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, when most of the day is spent in synagogue reflecting on the past and the year to come, as well as 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 - the machzor - which also includes the Torah readings for Rosh Hashanah.  Here's a guide to the machzorim we carry so you can find the perfect edition for yourself and have a meaningful 5782!

Koren Sacks: Ashkenazi Edition

Koren Sacks MachzorIf 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 z"l, 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. The Ashkenazi version is available as a full-size machzor as well as in a smaller compact size, which is perfect if you will be spending the High Holidays traveling.

 

 

Koren Sacks: Sephardic Edition

Just like the Ashkenazi version, the Sephardic Koren Sachs Machzor features a modern English translation alongside the traditional Hebrew prayers as well as explanatory guidelines and deep insights from Rabbi Sacks, but with Sephardic nusach. The Sephardic machzor also comes in a smaller compact version, too!

 

 

 

Koren Classic Machzor - Ashkenazi

Machzor SetThis 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.

 

 

 

Koren Sacks Yom Kippur Machzor

Koren has also published a Yom Kippur edition of its widely loved machzor with Rabbi Sacks' insight. This edition includes additional Piyutim and Selichot, as well as a fully-commentated Mishnah Yoma. Like the other editions, this machzor also has both Hebrew and English. This edition is perfect for those who seek to get the most out of Yom Kippur and prayer services. The Yom Kippur machzor is also available in the smaller compact size for easy carrying.

 

 

Make sure to read our other Rosh Hashanah 101 posts so you’ll be ready for 5782!

Why Do We Eat Pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah?

The Symbolism and Origins of the Shofar  

Everything You Need To Know About Israeli Honey

The Best Rosh Hashanah 2021 Gift Ideas 

What Do Apples & Honey Symbolize?

High Holiday 2021 Prep Checklist (printable PDF version included!)