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"Machzor Eit Ratzon?" Details

Welcome to the home page of Siddur Eit Ratzon & Machzor Eit Ratzon

Jewish prayerbooks that you can use for all services

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  • Siddur Eit Ratzon for Shabbat, festival, and daily services
  • Machzor Eit Ratzon for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services
  • pocket-sized edition of Siddur Eit Ratzon for weekday services
  • regular sized weekday edition of Siddur Eit Ratzon
  • weekday evening edition of Siddur Eit Ratzon for shiva minyan services
  • Friday evening edition of Siddur Eit Ratzon for congregational services
  • see photograph of first three prayerbooks below

Eit Ratzon has a four-column format, with the traditional Hebrew text, a complete transliteration, a new translation that focuses on conveying the meaning of the prayers (as well as the meaning of the words), and a column of commentaries designed to answer a variety of types of questions, from "what is going on in this part of the service?" to "what is the spiritual meaning of this prayer?" It has a spiritual focus, reflected in the many kavvanot, meditations, and new prayers that appear on its pages.

Although it has the traditional text, Siddur Eit Ratzon is not just a conventional prayerbook. Its pages will provide you both information and inspiration. Finally, here’s a book that will open your mind and heart to the wonderful spiritual treasures of the Jewish tradition of prayer.

If you’ve ever felt you wanted a more personal connection to Jewish prayer services, you’ll find it in Siddur Eit Ratzon. Whatever obstacles you may have to meaningful prayer, this siddur will help you overcome them and help you connect with the rich spiritual tradition that has sustained our people for centuries.

  • If you are new to Jewish prayer, the complete transliteration and guideposts will enable you to participate fully in communal prayer services.
  • If you have been reciting the prayers for years without connecting with what they say, the new translations and new commentaries will help make our people’s prayers meaningful to you.
  • If you are seeking the spiritual messages of the prayers, the kavvanot (brief focusing prayers) and meditations will help you discover and travel along the spiritual journey that was envisioned by the authors of the prayers.

Right now, discover how you can use Siddur Eit Ratzon for study, for personal prayer, or for communal prayer, by clicking on the links above. Each link will take you to a fuller explanation of how this siddur can lead you to deeper insights about Jewish prayer and services.

If your congregation includes people with diverse backgrounds and diverse perspectives, Siddur Eit Ratzon will enhance the ability of congregants and visitors to participate in the services, whether it is adopted for use by the congregation or whether it is used in conjunction with the siddur currently in use. Siddur Eit Ratzon has been adopted by 30 congregations and multiple copies are used in another 50 congregations (all listed ) for learners' services, adult education programs, conversion classes, outreach efforts, and as a companion to the congregational siddur.

Eit Ratzon means “The Right Time for Prayer,” and its perspective is that every moment is the right time for prayer – that whenever we call out, God is present. God is always available to us, God's blessings are always flowing to us, and the prayer service enables us to be aware continually of God's presence and blessings.

Siddur Eit Ratzon and Machzor Eit Ratzon have the following four columns on each page

  • the Hebrew text
  • a complete transliteration
  • a new translation
  • a variety of commentaries

Siddur Eit Ratzon and Machzor Eit Ratzon were created by Joseph G. Rosenstein.

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