page is complete, taking you from printed text to feeling, from feeling
to intent, from intent toward the Presence of the Divine.
—Mitchell Chefitz, author of The Seventh Telling and The Thirty-third Hour
Joe Rosenstein's siddur is a wonderful new resource for all those who
want the Jewish prayerbook to speak to them as well as to God. The
gender-inclusive language and user-friendly format provides an
accessible entry into the world of the traditional siddur. Even those
well-versed in the traditional Hebrew liturgy will find much in this
siddur to re-invigorate and renew their prayer life. Especially useful
are the many aids to meditation and contemplative experience within the
service. And it is refreshing to find a prayerbook free of ideology and
—Dr. Ellen Frankel is the Editor-in-Chief of The Jewish Publication Society and the author of The Five Books of Miriam.
I have examined Siddur Eit Ratzon and davened with it. This siddur is a
superb contribution to Jewish life. The editor, Joseph Rosenstein, has
fashioned a tool for spiritual experience, stimulating genuine
kavvanah. It is serious and deep, yet highly usable, uplifting, and
richly personal. The siddur reflects Joe's years of meditative practice
and his deep knowledge of liturgy and traditional texts. He has a
wonderfully light touch, conveying much without burdening the davener.
His goal throughout is to intensify the prayer experience-and he
suceeds marvelously. This siddur is in a class by itself.
—Daniel Matt, author of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition
Not all times are equal to allow us to enter into a
true prayer-space. We need an eit ratzon, a time of gentle receptivity
for our prayer. Not every siddur enables us to enter a true
prayer-space. But Siddur Eit Ratzon does. It allows us to go beyond the
words and place ourselves in the presence of the living God.
—Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, author of Jewish with Feeling
Your siddur is such an interesting combination of
frum and free. I love it's ability to throw off the girdle constricting
davening today. And, bottom line, I love this siddur. It is
inspirational in the best sense of the word; it allows us to reclaim
davening for the open-heart experience it was meant to be. I used it
days after each other to see if I would get tired of the text. It
seemed to me that there was always some new tidbit I had missed in an
earlier reading. And the translations are beautiful and true, giving
new resonance to the original Hebrew. Yasher koach, Joe.
—-Sharon Strassfeld, co-author of The Jewish Catalog (First, Second, and Third)
Siddur Eit Ratzon serves as a "Shabbat and Festival
Morning companion" to Siddur Chaveirim Kol Yisraeil, a Friday night
siddur edited by the Progressive Chavurah/Siddur Committee and
published by Ktav, 2000. However, Siddur Eit Ratzon goes one step
further. While Siddur Chaveirim Kol Yisraeil was intended to reflect a
multiplicity of practices, viewpoints, and interpretations from several
contributors, Joe's single voice in the commentary and translation
reflects his own thinking about critical issues of theology and
spirituality. He poses and answers questions such as "Does God
micromanage the universe?" and "Does prayer work?" He recognizes that
modern circumstances suggest new prayers reflecting the needs of
liberal Jews and communities to offer prayers of petition, praise, and
remembrance. In cases where Joe has taken poetic liberties with the
Hebrew texts or English translations, he notes the more traditional or
literal renditions in the commentary. Often the explanations for his
"changes" leave the reader to wonder if they are really "changes back"
to what the prayer should have said in the first place. As we did with
Siddur Chaveirim Kol Yisraeil, Joe's work with Siddur Eit Ratzon
continues the process of creating a trans-denominational liturgy that
makes prayer more meaningful and accessible to seekers and worshippers
of all backgrounds.
—Mark Frydenberg, Editor, Siddur Chaveirim Kol Yisraeil