Siddur Lev Shalem FAQs

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Thursday February 20, 2014

How is Siddur Lev Shalem being shipped?
The goal of matching the size and weight Siddur Lev Shalem with Mahzor Lev Shalem was attained within one ounce. The siddur weighs 2 lbs, 1 oz and will be packed 12 books per carton, each carton weighing 28 pounds including packing and the carton itself. For shipping other than by UPS, contact our distributor, G&H Soho at 201-216-9400 ext. 118 or books@rabbinicalassembly.org.

How much transliteration is included in Siddur Lev Shalem?
There is far more transliteration than in any previous Conservative siddur and more was added in response to concerns expressed by colleagues in evaluations of First Fruits, the preliminary edition of the siddur. In addition, the typeface of the transliterated text was made considerably easier to read. 

What is the size and format of the siddur?

The siddur is a twin of the mahzor in terms of its dimensions, the high quality paper, four column format and number of pages (466 double-pages). The right hand page and the left hand page share the same number. For referencing in the luach, the pages are referred to as “a” and “b” where necessary to denote the right and left sides of the page. The color of the siddur cover is a deep red as you can see on the website with gold lettering. It is stunning! 

Is there a weekday minhah in the siddur?
The siddur includes both a weekday minhah and a weekday arvit with a havdalah service. It does not, however, include a weekday shaharit service.

Will there be a weekday version of Siddur Lev Shalem?
At this point there is no plan to produce a weekday Lev Shalem and congregations are still able to use Sim Shalom or Sim Shalom for Weekdays for daily services. But the RA is planning to keep both Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals and Sim Shalom for Weekdays in print. Both books were reprinted in 2014 and are available for purchase on the RA website.

Will there be a braille version of the new siddur?
To date we have been unable to determine whether the unique four column nature of the mahzor and siddur will be adaptable to braille.

Is there duchaning in Siddur Lev Shalem?
In addition to the English and Hebrew text and instructions for duchaning, the musaf service for festivals also includes a full column of background information and further details of how to perform  this ancient ritual.

How does the siddur incorporate shir hashirim?
Selections from Shir haShirim appear at the very beginning of Kabbalat Shabbat and are followed by all of the familiar psalms in the traditional order. In some cases a selection from Shir haShirim will appear in the fourth column as a commentary on the theme of the psalm that appears in the second and third columns.

Are Friday night home rituals included in the siddur?
This siddur was designed to be a book for the home and the synagogue. Candle lighting appears at the beginning of the Kabbalat Shabbat service. All the other home rituals for Friday night including a full birkat hamazon and a wide array of table songs appear in a separate, extensive Shabbat ba’Bayit section. 

Does Siddur Lev Shalem include the text of Pirke Avot?
All six chapters of Mishna Avot appear in the siddur in the four column format. The first column will include excerpts from a commentary by our colleague Rabbi Gordon Tucker and the fourth column will include excerpts from a Hebrew commentary by our colleague Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum that has been translated into English by our colleague Rabbi Peretz Rodman. Both commentaries will appear in full in a stand-alone version of Pirke Avot to be published by the RA in 2016 that will include an English translation by our colleague Rabbi Martin Cohen who is also serving as literary editor of that book.

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