Prayerbooks – Siddur Lev Shalem


We inaugurated Siddur Lev Shalem (The Complete Heart Prayer Book) during worship services in March of 2016. The prayer book is just the latest in the on-going efforts of the Rabbinical Assembly to create worship tools that address the evolving needs of Conservative Jews in the English-speaking world. Siddur Lev Shalem is the companion of Mahzor Lev Shalem, brought to light in 2010; the latter a prayer book for the High Holy Days, the former for Shabbat and Festivals.

Ohev Sholom began using the Mahzor shortly after publication, and our congregation again is on the very ground floor in acquiring the Siddur. None of this could have been accomplished without the support of the Denton Prayer Book Fund, the many individuals and families dedicating books to loved ones, and the concentrated efforts of our Worship Committee.

About the Lev Shalem Series

In the tradition of Mahzor Lev Shalem, the siddur includes an extraordinary array of sources and commentary — historical, halakhic, and spiritual. While the siddur includes all the traditional prayers, psalms, and songs that are familiar from previous Conservative siddurim, it serves also as an anthology, offering a wide array of readings that can be used to celebrate Shabbat as well as material for study about Shabbat.

The siddur presents a highly readable translation in contemporary language; it respects English usage and may even be inspiring to the English reader. As with the mahzor, the English is a more literal translation of the Hebrew, with similar line breaks in English and Hebrew so that congregants can easily go back and forth between the two languages. In addition, all of the blessings, psalms, and songs are transliterated to enable Jews from all backgrounds to fully participate in the welcoming of Shabbat and the extensive commentary is geared to both the novice and the learned, offering both historical insight and spiritual meaning.

You can read more about series on the website of the Rabbinical Assembly.