Prayer Books and Covers
Typically, prayer books – “Siddurim” in Hebrew - are only considered to be Judaica items in so far as their use. They aren’t usually considered to be pieces of Judaica Art. Their covers, however, are Judaica items in the artistic sense and usually are heavily decorated.
Are you looking for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift? Consider a prayer book that has a sterling silver cover engraved with depictions of Jerusalem, the 12 Tribes of Israel, Crowns, Torah scrolls and texts referring to prayer. As an alternative, consider a prayer book that is engraved with the name of young man or woman celebrating his or her entry into adulthood.
Another type of prayer book that are frequent gifts, especially for girls and women celebrating their Bat Mitzvah or Weddings are Tehillim Books. The book of Tehillim is King David’s book of Psalms that is part of Tanach – the Jewish Bible – and is customarily recited during auspicious and inauspicious times. Tehillim books are usually decorated on their covers with images of Jerusalem, floral pattern and sometimes even pictures of great rabbinical leaders of the past such as Maimonides. However, they may also be decorated with pained or engraved names.
One interesting feature about Jewish prayer books is that there are different traditions that you can choose from, including Yemenite, Sephardic, Ashkenazi and others. If you would like to give the perfect gift for a lifecycle even consider a gift of prayer book whose contents are the tradition of the recipient’s ancestors.
We at World of Judaica invite you to browse our collection of prayer books, prayer book covers and Tehillim books. If you have questions regarding the use of prayer books or any other items, visit our education pages. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please feel free to contact us via email, live chat or phone and we will be more than happy to address your concerns.