Empowering Prayer on Sefaria

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The Jewish Innovation

People are fascinated by the topic of prayer, and frequently approach Rabbi Elliot Kaplowitz with questions. How was the Jewish liturgy created? Is there room for innovation in a fixed liturgy? Why do we pray?

In coordination with Sefaria — a digital library of Jewish texts that’s free to use — Rabbi Kaplowitz has decided to create an anthology on prayer to address these and other important questions. To do so, he will gather Hebrew texts that explore the subject of Jewish prayer, translate them into English, and publish these translations in Sefaria’s library.

These translations will provide a framework for understanding and exploring prayer, focusing on themes such as the development of prayer, paradigms of prayer in the Jewish tradition, and different approaches to the question of why Jews pray.

This anthology will draw upon more than one hundred Biblical, Rabbinic, and medieval texts, law codes and responsa literature. Within a year of the close of the campaign, rabbis, teachers and students alike will be able to freely access Rabbi Kaplowitz’s anthology on prayer using a next-generation search engine. Users will be able to dynamically explore texts chronologically or geographically, as well as filter by approach to prayer, ideas presented, or chain of influence. This tool will allow users to reveal the interconnected network and intergenerational discussion on prayer that spans across the globe. With just a few clicks, anyone can build a customized source sheets by filtering the texts; sample topics include “Biblical Sources for Prayer,” or “Maimonidean Approaches to Prayer”.

How did the project get started?—
Sefaria is building the largest digital collection of Jewish texts–in Hebrew and translation, interconnected, free, and in the public domain. As such, Sefaria is always looking for new translation contributions from our community. In choosing to publish his prayer anthology on Sefaria, Rabbi Kaplowitz is allowing his work to be released into the public domain (with no copyright restrictions for reuse).

The Impact

As the People of the Book, our texts are our collective treasure. They belong to everyone and it is important that they are available to everyone.

By publishing the prayer anthology in a digital format on Sefaria, everyone can access teachings about prayer in a new, interactive interface. Sefaria’s technology will allow people to explore the texts, discover connections between texts and make source sheets, all with a just a few clicks.

Bio: Rabbi Kaplowitz was born in Boston and grew up in Livingston, NJ. Rabbi Kaplowitz received semicha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.
Along with his wife Toby, Rabbi Kaplowitz served as co-Director of the Orthodox Union’s Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Brandeis University.

After six meaningful years at Brandeis, Rabbi Kaplowitz served as Rabbi in Residence at Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Baltimore, where he also taught in the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School. Today, Rabbi Kaplowitz leads Netivot Shalom, a congregation in Baltimore, and is pursuing his MBA from the University of Baltimore.

What Will You Do with the Money?

The goal is to raise $6,000 to pay Rabbi Kaplowitz for the time he spends collecting and translating sources that will be published on Sefaria.

If the community contributes more than $6,000 to this campaign, the additional funds will pay Rabbi Kaplowitz to expand the size of the anthology and translate more texts.

Donations to this campaign are tax-deductible as allowed by law because Sefaria is a 501c3 charitable organization.

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Judaism & Holidays | Technology

Empowering Prayer on Sefaria

$6,733   raised
GOAL: $6,000

58

 Donors

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Elliot Kaplowitz
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Rabbi Kaplowitz was born in Boston and grew up in Livingston, NJ. Rabbi Kaplowitz received semicha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. Along with his wife Toby, Rabbi Kaplowitz served as co-Director of the Orthodox Union’s Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Brandeis University. After six meaningful years at Brandeis, Rabbi Kaplowitz served as Rabbi in Residence at Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Baltimore, where he also taught in the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School. Today, Rabbi Kaplowitz leads Netivot Shalom, a congregation in Baltimore, and is pursuing his MBA from the University of Baltimore.

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    A special thank you from Rabbi Kaplowitz.

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    A special thank you from Rabbi Kaplowitz and a Sefaria laptop sticker.

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    A special thank you from Rabbi Kaplowitz and a Sefaria laptop sticker.

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    You will be invited to view early editions of Rabbi Kaplowitz’s work. You will also receive a special thank you from Rabbi Kaplowitz and a Sefaria laptop sticker.

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    You will be invited to beta test the anthology feature on Sefaria. You will also receive a special thank you from Rabbi Kaplowitz and a Sefaria laptop sticker.

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    You are invited to meet with a member of the Sefaria team by video chat or phone. It will be an opportunity for you to learn about Sefaria and offer your ideas and feedback to the team. You will also receive a special thank you from Rabbi Kaplowitz and a Sefaria laptop sticker.

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    You get a 45-min consultation with Rabbi Kaplowitz to help you design your own class on prayer or 45-min text study session with Rabbi Kaplowitz. You will also receive a special thank you from Rabbi Kaplowitz and a Sefaria laptop sticker.

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