CBST’s first siddur in 1973 was initially no more than a set of one page handouts that were rarely visited in the same order two Friday nights in a row. After a while these pages were put in order in a black 3-hole report covers. A second printing a few years later used blue covers instead of black. While the first siddur contained most of the elements of a Friday night service, many of them were abbreviated, and some were indeed missing. When the effort got underway in the late 1970s (see below) to create a more complete siddur, the first siddur came to be called, derogatorily, the “blue shmatte” (blue rag), on account of its inadequacies. The name subsequently stuck, however anachronistically, and has subsequently been used to refer to the first siddur in either its black or its blue covered edition.
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