Book Review

Siddur Minchas Shlomo – Clear, Concise and User-Friendly
by Rabbi Eliyahu Shraga

Change your day with your tefillah!

Rabbi Akiva Eiger writes that a sefer written on quality paper, in black ink and clear lettering, helps a person’s kavanah – and now, a clear, concise and beautiful siddur has just entered the market!

Written in ksav Ashuris, the font created by Hakadosh Baruch Hu Himself, Siddur Minchas Shlomo is for people who take their davening seriously (or those who would like to!). The Gemara (Menachos 29b) tells us that Rabbi Akiva learned halachos from every point on each letter, and that every kotz has meaning for us to contemplate in davening. Siddur Minchas Shlomo is easy on the eyes, with clear and spacious print on cream-colored pages. The tefillos that we say every day are all in the same size font, visually reminding us that every tefillah is important. Every tefillah has a clear beginning and end, and the pesukim from Tanach have te’amim, indicating where we can stop to answer, “Amen, yehei Shemei rabbah.”

I usually get lost when I try to flip pages, looking for the place, so I really appreciate that in this siddur, we start at the beginning and daven straight through. The instructions are written in ksav Rashi, and while I can’t call myself a lamdan, I find davening from this siddur a true pleasure. More than that, (dare I say this?) I even find myself concentrating more during davening, thinking about what I’m saying and to Whom I’m talking.

In parashas Vayechi (48:22), Rashi tells us that when Yaakov Avinu says “kashti – my bow,” he is referring to tefillah. Rabbeinu Yonah explains that this is because the more effort we put in, the more chance we have of hitting the target – and we all want our tefillos to reach directly to the Kisei Hakavod. Siddur Minchas Shlomo can help us reach that goal. For more information email: , call 917-771-6677 or go online:

Coming soon: Smaller versions of Shacharis l’chol to fit in tallis and tefillin bags, then the nearly completed siddur for Shabbos, machzorim, selichos for the Yamim Nora’im, and pamphlets for bentchers, Shir Hashirim, and amiras korban Pesach, be”H.