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"Dust storm (haboob) on west side of Twin Falls, Idaho on July 4, 2013" (credit: Famartin, license: CC-BY-SA)תחנון לימים קשים | Taḥanun [Plea for Mercy] on Hard Days by Noa Mazor (trans. by Jonah Rank)

Lord, our God, bring us days of good, of mercy, of life and of peace.
Give our leaders the capability to see the natural sanctity embedded in every person.
Give us the ability to trust human beings fighting for their way, for their lives–for our lives.
Lord, lay us down along Your path–a path for [...]

תפילה למעמד המשותף | أغنية الحياة والسلام | Prayer of Mothers for Life and Peace by Sheikh Ibtisam Mahamid and Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum

God of Life
Who heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds
May it be your will to hear the prayer of mothers
For you did not create us to kill each other
Nor to live in fear, anger or hatred in your world
But rather you have created us so we can grant [...]

"Lighthouse" (credit:  Jonas Bengtsson, license: CC-BY)تعالوا نضيئ شمعات السلام | בואו נאיר נרות שלום | Let us Light Candles for Peace by Sheikh Ibtisam Mahameed and Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum

Two mothers, one plea:
Now, more than ever, during these days of so much crying,
on the day that is sacred to both our religions,
Friday, Sabbath Eve
Let us light a candle in every home – for peace:
A candle to illuminate our future, face to face,
A candle across borders, beyond fear.
From [...]

"Magen Avot" by Emily K (feathered hat studios)Line and letter art by Emily K (Feathered Hat Studios)

"Shetarot by Raysh Weiss and Jonah Rank" calligraphy by Raysh Weiss (magnified)שטרות לקישור נפשות | Documents For a Marriage From One Soulmate to Another by Raysh Weiss and Jonah Rank

If one were to accept that a kosher Jewish wedding needs some element of what the Mishnah calls “acquisition” (and, more or less, we accepted this to be the case), any wedding must be conscientious in rethinking the following questions: What exactly is “acquisition” in the Mishnah’s eyes? And, if “acquisition” is inherently offensive to [...]

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Welcome to the Open Siddur Project

"Impressió librorum". Engraving by Phillipus Galle of a drawing by Johannes Stradanus (Theodor Galle, Nova Reperta, Antwerp?, between 1590 and 1612?, No. 4. Madrid. ER/1605 National Library). This image has been significantly modified by Aharon Varady (license: CC-BY-SA).

“Impressió librorum”. Engraving by Phillipus Galle of a drawing by Johannes Stradanus (Theodor Galle, Nova Reperta, Antwerp?, between 1590 and 1612?, No. 4. Madrid. ER/1605 National Library). This image has been significantly modified by Aharon Varady (license: CC-BY-SA).

Imagine a printing press and book arts studio shared by everyone in the world looking to design and craft their own siddur.

The Open Siddur Project is building it, online, on the web: a collaborative digital-to-print publishing application where you can make your own siddur, share your work, and adopt, adapt, and redistribute work shared by others — work intended for creative reuse and inclusion in new siddurim and related works of Jewish spiritual practice.

Imagine a social network focused on publishing built around privacy, collaboration, and a public database and digital library of Jewish liturgy in a format that can easily show historical variations and changes across Jewish traditions, manuscripts, and facsimile editions.

Imagine a collection of text and recordings, freely licensed for creative reuse in every language Jews pray in or have ever prayed. Reimagine your siddur, custom tailored to your practice, replete with your insights and those selected from your friends, family, and the complete corpus of Jewish tradition, and a record of your family’s and community’s minhagim and nusaḥ.

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