Renew Our Hearts

Announcing a new collaboration between Bayit and Ben Yehuda Press — the working title is Renew Our Hearts: A Siddur for Shabbat Day. This is our second joint liturgical publishing project (our first is the shiva volume Beside Still Waters: A Journey of Comfort and Renewal, due summer 2018.)

Renew Our Hearts: A Siddur for Shabbat Day is a Jewish renewal siddur containing liturgy for Shabbat morning (including shacharit / morning worship as well as a renewing approach to musaf / Shabbat’s “additional” service), Shabbat afternoon (mincha), and Saturday evening (ma’ariv / the evening service and havdalah / the prayers that bring Shabbat to its close.)

Like Beside Still Waters, Renew Our Hearts balances tradition with innovation. In this volume you’ll find the words of the classical prayers in the matbeah tefilah (the traditional order of prayer), as well as contemplative variations and abbreviated chants for those who prefer to go deeper into fewer words. Alongside the classical prayers you’ll also find contemporary poetry arising out of the themes of the liturgy, visual art and photography designed to open the heart and stir the soul, and new prayers composed to bring the tradition’s themes and imagery to life. To ensure accessibility, every word of Hebrew is paired with transliteration and with clear, pray-able English translation.

Renew Our Hearts is designed for use in homes, in congregations and independent minyanim, on Shabbat hikes, in contemplative Shabbat settings: wherever you experience the rhythms of Shabbat day, from morning until night.

Includes work by Trisha Arlin, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, Ze’ev Barkan, Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Rabbi Daniel Brenner, Rabbi Lewis John Eron, Shir Yaakov Feit, Lev Friedman, Jonathan Gibbs, Rabbi Jill Hammer, Rabbi Burt Jacobson, Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan, Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman, Rabbi Evan Krame, Rabbi Janet Madden, Rabbi David Markus, Mark Nazimova, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, Susan R. Schurr, Kohenet Taya Shere, Rabbi Jennifer Singer, Donna Tukel, Rabbi Shohama Harris Wiener, and Rabbi David Zaslow.

Stay tuned for release date, cover art, and pre-order information.