world and their places before God”.
The Mahzor shares a number of features with the Koren Sacks Siddur:
– The Hebrew on the left and the English translation on the right – I have already commented here that this is not a problem at all.
– An unambiguous and exhaustive table of contents that helps us navigate the prayer book.
– A very clear layout with more paragraphs than in most siddurim, distinguishing poetry from prose.
– References to Biblical passages in the margin next to the text and not in the footnotes.
– The commentary at the bottom of each page and the additional explanations at the end of the siddur.
In addition to the prayers and blessings to be said at home during the High Holidays, the Koren Sacks Rosh Hashana Mahzor provides the blessings for the Rosh Hashana seder, additional piyutim and a Halakh Guide.
The Koren Sacks Rosh Hashana Mahzor will certainly be a welcome addition to the Mahzorim already in use and should soon prove to be as valuable as the Koren Sacks Siddur for those looking for a Mahzor that provides the necessary understanding of the High Holidays.
I want to thank Koren Publishers for sending me a review copy of the Koren Sacks Rosh Hashana Mahzor.