Sid­dur Shaar Zahav: The All-Inclu­sive Siddur

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October 11, 2011
This is the first com­plete prayer book to address the lives and needs of LGBTQ as well as straight Jews. With over 600 beau­ti­ful­ly designed and art-filled pages, Sid­dur Sha’ar Zahav offers com­plete week­day, fes­ti­val and Shab­bat ser­vices, as well as spe­cial sec­tions of Brachot/​Blessings, Chesed v’Emet/​Remembrance, and Shirim/​Songs. Ground­ed in Reform the­ol­o­gy, Sid­dur Sha’ar Zahav draws on prayers and read­ings from every major Jew­ish move­ment and tra­di­tion. From new bless­ings cel­e­brat­ing all aspects of our lives – includ­ing health, fam­i­ly, bar/​bat mitz­vah, sex­u­al­i­ty and gen­der iden­ti­ty, join­ing or leav­ing a com­mu­ni­ty – to an entire sec­tion offer­ing com­fort dur­ing bereave­ment, this sid­dur offers a diverse and inclu­sive litur­gy inspir­ing to Jews of all gen­ders and sex­u­al­i­ties. It is a prayer book that can be used by con­gre­ga­tions and havurot, at shi­va minyans and joy­ous cel­e­bra­tions, and also at home for per­son­al reflec­tion and prayer. This book is not afraid to name the deep­est human expe­ri­ences,” says Con­gre­ga­tion Sha’ar Zahavs spir­i­tu­al leader, Rab­bi Camille Angel said. It invites us, all of us, to stand naked before God, to see — and to be seen.”

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