Table of Contents

Siddur Eit Ratzon includes the traditional prayers for all Shabbat, festival, and weekday services with a few exceptions (e.g., not all psalms of P'sukei d'Zimrah) and modifications (e.g., inclusion of the imahot — mothers). It also includes new prayers, kavvanot, and meditations that enhance the traditional service.



Table of Contents


Introduction to Original Edition iv
Dedication v
Eit Ratzon - A Brief History v
Acknowledgements vi

User's Guide 1

  1. Theological Perspective 1
  2. A Spiritual Journey 3
  3. An Invitation to Prayer 4
  4. Meditations 5
  5. Format of the Siddur 6
  6. Hebrew Text of the Siddur 7
  7. Structure of the Morning Service on Shabbat and Festivals 7
  8. Using the Siddur for All Services 8

Morning Blessings (Birchot HaShachar) 9

Songs of Praise (P'sukei d'Zimrah) 19

Nishmat Kol Chai 35
Shochein Ad 39

Morning Service (Shacharit) 42

Bar'chu 42
The Sh'ma 51
Shabbat and Festival Amidah 58

Torah Service 75

Taking the Torah out of the Ark 75
Blessings for Torah 79
Mi Shebeirach Blessings 80
Blessings for Haftarah 84
Prayer for Peace 86
Rosh Chodesh Announcement 87
Ashrei 88
Returning the Torah to the Ark 90

Musaf Amidah 93

Conclusion of Service 107

Ein kEiloheinu 107
Aleinu 108
Mourner's Kaddish 111
Adon Olam 112
Kiddush 113

Prayers for Special Occasions 114

Hallel 114
Psalm 27 (for Elul) 123
Kaddish d'Rabbanan 125
Shir Ha Kavod (Anim Zmirot) 126
Yizkor 128
Psalm 23 131

Prayers for Specific Festivals 133

Sukkot - Lulav/Etrog and Hoshanot 133
Sh'mini Atzeret - T'fillat Geshem 134
Simchat Torah - Attah Horeita 135
Simchat Torah - Hakkafot 137
Simchat Torah - Songs for Hakkafot 138
Pesach - T'fillat Tal 140
Pesach - Yom l'Yabbasha 141
Pesach - Shirat HaYam (Az Yashir) 142
Shavuot - Akdamut 144

Kabbalat Shabbat 145

Y'did Nefesh 145
L'Chah Dodi 152

Evening Service 157

Bar'chu 157
The Sh'ma 159
Shabbat and Festival Amidah 166
Magein Avot v'Imahot 175
Kiddush for Shabbat 177
Kiddush for Festivals 178
Aleinu 179
Mouner's Kaddish 182
Yigdal 183

Havdalah 184

Weekday Amidah 185


Addenda

A Guide for the Guide 198

  1. For the service leader 198
  2. Sample traditional service 198
  3. For the meditation leader 200
  4. Sample meditation service 201

Indices 202

  • Biblical References 202
  • Glossary of Hebrew terms 203
  • Index of Guideposts 206
  • Index of Perspectives 206
  • Key to Transliteration and Pronunciation 207

Prayers Added in Later Printings 208

  • B'rachot for T'fillin 209
  • Readings from Nehemiah and Exodus 210
  • Uva l'Tziyyon Goeil 211
  • Abbreviated Torah Service 214
  • Counting of the Omer 215
  • Prayers of Mourning and Consolation 217
  • Selections from Pirkei Avot 220
  • Shalom Aleichem 222