Book Praise

Halleli Nafshi: A Weekday Siddur for Children, edited by Rabbi Amy Bardack and Rabbi Beth Naditch (Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, Aug.) is the traditional prayer book redesigned to be accessible to children. Big, bold typography and colorful pictures drawn by Solomon Schechter students fill the pages. Prayers are accompanied by kid-friendly translations as well as thought-provoking questions and explanations to “spark reflection and discussion.”

~ Publishers Weekly, May 23, 2012

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“The collaborative effort of Rabbi Amy Bardack and Rabbi Beth Naditch, Halleli Nafshi- A Weekday Siddur for Children is a bilingual (English/Hebrew) work offering young readers gender-neutral, interpretive translations focusing on central meanings for each prayer, and kavannot (meditations) fostering personal reflection. Halleli Nafshi provides explanatory introductions to each section of tefillot and child-accessible, poetic language enhanced with full color illustrations by children. Embellished with a glossary of English religious words and symbols of choreography, Halleli Nafshi is a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal, family, and synagogue Children's Judaic Studies Literature reference collections.”

~ Midwest Book Review, Children’s Book Watch, August 2012

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“This is an elegant, versatile, and user friendly siddur that can serve in a day school setting as well as in supplemental schools and for junior congregations. Created by the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, it is appropriate for all non-Orthodox settings and may be used in modern Orthodox settings as well. Some especially attractive features of this siddur include: a child-friendly size and shape, a colorful, easy-to-clean cover, beautiful and relevant student-made illustrations, English translations and interpretations that children can understand and relate to, meditations or kavannot for many of the prayers that will help children personalize the prayer experience, helpful, unobtrusive headings for the blessings of the amidah, and elegant and easily legible fonts in both English and Hebrew. Most of the prayer texts are complete but some of the psalms are excerpted. However, any skilled tefillah leader could supplement the texts in this siddur with the full texts as desired in any particular setting. Despite the price tag, this new siddur is highly recommended for all day schools, Hebrew schools, and junior congregations.”

~ Association of Jewish Libraries, Nov-Dec Newsletter, 2012

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“I believe that Halleli Nafshi is one of the most remarkable siddurim ever created, certainly for children, and possibly for adults. The siddur succeeds in integrating art, color, text, commentary, meditation, and exercises for spiritual growth, all into one coherent whole. The editors have succeeded in transforming the siddur into a workbook for spiritual development, which I believe was one of the original intentions of our prayers.”

~ Rabbi Josh Elkin, Founding Director, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education

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“We have long needed a prayer book suitable for young children, and now we have one. Halleli Nafshi is a marvel. Its decor is esthetically appealing, and its translations give young worshippers the message that the prayers articulate their deepest hopes and concerns.”

~ Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People