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The Open Siddur Project is a volunteer-driven collaboration between folk passionate about Jewish spiritual practice. Some are interested in the Siddur as a technology for preserving and disseminating an evolving history of Jewish ritual, practice, and sacred poetry. Others are energized by the design challenge of crafting Siddurim that function effectively for nurturing spiritual, emotional and creative intelligence. All of us see the potential that creative engagement holds for empowering students and teachers to take ownership of those ingredients comprising their shared cultural inheritance.

The Open Siddur is a non-prescriptive, non-denominational project whose only intent is to help revitalize Judaism by ensuring its collective spiritual resources — the creative content intended for communal use — remain free for creative reuse. The Open Siddur Project invites participation without prejudice towards ethnic heritage, skin color, nationality, belief or non-belief, sex, gender, sexuality or any other consideration. All we ask for is an intellectually honest commitment to the principles and sensibilities preserved in our mission statement.




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Joesph ben Solomon of Carcassonne was a French liturgical poet of the eleventh century. He wrote a Ḥanukkah yotser beginning "Odeka ki anafta," which is mentioned by Rashi in his commentary on Ezekiel 21:18. Joseph took the material for this yotser from various haggadot, working it over in a payyeṭanic style. It is composed of verses of three lines each, arranged in alphabetical order.
Schneur Zalman of Lyadi
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady (Hebrew: שניאור זלמן מליאדי‎) (September 4, 1745 – December 15, 1812 O.S. / 18 Elul 5505 - 24 Tevet 5573), was the founder and first Rebbe of the Ḥassidic movement known as ḤaBaD, then based in Liadi, within Imperial Russia. He was the author of many works, and is best known for Shulḥan Arukh HaRav, the Tanya, and his Siddur Torah Or.
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Rabbi Meir bar Yitzchak (Nehorai) of Orléans (d. ca. 1095) was a ḥazzan and payyetan in Worms, Germany,
Office of the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth
The Office of the Chief Rabbi is the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth and is the senior rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations. The present incumbent is Ephraim Mirvis who leads the Office of the Chief Rabbi (OCR).
Jehiel Orenstein
Jehiel Orenstein (1935 – 2013) was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1961 and received the Lawrence Prager award for outstanding scholarship in medieval Hebrew literature. The Seminary awarded Rabbi Orenstein a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1987. After 3-1/2 decades at Beth El’s pulpit, in 2005 Jehiel Orenstein became Rabbi Emeritus of Beth El. Rabbi Orenstein o-founded the annual South Orange Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance, and serving as president of the Maplewood-South Orange Clergy Association and chaplain of the New Jersey State Police. He was also president of the Rabbinical Assembly of New Jersey.

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