In 1953, Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch/Kehot, on the Rebbe’s instructions, released the Complete Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A first in Chabad-Lubavitch history, this Machzor has remained the standard Chabad-Lubavitch Machzor till this day, reprinted numerous times over the years in various sizes and formats.
But the constant offset printings took a toll on the clarity of the letters that form the words that form the prayers. As a result, many of the words, letters and nikud have blurred, making very difficult to read and decipher, particularly for those davening the High Holidays prayers for the first time, young or old.
Now, sixty-three years following the Machzor’s first release, Merkos Publications has successfully recreated the Machzor in its entirety, digitally remastering it, one page at a time. Result, a perfectly sharp and clear Machzor in the format we are all used to.
According to Rabbi Yosef B. Friedman, director of Kehot, “hundreds of hours have gone into recreating a sharp, new product which is an exact replica of the original.” In addition, typographical errors have been repaired, and source references have been added in the margins.
Further enhancing the Machzor is the addition of the maamar on Tekiat Shofar (from the Siddur im Dach) that the baal tokeah studies on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah, as instructed by the Previous Rebbe, of blessed memory.
Printed on fine, lightweight paper, the Machzor is a full 6×9, and includes the recently remastered Tehillim Ohel Yosef Yitzchak, and is handsomely bound.
This new Machzor complements the various other Machzorim published during the past 10-15 years: The Hebrew English Annotated Machzor; the Hebrew only Annotated Machzor and the Machzor Hamefurash that includes a running interpolated (Hebrew) commentary.
Also new for this year is the release of the Machzor for Yom Kippur Evenings—Annotated Edition, the solution for overflow crowds at shuls and Chabad Houses.
All are available online, at: Kehot.com, 1-877-4-merkos, or at the company showroom, 291 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn.