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Dávid KaufmannDávid Kaufmann

David Kaufmann (June 7, 1852–July 6, 1899) (Hebrew: דוד קויפמן) was a Jewish-Austrian scholar born at Kojetín, Moravia (now in the Czech Republic). From 1861 to 1867 he attended the gymnasium at Kroměříž, Moravia, where he studied the Bible and Talmud with Jacob Brüll, rabbi of Kojetín, and with the latter's son Nehemiah. He was also an active member of the Meḳiẓe Nirdamim, a society for the publication of old Hebrew manuscripts. Kaufmann was the possessor of a large library, which contained many valuable manuscripts, incunabula, and first editions, and of which the Marco Mortara library, acquired by Kaufmann, formed the nucleus.

פסח | The Ritual of the Seder and the Agada of the English Jews Before the Expulsion.

About the Open Siddur.

We are building a complete end-to-end system for producing high-quality Jewish prayer books, for paper publication or for sharing online.
We envision a system robust enough for use by academic researchers, Jewish educators, and DIY crafters.

Won’t you join us?

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

Imagine an open database of Jewish prayers showing historical variations and changes across Jewish traditions, manuscripts, and facsimile editions.

Imagine the siddur as a record of your family’s and community’s minhagim and nusaḥ tweaked exactly to your needs.

Re-imagine your siddur, but custom designed by you — one that integrates your practice with your learning and experience, as well as those of your teachers, friends, family, and thinkers across the map of Jewish tradition.

Our collaborative, open-source project is working to create a libre open access database of Jewish prayers and related work, historic and contemporary, familiar and obscure, in every language Jews pray or have ever prayed.

While development proceeds, individuals, groups, and institutions are invited to share their Jewish liturgy and related creative work immediately under their choice of Open Content license.
(Source code for alpha-ready Open Siddur application is available from our github repositories. Join our development team.)

You can help us realize this vision…. ☞

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"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 altered 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 altered by Aharon Varady (license: CC-BY-SA).


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