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חב״ד | Siddur Torah Ohr: the Nusaḥ Ha-ARI according to Rav Schneur Zalman of Lyadi

When Rav Yitzḥak Luria, zt”l, also known as the Holy ARI, davvened in Eretz Yisroel he brought about a series of liturgical innovations witnessed in later siddurim. His particular nusaḥ bridged minhag Ashkenaz and minhag Sefarad (the customs of the Rheinland Jews and the customs of the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula) with the teachings of his school of Kabbalists. When two centuries later, the Ḥassidic movement blossomed in Eastern Europe, it found purchase in Lithuania among a mystical school centered around Rav Schneur Zalman of Lyadi, the Alter Rebbe and founder of the ḤaBaD movement within Ḥassidism. The Alter Rebbe compiled his own siddur, the Siddur Torah Ohr, “according to the tradition of the ARI.”

The most recent edition of this siddur, the Siddur Tehillat HaShem, was published with additions of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, and is found widespread across the many ḤaBaD Houses and other institutions affiliated with the ḤaBad movement he once presided over. Neither text of the Siddur Torah Ohr, nor the Siddur Tehillat Hashem is extant in a free digital edition. The Open Siddur Project is busy transcribing the contents of the Siddur Torah Ohr to contribute a digital edition to the Public Domain.

Transcribing any text can be arduous, if rewarding work for a single person. That is why we are crowd-sourcing this effort. Little did we know that a young Ḥasid, Shmueli Gonzales, had already taken it upon himself the heavy burden of converting this work from printed text to digital, machine readable Hebrew letters.

Shmueli went ahead and formatted the text in the Open Document formatted files below. (You can use LibreOffice to open or edit them.) The current version (3.0+) of the modules are formatted entirely with free and open source fonts.

Shmueli describes his work in this way:

It is provided via the Internet as a resource for study and for use for prayer when a Siddur is not immediately available. This text was created with the many people in mind that travel through out the world and find, to their horror, that their Siddur is missing. Now it’s accessible for all of us in those emergency situations.

One should not rely only upon this text. A Siddur is not just an order of prayer. It is intended to serve as a text for education in Jewish tradition and the keeping of mitzvot. This text lacks many of those qualities. Thus, one should own a Siddur of their own and study it.


The Blessing Book (v.3.2) PDF ODT TXT
T’fillat HaDerekh (Traveler’s Prayer for a Safe Journey, v.3.0) PDF ODT TXT
Birkhot HaShaḥar (Morning Blessings, v.3.81) PDF ODT TXT
Shaḥarit (Morning, v.3.31) PDF ODT TXT
Minḥa (Afternoon, v.3.42) PDF ODT TXT
Ma’ariv (Evening, v.3.12) PDF ODT TXT
The Bedtime Shema (v.3.4) PDF ODT TXT
Tikkun Ḥazot (v.3.1) PDF ODT TXT
Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday Evening, Receiving the Shabbat, v.3.3) PDF ODT TXT
Shabbat Shaḥarit and Mussaf (Saturday morning, v.3.3) PDF ODT TXT
Shabbat Minḥah (Saturday afternoon, v.3.1) PDF ODT TXT
The Shabbat Book (Candlelighting, Meals, and Havdalah, v.3.2) PDF ODT TXT
Kiddush Levana (Blessing of the New Moon, v.3.1) PDF ODT TXT
Hallel and Musaf for Rosh Ḥodesh (New Moon’s Day, v.3.3) PDF ODT TXT
Tefillat L’Shalosh Regalim (Prayers for Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Pesaḥ, and Shavuot, v.3.0) PDF ODT TXT
Seder Hosha’anot for Sukkot, Hoshanah Rabba, and Hakafot for Simḥat Torah (3.0) PDF ODT TXT
Blessings for Ḥanukah (v.3.0) PDF ODT TXT
Blessings for Reading Megillat Esther (v.3.0) PDF ODT TXT
Sefirat HaOmer (Counting the Omer, v.3.1) PDF ODT TXT
Last updated: Thursday, November 6, 2014  14:39 PM
Shmueli Gonzales

About Shmueli Gonzales


Shmueli Gonzales is a Mexican-American punk and ḥasid. He shares his transcriptions of Jewish liturgy here at the Open Siddur and his divrei torah via his blog, Hardcore Mesorah.

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