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Will Sefaria Hurt Jewish Publishing?

06/19/2013
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How Sefaria will affect Judaica publishers, many of whom are increasingly venturing into the digital realm, and to what extent they will cooperate with  its open-source approach, remains to be seen. 

'Sefaria' Text Site Could Expand Jewish Learning

Two 30-year-olds want to make the entire Jewish canon available in ‘interactive’ form. Can they pull it off?

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Imagine being able to access every major Judaic text, in the original and in English translation, free of charge and from one website.

Through Sefaria, Joshua Foer and Brett Lockspeiser want to reduce barriers to Jewish text study. Michael Datikash

Avivah Zornberg’s Intricate Patterns

Avivah Zornberg overlays a dizzying tapestry of midrashic, psychoanalytic and literary sources on her biblical themes. Her most satisfied listeners allow for the unmooring of the categorical mind. Zornberg, most recently the author of “The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious,” suggests that the hidden meaning of our classical texts is best perceived with our own porous and poetic unconscious minds.

Avivah Zornberg. Photo by Debbi Cooper

Will Women-Only Torah Study Soon Become Old-School?

The most remarkable aspect of the first full-time co-ed learning program just ending at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, a pioneer in advanced Torah study for women, is how unremarkable it felt.

I visited the experimental program for college and graduate students spending the month of June in a “student immersion program” that combined Talmud and philosophy in examining “the relationship between spirituality and community involvement and action,” according to the program description.

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