The Open Siddur Project seeks to digitize siddurim and manuscripts witnessing the origin, evolution, and diversity of every nusaḥ. Besides our work transcribing the Seder Avodat Yisroel, we are also transcribing the Siddur Torah Ohr, originally prepared by the Alter Rebbe, R’ Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), the founder of the חב״ד ḤaBaD movement within Ḥassidut. Siddur Torah Ohr was originally published in 1803 in Shklov. The edition we are transcribing was prepared by anonymous editors according to the text of R’ Schneur Zalman of Liadi and published by Shulzinger Brothers in Brooklyn, New York 1940.
Torah Ohr witnesses the Nusaḥ Ha-Ari, a nusaḥ prepared by R’ Schneur Zalman of Liadi according to the tradition of R’ Yitzchak Luria, also known as the Ari.
Transcribing Siddur Torah Ohr began in the Summer of 2010 and continues today. Transcription of the siddur including commentary began in 2006 on Wikisource. Integration of wikisource material with this transcription effort was completed in July 2010.
In June 2010, we received some transcriptions of liturgy prepared by Shmuel Gonzales for a another, later siddur prepared by Ḥabad, the Siddur Tehillat Hashem. We are currently proofreading Gonzales’ transcription and integrating it into the larger transcription effort of Siddur Torah Ohr.
The full scan of Siddur Torah Ohr is here. Our scans are licensed Creative Commons Zero (CC0), a Public Domain declaration.
If you are looking for downloadable segments of transcribed liturgy, please check Shmuel Gonzales’ Nusach Ha-Ari transcriptions.