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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator. Longfellow wrote predominantly lyric poems, known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, which was then a part of Massachusetts. He studied at Bowdoin College. After spending time in Europe he became a professor at Bowdoin and, later, at Harvard College. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, living the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a former headquarters of George Washington. His first wife Mary Potter died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife Frances Appleton died in 1861 after sustaining burns when her dress caught fire. After her death, Longfellow had difficulty writing poetry for a time and focused on his translation. He was the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. He died in 1882.

סנדלפון | Sandalphon by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1858)

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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