Thursday, November 8, 2007

Torah and Learning sites

Jewish Learning
(Jewish Learning here means traditional, as opposed to Jewish Studies, which is academic.)
The web services at Shamash, Virtual Jerusalem, and Chabad have large Jewish archives.

Eric Simon keeps a list of Torah study opportunities on the net, with many pointers to Yeshivot and other organizations who provide Divrei Torah, including web sites and mailings lists.

Full Hebrew text of the Tanach, Talmud Bavli, and Talmud Yerushalmi is available from Snunit at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for web browsing.

The Talmud Bavli is available from Rabbi Dovid Kraus' E-Daf as browsable GIF images. Audio daf yomi shiurim (daily Talmud lessons) are available in Yiddish from Rav Avrohom Karp ZT"L of Montreal and English from Rav Grossman of LA. Audio and video daf yomi from the Talmudic Institute of Florida are available from their archives.

Partners in Torah is a free program that where you can find a partner to learn Jewish topics either in person or over the telephone.

Sacred-texts has various sacred Jewish texts on line, including much of M.L. Rodkinson's 1918 English translation of the Talmud.

The Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books has scanned copies of over 1000 seforim, mostly from American rabbis, available for free, in PDF format. Seforim Online has also has scanned seforim, from many sources.

David Maddison's The Talmud Exposed is a response to anti-Semites' posting of Talmud "Quotes" and other anti-Semitic fabrications and distortions

Mechon Mamre has all these texts, along with Mishna, Tosefta, and Rambam's Mishneh Torah, available for downloading with DOS browsing software in the free MTR package. They provide many of these on the web also, along with full text of the Tanach with vowels and punctuation, readable if you have a new-fangled web browser that can handle HTML 4.0 RTL (right to left support).

ORT has an extensive site called Navigating the Bible, with the full text of the Torah and Haftarah portions, in English, Russian, and Hebrew, including cantillation sound with Real Audio, usable by bar/bat mitzvah students.

There are several English translations of the Torah available on line. ORT provides the Torah in Hebrew with vowels and ta'amim, in hand-written-style script, transliterated into Roman letters, RealAudio cantillation, and Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan's Living Torah English translation and light commentary. Aish Hatorah provides the Metsudah English translation of the Torah. Breslov provides the whole Tanach, from the JPS 1917 English translation.

Jacob Richman's My Bar Mitzvah / My Bat Mitzvah Resource Center helps you plan a successful bar/bat mitzvah.

Ellie Wackerman has a web site that teaches Torah and Haftarah cantillation including those for the chagim, with music text and WAV and Real Audio sound files.

The Bar Ilan Responsa Project has a web site that describes their research, making the great well of Jewish knowledge and tradition available using computer tools.

WZO Hagshama has a list of Israeli yeshivot.

The Global Learning Network and Project Genesis at has a rich assortment of Divrei Torah online, including their Hypertext Halacha English translation of the Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Berurah.

The AishDas Society is committed to the promotion of more meaningful worship in the Orthodox Jewish community. The Aishdas Torahnet index links to hundreds of torah study sites around the web.

Search Divrei Torah at Shamash.

Ohr Somayach Yeshiva in Jerusalem offers weekly Divrei Torah and special publications like the excellent commentary on the Haggadah by Malbim (R. Meir Leibush ben Yechiel Michael, Bucharest 1809-1879).

Aish Hatorah sponsors many programs around the world, including the Discovery seminars, and the Jerusalem Fellowships.

The OU/NCSY Israel Center publishes Torah Tidbits weekly, with divrei torah related information such as iconic pictures and statistics relating to the week's sedra.

Jewish America publishes weekly divrei torah, including comments from a women's perspective and dikduk studies.

Uncle Eli's Haggadah is a commentary on the seder in rhyme, for children, by Prof. Eliezer Segal at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Seuss after four glasses of wine. Professor Segal also has a web page with an image of a page of the Babylonian Talmud with hypertext links describing all the elements of page. Jacob's Special Sukkah Guest is a Sukkot story for children by Agnes Romer Segal.

Mordechai Torczyner's WebShas is a hypertext index to the Babylonian Talmud.

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Berger has an introductory web page illustrating and describing the form of the Hebrew alphabet used in writing STAM (Sifrei Torah, Tefillin, and Mezuzot). Mordechai Pinchas has a site with discussion of soferut, including descriptions of letter forms and a diary of his learning experiences.

The Boston Eruv web site has links to communities with Eruvin around the world.

Jonathan Baker's little corner of the web has links to various Torah resources.

Elaine Adler's calligraphy site discusses the traditional text of the ketubah, and alternate modern texts.

Rabbi Mark Hurvitz of has assembled a modern version of the Haggadah with questions and commentary.

Laurance Wieder has posted the Red Sea Haggadah and encourages readers to send him their own contributions for inclusion.

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America web Server has information on the Conservative movement, their rabbinical and cantorial schools, and other programs.

KOACH: Conservative Judaism's College Programming for the 90's, has a web server at the Washington University in Saint Louis.

The Pedagogic Center of the Joint Authority for Jewish Zionist Education in Jerusalem has a web site at Virtual Jerusalem with a large collection of resources for Jewish education.

Jewish Interactive Studies offers free courses providing an in-depth and interactive study of Judaism from its classical sources.

Thinking Jewish, Acting Jewish is a monthly newsletter with articles on Jewish heritage and culture.

The Breslov Chassidim have a web site with teachings, resources, and other information about their movement, with links to other Breslover sites and texts from Rebbe Nachman, in English, Hebrew, and other languages. Na nach nachma Nachman me'Uman! in Los Angeles. provides more than 600 hours of audio divrei torah from over 50 rabbis, daf yomi, music, poetry, and other Jewish materials, in Real Audio format.

Lubavitch Audio Divrei Torah from in Massachusetts, with classes in torah and chassidus.

Shema Yisrael Torah Network provides a wide variety of Jewish study web resources.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis' Hineni web site, with information about their programs of Jewish learning.

Dr Lawrence Epstein has a web site with information on conversion to Judaism.

Tracey Rich offers Judaism 101, an encyclopedic web site with tutorial information on Jewish practice.

Jordan Lee Wagner's Learner's Minyan has guidance for those new to the synagogue.

Joshua Males' Gabbai Resources site has information and documents useful for a shul gabbai.

The Jewish Law web site addresses issues of halacha and American law.

TorahSearch is a search engine focused on the web of Jewish learning.

Jonah Sapir's search engine guide to brochos on food.

Simple to Remember - Judaism Online is an assortment of resources on Jewish topics, including articles, multimedia, and other information.

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