Rosh Hashanah Machzor Buying Guide
When one thinks of Rosh Hashanah, they might think of the iconic actions like dipping apples into sweet honey, or the sound of a shofar blast. One might also think of all the prayer that happens over the two day holiday- where most of the day is spent in synagogue doing self-reflection and praying to be written in God's 'Book of Life', which is sealed ten days later on Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah prayers are unlike any other and require a special prayer book - machzor- which also includes Torah readings for the holiday. Not all machzors are the same which is why we created this guide, to help you pick out the perfect one.
Depending on where your ancestors are from, might determine which type of service you attend and which machzor will be appropriate. If your ancestors are from central and eastern Europe, you will probably attend an Ashkenazi prayer service. If they originate from Spanish and Arab countries, then you will probably go to a Sephardi synagogue. The differences between the two are slight, but it is important to follow your heritage and get the machzor that will guide you in the right way. All of the machzorim available come in both Ashkenazi and Sephardi tracts.
The Rosh Hashanah Machzor
We provide only the best machzorim produced in Israel from leading publishing companies Koren and Hadar Judaica. Koren provides beautiful Hebrew/English machzorim while Hadar Judaica publishes beautiful Hebrew machzorim sets not only for Rosh Hashanah, but also for other holidays throughout the year that require special prayer books. We have take our favorite options and compiled them into this list, so that you can have an enjoyable prayer service
If you're looking for something easy to follow with English, the Koren Sachs Machzor is just what you need. For this special machzor, Koren decided to worked with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of England, to create the best Hebrew/English Machzor available. Alongside the prayers and Torah readings, Rabbi Sacks has inserted written commentary in English, for those that desire a deeper insight into what they are saying. Koren has also published a Yom Kippur edition with Rabbi Sachs, for a more meaningful . Both machzorim are available in Ashkenazi and Sephardi tracts, as well as compact sizes, to make your holiday prayer services more inspiring.
Koren Classic Machzor- Ashkenazi
This set published by Koren is a set not only for Rosh Hashanah, but also Yom Kippor and Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot. Written only in Hebrew, this set is popular among Israelis and those who prefer to pray only in Hebrew. The script inside is beautiful and highlights the power and poetry embedded in the holiday prayers. The prayer books are kept in a small concise size, making them easy to bring with you where ever you celebrate the New Year.
Hadar Judaica Complete Set
Hadar Judaica has published a complete set of machzorim needed for all year around. Each set is written in Hebrew and is available in both Ashkenzai and Sephardi tracts. This set of five has gorgeous intricate designs engraved on each cover, with some sets boasting elegant gold plated centers. What makes Hadar Judaica unique is that their prayer books come in a variety of natural colors, with leather and faux leather options. These machzorim make a wonderful gift for yourself or someone else.