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Pocket-size weekday Eit Ratzon!

A magical email just arrived in my inbox from Joe Rosenstein, the creator of Siddur Eit Ratzon and Machzor Eit Ratzon:


I am pleased to announce that, in response to many of your suggestions,
I have prepared a pocket size weekday version of Siddur Eit Ratzon.

You will be able to carry this siddur with you wherever you go.  I hope
this will enable you to replicate during the entire week the positive
Shabbat prayer experiences that you have told me were made possible by
Siddur Eit Ratzon.

This siddur will have the same four-column format as Siddur Eit Ratzon.
Indeed, although there are many new and revised pages, most of the pages in this siddur are the same as those in the regular version of the siddur … but they are smaller.  To make the siddur more portable, the pages are reduced to 5.25 x 6.5 inches and the cover is paper. It has 144 double pages and a made-to-last sewn binding.

The prepublication price for a single copy is $22, ($18 plus $4 shipping and handling), to addresses within the United States.  (It’s $8 extra for Canada — and an extra $10 elsewhere.)

The siddur will go to the printer in a few weeks, and I expect to be
able to deliver copies in January 2012.

I encourage you to order copies for yourself *now* (and for your
friends) since the first printing will be limited. (You can give copies
as Chanukkah presents although they may arrive a few weeks late.)

Needless to say, this version of the siddur is also appropriate for
congregations as a daily prayer book and for shiva minyans.

Copies can be ordered at the Siddur website — newsiddur.org — just go
to the “Purchase” page; the middle box is for this new siddur.

Many thanks to all of you who have encouraged me and have thanked me for my efforts to make Jewish prayer more accessible and meaningful.

Joe Rosenstein

I have just ordered mine.


Machzor Eit Ratzon!

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Siddur Eit Ratzon, a shabat sidur created by Rutgers math professor Joe Rosenstein. It’s largely used in chavurot and indie minyan settings, though I’m convinced it’s a better sidur for Reform congregations than Mishkan T’filah (though it’s not trying to be and no one believes me). Joe just told sent me an e-mail:

If you check out the list of groups that are using Siddur Eit Ratzon (it’s under “for congregations” on the website), you will find that only a handful (about 5) of the 50 listed are “chavurah and indie minyan settings”–most are in fact regular synagogues.

I have just received word from Joe that work is almost complete on his machzor, Machzor Eit Ratzon, which is very exciting.

Joe will be at Limmud NY in a couple of weeks selling SER and he’ll have a few pages from the draft of MER for people to take a look at, but he has a question: What pages do you want to see? If you were going to buy a new machzor, what would be the important pages for you to take a look at?

Learn more about Joe and his sidur here.