The most common Chabad siddur is obviously the Siddur Tehilas Hashem (TH), which was first published in Rostov, Russia in 1918. It is used by over 300,000 Chabad families worldwide. However, it's not the only Chabad siddur on the market - before the last Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged its use, the Siddur TH wasn't as common. Instead, the Siddur Torah Ohr (TO) was more commonly used. (Indeed, the Lubavitcher Rebbe himself used such a siddur.) Lastly, there is another siddur printed with interpretations, instructions, and discourses from the Alter Rebbe of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.

I have been told that the Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged the use of the Siddur TH based on the fact that it's "much easier to navigate" and "that you don't have to keep flipping back and forth". I was wondering what the differences are between the Siddur TO and TH, practically.

First of all, how much easier is it to navigate, really? What about the Siddur TO makes it to where you have to keeping flipping pages back and forth?

Second, are there any differences in nusach between the Siddur TH and TO? They're both Chabad, but one of them is older, which might present certain nusach variants. (Possibly. Probably not.)

Mai nafka minnah between these two siddurim?


As is common with most older siddurim, in Torah Or, things aren't duplicated, just printed once, e.g., the weekday Amidah. There's no separate Minhah provided, you would use the Amidah printed in Shaharit, and Ashrei, etc., printed in Shaharit. And for Ma'ariv, you would use the same Amidah.

The 4-letter name of God is printed in Torah Or, rather than the yud-yud abbreviation used in Tehillat Hashem.

Torah Or is complete for the whole year, with amidah prayers for Rosh HashShannah and Yom Kippur, and with a Haggadah for Passover, which I don't think Tehillat Hashem has. Torah Or would be better on a desert island.

There are fashions in prayer books, and Tehillat Hashem conforms to the more recent trends.

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    the old tehillat hashem siddur (not the latest retypeset version from Kehot) had the amida for rosh hashanah and yom kippur (but not the repetition) – Menachem Apr 4 '18 at 22:37
  • @Menachem Searched through an old print Siddur TH (in the Chitas) and was not able to find the Amidah for RH and YK. – ezra Apr 5 '18 at 12:46
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    @ezra: see here: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=32581&st=&pgnum=270 – Menachem Apr 5 '18 at 14:08

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