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Do you like your siddur Open or Closed?

The Open Siddur is a libre open access volunteer-driven digital humanities project developing an open-source web-to-print publishing tool for crafting print-ready prayer books from a growing archive of liturgy and ritual praxis, historic and contemporary, familiar and obscure, in every language that Jews pray or have ever prayed. Our project is non-denominational and non-prescriptive.

Our scope? The entire diverse map of Jewish liturgy, ritual, and practice. For whom are we making this? For anyone who takes the literature of Jewish prayer seriously as an ingredient in the study, craft, or practice of Jewish spiritual praxis.

We call our Siddur Project “open” because we adhere to the definition of open content and open data as maintained by the Open Knowledge Foundation and the definition of open-source as maintained by the Open Source Initiative. We adhere to the values of “free culture” as defined by the Free Culture Foundation and we aspire to be as open and free as the Torah of Kindness (Torat Ḥesed) described in the Babylonian Talmud (Sukkah 49b). In addition to text we carefully transcribe and proofread from works in the Public Domain, our community of contributors make their own copyrighted work available for your adaptive reuse under their choice of Open Content license.

☞ Read more about our mission, vision, and project history. If your question isn’t answered there or in our FAQ, please contact us. (A technical summary of this project is available in a slide presentation given before the EVA/Minerva Digital Humanities conference in Jerusalem.)

Join our community by contributing prayers and related work. (If you’d like to improve this website or help build our next-generation siddur building application, please contact us and join us on github.)


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