Unfamiliarity with the Hebrew liturgy is an obstacle which keeps many from experiencing the joy and ruach
of participating fully in their synagogue services. This website's aim is to help people acquire the skills to overcome
The idea for this project first started when our shul decided to update our siddurim to
the new "Siddur Sim Shalom" published jointly by the Rabbinical Assembly and United Synagogue
(©1998). Since we needed to update our instructional audio tapes to reflect our current siddur's new page numbers,
I took the opportunity to make new recordings to teach the congregation some alternative melodies for many of the
prayers we daven during our services. And since fewer and fewer people have those "antiquated" cassette recorders anymore,
I researched how to produce digital recordings of the liturgy.
After going "digital" with the recordings, I realized that with a little more effort I could make these audio clips available for
download via the internet. This would make the material accessible to many more people (as well as avoid the expense and
effort of media duplication.) That's when I understood what a powerful teaching tool a dedicated "Siddur Audio" website could become --
and so "SiddurAudio.com" was born.
My goal was to get most of the liturgy uploaded, including the home rituals, Torah trop, zemirot, etc.
So far, most of these objectives have been achieved. Recently, audio CD's of the siddur clips were made
available for those who wanted to have easier access to the sound tracks and avoid the cumbersome process of
downloading and saving all the individual tracks.
It is my hope that many of you will benefit from this new learning tool that will in turn create a more siddur-proficient
and knowledgeable Jewish community. And by mastering the liturgy, hopefully you will be able to heighten your sense of
Jewish spirituality and enhance your kavanah (inner devotion) during your own prayers.
Rabbi Mark Zimmerman
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