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‘Make yourself into a Maqom Hefker': Teachings on Open Source in Judaism (sourcesheet)

"Kanab Creek Wilderness 2" (credit: U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest and P.D. Tilman, license: CC-BY 2.0)

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How does rabbinic Judaism value openness? What does openness mean? This sourcesheet accompanied the shiur “‘Make yourself into a Maqom Hefker': Rabbinic Teachings on Open Source in Judaism,” a class I taught on Taz biShvat 5774 (January 16th, 2013) in partnership with the Sefaria Project for Parshat Yitro.

The shiur discussed the concept of דִּימוּס פַּרְהֶסְיַא Dimus Parrhesia (δῆμος παρρησία) as a valued ideal in Rabbinic discourse: its cameo appearance in midrashic teachings on Parshat Yitro and its relationship to other relevant ideas and attitudes in the study of Torah and the Jewish stewardship of the Commons.

דִּימוּס (dimus, from δῆμος, demos, gk. common people) – in common, as in common property
פַּרְהֶסְיַא (gk. παρρησία, parrhesia) – freely as in free speech, ideas expressed openly and publicly

This sourcesheet is derived from the collection of sources gathered on the Wikipedia page, “Open Source Judaism,” where I initially presented them.

Please share this sourcesheet, improve upon it, and continue to share it. As with the wikipedia page, this sourcesheet and its translations are shared under the Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

Last updated: Monday, August 18, 2014  14:25 PM
Aharon Varady

About Aharon Varady


Founding director of the Open Siddur Project, Aharon Varady is a community planner (M.C.P.) and Jewish educator (M.A. J.Ed.) working to improve stewardship of the Public Domain, be it the physical and natural commons of urban park systems or the creative and cultural commons of Torah study. His work on the adoption of Open Source strategies in the Jewish community has been written about in the Atlantic Magazine, Tablet, and Haaretz. Aharon Varady studied environmental planning and planning history at DAAP/University of Cincinnati, and the intersection of theurgy, experiential education, and ecology at the Davidson School of Education/JTSA. Here at the Open Siddur, he serves as hierophant, welcoming new users, and administering opensiddur.org as its webmaster and editor-in-chief. If you find any mistakes in his translations or transcriptions, please let him know. Shgiyot mi yavin, Ministarot Nakeni שְׁגִיאוֹת מִי־יָבִין; מִנִּסְתָּרוֹת נַקֵּנִי "Who can know all one's flaws? From hidden errors, correct me" (Psalms 19:13).

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