Join us in creating a faithful digital transcription of the Siddur Torah Ohr (R’ Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812)), a critical text of the nusaḥ ha-ARI z”l.
The Siddur Torah Ohr was originally prepared by the Alter Rebbe, R’ Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), the founder of the חב״ד ḤaBaD movement within Ḥassidut. 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. This siddur 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.
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. If you are looking for downloadable segments of transcribed liturgy, please check Shmuel Gonzales’ Nusach Ha-Ari transcriptions.
After transcription and proofreading, this new digital edition will be shared under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) Public Domain dedication. The edition will then be encoded in TEI XML and archived in the Open Siddur database, a libre Open Access liturgy database.
To participate in this transcription project, you will need the following:
- basic literacy in Hebrew.
- typing with a Hebrew keyboard layout including the full range of Hebrew diacritics (niqqud and t’amim) — (see here for more information)
- registration in the collaborative transcription project, Hebrew Wikisource.
“Transcribing the Nusaḥ Ha-Ari from the Siddur Torah Ohr (R’ Schneur Zalman of Liadi)” is shared by Schneur Zalman of Lyadi with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.