the Hierophant

the Hierophant

A hierophant is a person who invites participants in a sacred exercise into the presence of that which is deemed holy. The title, hierophant, originated in Ancient Greece and combines the words φαίνω (phainein, "to show") and ‏τα ειρα (ta hiera, "the holy"); hierophants served as interpreters of sacred mysteries and arcane principles. For the Open Siddur Project, the Hierophant welcomes new contributors and explains our mission: ensuring creatively inspired work intended for communal use is shared freely for creative reuse and redistribution.

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“מאַכט אײַער אייגענעם סידור!‏” (Yoel Matveyev, Yiddish Daily Forverts 2019)

Contributed on: י״ד באב ה׳תשפ״א (2021-07-23) by the Hierophant |

An article in the Yiddish Daily Forverts (Forward) on the activities of the Open Siddur Project and its founder, Aharon Varady. . . .


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Contributed on: ד׳ בטבת ה׳תשפ״א (2020-12-18) by the Hierophant |

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List of Prayers

Contributed on: כ״ח בטבת ה׳תש״פ (2020-01-25) by the Hierophant |

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List of Compilations

Contributed on: כ״ח בטבת ה׳תש״פ (2020-01-25) by the Hierophant |

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List of Miscellanies

Contributed on: כ״ח בטבת ה׳תש״פ (2020-01-25) by the Hierophant |

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List of Readings & Sourcetexts

Contributed on: כ״ח בטבת ה׳תש״פ (2020-01-25) by the Hierophant |

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An Introduction to the Open Siddur Project at the National Museum of American Jewish History (December 8th, 2019)

Contributed on: ג׳ בכסלו ה׳תש״פ (2019-11-30) by the Hierophant |

An event featuring a presentation by founding director Aharon Varady introducing the Open Siddur Project to attendees of the first annual Jewish New Media Festival. . . .


סדר תפלת כל פה (ספרד)‏ | Seder Tefilat Kol Peh, a bilingual Hebrew-Ladino prayerbook (1891)

Contributed on: כ״ד באייר ה׳תשפ״א (2021-05-05) by the Hierophant |

A bilingual Hebrew-Ladino Sefaradi siddur from the Ottoman Empire. . . .


Transcribing Fanny Schmiedl-Neuda’s Sefer Tkhines: Stunden Der Andacht (1855)

Contributed on: ט״ז בסיון ה׳תשע״ב (2012-06-05) by the Hierophant |

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STOP ACTA & TPP from Undermining Free Speech on the Internet

Contributed on: י״ז בשבט ה׳תשע״ב (2012-02-10) by the Hierophant |

Keep the Internet as open as Avraham and Sarah’s tent. Help us oppose ACTA & TPP: — free trade legislation with specific language that will undermine free speech on the Internet. . . .


תנ״ך | TaNaKh: the Holy Scriptures: A New Translation (JPS 1917)

Contributed on: כ״ג באב ה׳תש״ע (2010-08-03) by the Hierophant |

A digitial edition of the JPS 1917 English translation of the TaNaKh. . . .


Public policy, technology, and copyright in Halakha: a sourcesheet

Contributed on: כ׳ בתשרי ה׳תשע״ב (2011-10-18) by the Hierophant |

Last Sukkot 5771 (2011), Efraim Feinstein shared the sourcesheet for his late night shiur (lesson) on copyright in Rabbinic Halakhah (Jewish law). Efraim’s research adds a great deal of important perspective to our work here on the Open Siddur Project. It provides relevant historical context for our work advocating the adoption of free culture principles and free-culture licenses to facilitate sharing (tachlis) within the Jewish world. . . .


תורה, נביאים וכתובים: תּרגום ייִדיש פֿון יהואש | The Yiddish Translation of the TaNaKh by Yehoyesh Shloyme Blumgarten

Contributed on: י״ט בטבת ה׳תשע״ב (2012-01-14) by Yehoyesh Shloyme Blumgarten (translation) | The Yehoyesh Project (transcription) | the Hierophant |

The Open Siddur Project is pleased to distribute a masterful Yiddish translation of the Tanakh by “Yehoyesh” (Yehoash) Shloyme Blumgarten (1870-1927) as published in Torah, Neviʼim, u-Khetuvim (New York: Yehoʼash Farlag Gezelshaft, 1941) that now resides in the Public Domain. . . .


“Ten Commandments of Jewish Social Networking” (Jonah Lowenfeld, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles 2010)

Contributed on: י״ח בכסלו ה׳תשע״א (2010-11-25) by the Hierophant |

An interview with Jonah Lowenfeld of the Jewish Journal on the values of sharing Torah learning as practiced by the Open Siddur Project. . . .


“Taking Prayer Into Their Own Hands” (Steve Lipman, New York Jewish Week 2010)

Contributed on: כ״ז בטבת ה׳תש״ע (2010-01-13) by the Hierophant |

In January 2010, the Jewish Week published a piece about the Open Siddur Project by Steve Lipman, entitled, “Taking Prayer Into Their Own Hands.” The article is no longer available online at the Jewish Week website or in any online cache. We have archived it here for posterity. . . .


“Prayer Unbound” (Hadara Graubart, Tablet Magazine 2009)

Contributed on: ט״ו בכסלו ה׳תש״ע (2009-12-02) by the Hierophant |

We’re honored to have our project the focus of an article in Tablet. . . .


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Contributed on: ז׳ באלול ה׳תש״ע (2010-08-16) by the Hierophant |

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Testing Our Transliteration Engine with help from James Strong’s Biblical Hebrew Dictionary

Contributed on: ט״ו באייר ה׳תש״ע (2010-04-28) by the Hierophant |

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Culmus Project’s Ancient Semitic Scripts Fonts Now Licensed GPL with “font exception”

Contributed on: ז׳ בניסן ה׳תש״ע (2010-03-21) by the Hierophant |

An important licensing update made to a collection of digital fonts maintained by the open-source Hebrew type foundry, the Culmus Project, . . .


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Contributed on: ג׳ באדר ה׳תש״ע (2010-02-16) by the Hierophant |

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“Prayer a la Carte” (Haaretz 2009)

Contributed on: י״א בתמוז ה׳תשס״ט (2009-07-03) by the Hierophant |

From the summer of 2009, the first article ever written about our project, the Open Siddur, in the pages of Ha’aretz. By Raphael Ahren. . . .


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Contributed on: כ״ד במרחשון ה׳תש״ע (2009-11-11) by the Hierophant |

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Contributed on: ד׳ בתשרי ה׳תש״ע (2009-09-22) by the Hierophant |

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Contributed on: ג׳ באלול ה׳תשס״ט (2009-08-23) by the Hierophant |

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“Color-Coded Prayerbook Devised by Rabbi” (Martin Lauer, Springfield Republican 1972)

Contributed on: ט״ו באלול ה׳תש״ע (2010-08-25) by the Hierophant |

An article on Rabbi Jacob Freedman’s planned Polychrome Historical Haggadah from his local newspaper in Springfield, Massachusetts. . . .