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Forty Nine Days. forty nine steps.

How do you visualize the journey from slavery to theophany, from narrow thinking to expanded awareness and revelation? From the barley harvest to the wheat harvest? Illustrate an Omer measure of blessing each day from Passover to Shavuot with open content licensed translations, liturgy, and fonts.

Andrew Ross's Journey from Mitzrayim to Har Sinai by Aharon Varady (CC-BY-SA) Mark Hurvitz wrote: "Rabbi Amy Scheinerman's father (Andrew Ross z"l, a graphic artist) arranged the squares in a spiral. If you look at it in three-dimensional space we begin at the foot of Sinai and climb up to the summit in time for Shavuot!" Here is, "Andrew Ross's Journey from Mitzrayim to Har Sinai" by Aharon Varady (CC-BY-SA)

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

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

Welcome to the Open Siddur Project

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.

You can help us realize this vision…. ☞ Continue reading

What for is Open Source in Judaism?

The Open Siddur is a G'MaḤ for Tefilot and related text and art. Transcribe or translate a prayer and share it. Help us develop our software. If you can't share a text or code, then please help us by telling others about this project or by donating some money to help us pay someone else to pick up the slack. Every shekel, drachma, or dollar you contribute helps to liberate the ingredients of Jewish spiritual practice for all collaborating free/libre and open source initiatives. Your tax deductible donation will help us afford to maintain this website, grow this project, and complete our web application.

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