The Nehalel Siddur is a Siddur which pictures accompanying prayer text. (Some examples of the pages in the Siddur can be seen here and here).

The Rema in Orach Chayim 90:23 says the following:

(Source provided by Sefaria.org)

(Partial Quote)

וְלָכֵן אָסוּר גַּם כֵּן לָצוּר צִיּוּרִים בַּסְּפָרִים שֶׁמִּתְפַּלְּלִים מֵהֶם, שֶׁלֹּא תִּתְבַּטֵּל הַכַּוָּנָה (מָרְדְּכַי רֵישׁ פֶּרֶק כָּל הַצְלָמִים)

Therefore it is also forbidden to make images in books that (individuals) pray from, so as not to ruin their focus (in prayer)

Is the production/use of such Siddurim permitted Halachically? If they are, why are they?

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    Wow, great question! i use this siddur a lot. I was also wondering about its permissibility, because it has some pictures of people and heavenly bodies which I'm not sure are allowed (especially while praying) – SAH Jul 25 '17 at 4:13
  • Doesn't the intro to the Siddur address this? – Double AA Jul 25 '17 at 4:39
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    I think that the Mordechai is plausibly only about manuscript illumination, and not pictures that underscore the meaning of the words. In practice, some people find Nehalalel helpful for their kavanah, others -- a distraction. Our family "argues" over the benchers, some preferring them, some asking to be passed another. – Micha Berger Jul 25 '17 at 19:45
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    @michaberger the Rema/Mordecai passage doesn't seem to have any qualifiers that would support your contention. Perhaps the Nehallel siddur would be of more use as preparation for prayer, not during prayer itself. IMHO this would apply to translated works as well, but I digress. – Shmuel Brown Jul 26 '17 at 15:49
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    I think your reading of the Rema is more of a stretch than mine. I don't see the Rema making any distinctions at all; I will have to see the Mordechai inside, however. If you have a source that supports your position, I'll go with it. – Shmuel Brown Jul 28 '17 at 14:59

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