Siddur Authored by YU Faculty Wins Award

Koren Ani Tefilla Siddur Named National Jewish Book Award Winner

The Koren Ani Tefilla Siddur, the Hebrew/English weekday siddur [prayer book] with translation by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University, and commentary by Rabbi Dr. Jay Goldmintz, adjunct professor at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, has been named a Winner in the Jewish Book Council’s 2014 National Jewish Book Awards.

Ani Tefilla - Ashk openThe Koren Ani Tefilla Siddur is an engaging and thought-provoking siddur for the inquiring high school student and thoughtful adult. It is designed to stimulate an intellectual, visual, and emotional connection to the prayers for every user. The unique, multi-tier commentary consists of four categories: Biur Tefilla, Iyun Tefilla, Hilkhot Tefilla and Ani Tefilla, each designed to enrich one’s understanding and connection the prayers. Additional features include three different layouts for the amida [silent prayer] that allow users to maximize their concentration, inspiring narratives, a collection of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ on prayer, tips on enhancing one’s kavana [concentration], and more.

The Koren Ani Tefilla Siddur is part of the Koren Magerman Educational Siddur Series, published in cooperation with Yeshiva University. The series, named by YU Trustee Dr. David Magerman,  includes the Ani Tefilla Shabbat Siddur, the Koren Children’s Siddur (grades K-2) and the Koren Youth Siddur (grades 3-5).

“Our vision for the Ani Tefila siddur and the entire Koren Magerman Educational Siddur Series is to ensure that tefilla [prayer] is more than an exercise in reading but a meaning-making experience that advances a student’s relationship with God and develops a more robust and profound understanding of his or her creator, world and himself or herself,” said Dr. Scott Goldberg, vice provost of YU and chairman of the Koren Educational Editorial Board. “This award recognizes Ani Tefila as a must-have tool to enable and support tefilla for the individual and tefilla education for our schools and communities. Yeshiva University is proud to partner with Koren to produce this important series of siddurim.”

“These educational siddurim are inspiring and educating students of all ages, including a broad spectrum of adults, toward a more meaningful spiritual life and a more personal connection to God. We are all honored that the Jewish Book Council has recognized the Ani Tefilla as an enriching tool for North American Jewry,” said Dr. Daniel Rose, Koren’s director of educational projects.

The National Jewish Book Award program annually recognizes outstanding books of Jewish interest. It is the most prestigious and the longest running North American awards program of its kind.