Aharon Varady writes,
Siddur Livnat HaSapir l’Kabbalat Shabbat is a complete prayerbook (siddur) for welcoming the Shabbat on nearly all Friday evenings. This is my personal prayerbook containing my idiosyncratic preferences in liturgical custom and aesthetic presentation. I compiled it to remind myself of the deeply magical and mysterious themes of Shabbat on just those Friday nights when I’ve lost myself and any sense of wonder. This siddur, my first, is an attempt to build a bridge to the land beyond the River Sambatyon, by which I mean, the sanctuary of Judaism’s cultural imagination. In my translation I have sought to elevate and evoke the magical and mythical over any other critical literal or historical reading. I’m sure the first thing people will notice is that Siddur Livnat haSapir might have more illustrations than many other siddurim they’ve encountered. They are landmarks in a map filled with the treasured insights I’m desperate to remind myself of when I become too hardened to dream of the world I wish to live and love in. I only hope that whether one is impressed or dissatisfied, it will inspire those who discover it to craft their own siddur. I encourage others to craft a prayerbook containing the wisdom, understanding, and insight they have gleaned throughout their lives, to use it as a tool to develop their creative and emotional intelligence, and to pass it along to others in a way that others can adapt it to their own personal contexts.
Copyright: Aharon N. Varady (CC BY-SA)
Publisher: Dimus Parrhesia Press
Published: January 27, 2018
Language: Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic, and English. Some Greek and Ge’ez.
Binding: Hardcover (casewrap)
Interior: Ink Full color
Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Dimensions: (inches) 6 wide x 9 tall