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[Sephardic Hebrew see-door; Ashkenazic Hebrew si-duh r, si-doo r; English sid-er] /Sephardic Hebrew siˈdur; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈsɪ dər, sɪˈdʊər; English ˈsɪd ər/
noun, plural siddurim
[Sephardic Hebrew see-doo-reem; Ashkenazic Hebrew si-doo -rim] /Sephardic Hebrew si duˈrim; Ashkenazic Hebrew sɪˈdʊ rɪm/ (Show IPA).
English, siddurs. Hebrew.
a Jewish prayer book designed for use chiefly on days other than festivals and holy days; a daily prayer book.
Compare mahzor.
siddūr literally, arrangement Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for siddurim


/siːˈduːr; English ˈsɪdʊə/
noun (pl) -durim (-duːˈriːm) -durs
(Judaism) the Jewish prayer book
Word Origin
literally: order
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Encyclopedia Article for siddurim


Jewish prayer book, which contains the entire Jewish liturgy used on the ordinary sabbath and on weekdays for domestic as well as synagogue ritual. It is distinguished from the mahzor, which is the prayer book used for the High Holidays. The prayers and benedictions of a siddur breathe Old Testament sentiments of praise, thanksgiving, petition, intercession, acknowledgment of sin, and prayers for forgiveness; numerous short verses from the Psalms express these religious feelings. Because tradition long allowed the addition of new prayers and hymns (piyyutim) to voice contemporary needs and aspirations, the siddurim reflect Jewish religious history expressed in liturgy and prayers. Thus, the Exodus still remains the central theme of Passover, a symbol and a sign of hope and trust in God.

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