Siddur Ba-eir Hei-teiv --- The Transliterated Siddur

An Overview of the Transliterated Siddur Print E-mail
Written by Jordan Lee Wagner   
Tuesday, 04 February 1997 19:00

The Transliterated Siddur is entitled "Siddur Ba-Eir Hei-Teiv --- The Transliterated Siddur".  The phrase, "Ba-eir Hei-teiv" comes from the Bible and means "clearly presented".

The Transliterated Siddur is good for Friday nights and Saturday mornings.  These are the most widely attended services, because they are Sabbath services. The Transliterated Siddur is not good for Sabbaths that are coincident with Festivals; only for regular Sabbaths.  The Transliterated Siddur also includes common daily blessings.  I plan to add the weekday services, Sabbath table-songs, common blessings, Festivals, and more. 

The Transliterated Siddur
differs from other Jewish prayer books in several ways:


  • It includes the complete Friday evening and Saturday morning services in transliteration.  This means that the sounds of the Hebrew are spelled out using the English alphabet.  This enables anyone to follow the service.  This is intended as a welcoming incentive to deeper study (and love of) Judaism, and toward participation in Jewish communal life.
  • Because so many prayers are common to several different kinds of services, and because some prayers even occur several times within the same service, most Jewish prayer books make the reader flip around the book to follow the service.  This reduces the number of pages that must be printed.  But "Siddur Ba-Eir Hei-Teiv --- The Transliterated Siddur" does not do this.  You can follow the service simply by "turning the pages" in order.
  • The Transliterated Siddur includes instructions for the traditional "body language" (standing, sitting, bowing, etc.), and includes the traditional congregational responses that aren't usually included in the printed text.  All this increases the worshipper's comfort and ability to participate.

Certain parts of the service require the presence of a quorum, called a minyan.  They are omitted in the absence of a minyan.  These parts of the service are noted in the Transliterated Siddur.  Links are provided for you to optionally skip over these parts.

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