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The Open Siddur is a volunteer-driven, non-profit, non-denominational, and non-prescriptive community project growing a vast collection of digitized Jewish prayers, liturgies, and related works (historic and contemporary, familiar and obscure), composed in every era, region, and language Jews and other Israelites have ever prayed. Our goal is to provide those working with the content of Jewish devotional practice (e.g. for those crafting prayerbooks סִדּוּרִיםsiddurim), a platform for accessing and disseminating text, tools, and resources shared under libre/open terms for creative reuse. Through this we hope to empower personal autonomy, to preserve customs, to cross-pollinate wisdom, and to foster openness and vitality in religious culture.

Contributor highlight: A Mitzvah to Eat

A Mitzvah to Eat

A Mitzvah to Eat is an international, pluralistic group of educators and clergy who feel passionately about the Jewish principle of piḳoaḥ nefesh (saving a life). The organization supports those who need to connect to fast days, mitzvot, or holidays differently to protect their health and save their lives. They empower individuals and communities with learning, prayers, and rituals to bring holiness to acts of piḳoaḥ nefesh.

Work by A Mitzvah to Eat shared through the Open Siddur Project

Author spotlight: Yehoshua Heshil Miro


Yehoshua Heshil ben Rabbi Binyamin Miro (fl. first-half 19th c.) was a writer and Jewish educator in Prussia, an early advocate and teacher of Jewish girls. He worked as a professor at a private school, and a teacher at the Königliche Wilhelms-Schule (and possibly also the Industrial School for Israelite Girls), in then Prussian Breslau. We know very little else about Miro aside from his publication of a popular anthology of teḥinot for German speaking women first published in 1829. If you know more about Miro, please contact us.

Work by Yehoshua Heshil Miro shared through the Open Siddur Project

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