Hebrew Prayers Learning Series (HPLS)
Phonetic Transliterated Siddurim
(Jewish Prayer Books)
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Updated February 3, 2013
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|The HPLS Siddur has clear easy-to-read Phonetic Transliterations: This sample is from Volumes 2 and 5.|
- Unique Triple-Tier format, which includes Hebrew text, word-for-word English translation, and word-for-word phonetic transliteration, each in-line, one above the other, assures meaningful and correct reading of the prayers.
- Each syllable starts with a capital letter to facilitate correct pronunciation.
- Also, stressed syllables that are not at the end of a word are in bold typeface.
- With a literal English definition above each Hebrew word, you get the authentic prayers, rather than a poetic interpretation, and you learn Hebrew naturally and easily.
|The Triple-Tier format invites you to experience the Hebrew Prayer Service with full participation, comprehension, and confidence, no matter what your experience level or background.
To guide you to the key passages and thereby make participation in the synagogue service easy, the siddur is written in a hybrid style, where about 80 percent of the passages are word-for-word Triple-Tier text, and the remaining passages are in two-column format. An example of this hybrid format is shown below in the photo of two pages from Volume 2 of the HPLS Siddur.
|Photo showing typical layout of the HPLS Interlinear Transliterated Siddur Standard Edition- Click to enlarge|
|The pages of the HPLS Siddur, Six-Volume Set Standard Edition are arranged in landscape format to permit two narrow columns to be placed on a page. This makes the text easier to read. It also makes it easier to see where you are in the service when passages are skipped.
Using the HPLS Siddur you will easily experience the wonderful difference it makes to speak a Hebrew word with full Kavanah (intention) because you understand what each word means, and you know that each word is being pronounced correctly.
|Recite prayers in Hebrew with confidence.
Lead a Kiddush in front of family and friends.
Experience first-hand the power of the language of our forefathers!
|No guessing for the correct pronunciation:|
|Great care was used to assure the highest accuracy of the pronunciation. In addition, the transliterations are spelled such to ensure that each word will be read exactly as it should sound.
A renowned Jewish scholar has extensively edited all HPLS publications for accuracy.
The following examples are of words that are often mispronounced. In each example, the top word is the correct pronunciation.
|YeerAy (you will fear) is from Psalm 115, said during the Hallel Prayer|
|OozChahrTehm (and you will remember) is from the third paragraph of the Sh'mah (Numbers 15:37-41)|
|OohCh'tahvTahm (and you will inscribe them) is from the first paragraph of the Sh'mah (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)|
|ShehT'chahDehsh (that You will renew) is from the Sabbath blessing for the new moon.|
|BeekDooShahToh (in His holiness) said when opening the ark.|
|The above are examples of common mispronunciations|
|The HPLS solution:|
|While many siddurim may sound out the Hebrew words for you, nonetheless, the transliteration is often not even on the same page as the Hebrew text (let alone on the same line, as it is with the HPLS Siddur), making it impossible to know what sound goes with what Hebrew word! What a wasted opportunity!
In the HPLS Siddur, the Hebrew word and the transliteration are in a direct correspondence making it easy to begin to assimilate the Hebrew itself.
To compound matters, in other siddurim, the English translation may or may not be included, or may not be true to the Hebrew words. Another missed opportunity!
As long as we are speaking Hebrew, why not understand it? Many readers feel strongly that it makes a difference to know the meaning as well as the sound!
|HPLS Siddur vs. Other Siddurim|
In-Line Translation and Transliteration
Flow Charts of the Ashkenaz prayer service
Flow Charts of the Sefard prayer service
Flow Charts of the HaAri prayer service
|Have you, or any one else you know, ever wished they had more fluency in Hebrew, and greater comfort with the Hebrew prayer service?|
|The Hebrew service can be complex, confusing, and even off-putting for those without the benefit of a religious education. This is one of the major challenges facing Judaism today: how to bring adults back "into the fold of Judaism," and how to make the service accessible to those who may be new to or returning to Judaism. The HPLS siddur is designed to answer this vital challenge!
The HPLS Siddur addresses the need to help all Jews connect with the Hebrew service by making the traditional Hebrew service immediately accessible to non-Hebrew- speakers. It guides the reader into the heart of the Hebrew service without the delay of years of study, or years of language classes. It is perfect for adults seeking immediate connection to Judaism.
|Some of the uses for the HPLS Siddur:
Bat-Bar Mitzvah Lessons
Following and leading the Jewish prayer service
Checking pronunciation and grammar
Reference siddur for Jewish Library
Choir or chorus guide
Cantorial pronunciation guide
Guide for checking Hebrew diction
|Everyone should experience the joy and satisfaction of knowing how to say the Hebrew, and understanding what you are saying as you daven.|
|Reasons to choose the HPLS:|
|- Participate in services in synagogue
- Pray in the privacy of your home, knowing you are saying the Hebrew correctly and properly
- Be able to lead blessings and prayers in front of family and friends
- Experience the joy of singing traditional Hebrew holiday and Shabbat songs
- More fully participate in the Jewish tradition, heritage and culture!
- With the Triple-Tier format, you can quickly and easily switch between the Hebrew, transliteration, and English translation.
- Includes prayers for Nusach Ashkenaz, Nusach Sefard, and Nusach HaAri (Chabad Lubavitch). Click here for more about Nusach.
- Includes flow charts (HPLS Siddur volumes 2 and 5) for ease in following the service.
|Proven Methodology: Most children first learn to speak, and then learn to read. HPLS adapts the natural methodology demonstrated by young children.
The HPLS siddur uses this approach - first to teach how a word should sound, using transliterations.
In time, when the reader is familiar enough with how the words are pronounced, the transition from reading transliterated Hebrew to reading and recognizing printed Hebrew is easy
|HPLS users say:|
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|Don't wait a moment longer! Perform the mitzvah of praying in the language of our forefathers. No other siddur will help you participate with the immediacy and meaningfulness of the HPLS Siddur.
The HPLS series are Jewish Prayers Books and the Hebrew alphabet in each volume is transliterated to English.
Each set is a stand-alone Hebrew/English Prayer Book (Siddur) and provides the Jewish Prayers in English, Hebrew, and in Phonetic Transliteration.
Visit our accolades page to see that they are a proven means to learn Jewish Prayer and Liturgy.
The Sim Shalom version is Egalitarian and contains prayers for Women and Men.
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|HPLS as an Aid for the Jewish Deaf and Hard of Hearing|
|While displaying our products at a book fair a Jewish deaf person came to our table and told us that our publications are just what she was always looking for.
For the first time she was able to sound out the Hebrew words using the phonetic transliteration provided for each syllable of the Hebrew word.
Although the HPLS was originally intended for adults without Yeshiva or Hebrew background, the three-tier format (Translation, Hebrew Word, Phonetic Transliteration) became a very useful tool for the Jewish deaf because each syllable is individually pronounced. This feature is an added bonus for the HPLS.
We are so glad to be able to help all who desire to pray in Hebrew.
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