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Perspectives on Technology

Heidi Lerner's Column in AJS Perspectives

Links to Resources Discussed in the Column

Spring 2011
"Jewish Studies 'Born Digital'"

Fall 2010
"Online Resources for Talmud Research, Study, and Teaching

Fall 2009
"Online Resources for Jewish Economics"

Spring 2009
"Scholarly Communication in the Twenty-first Century: A Changing Landscape"

Fall 2008
"New Tools for Jewish Linguistics"

Spring 2008
"Researching Orthodox Judaism Online"

Fall 2007
"Web-Based Learning and Teaching Resources for Jewish Studies"

Spring 2007
"Internet Resources for Jewish Biography and Autobiography"

Fall 2006
"Jewish Political Studies on the Internet"

Spring 2006
"Sharing Knowledge: Recent Trends in Search and Delivery Tools for Scholarly Content"

Spring 2005 
"Treasure Hunting for New Judaic Resources on the World Wide Web"

Fall 2004
"Electronic Books in the Academic World and the Implications for Jewish Studies"

Spring 2004
"Hebrew in Bits and Bytes: An Introduction to Coding and Formatting of Hebrew Electronic Resources"

Fall 2003
"Historic Jewish Periodicals/Newspapers and the Web"

"Jewish Studies 'Born Digital'," Spring 2011

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Born-Digital E-books

ACLS Humanities E-Book project

Online Journals

Quntres: An Online Journal for the History, Culture, and Art of the Jewish Book

Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History; Perush

The Journal of Inter-religious Dialogue

Geographic Tools


eRuv: A Street History in Semacode

Born-Digital Literature and the Arts

Bama Hadasah

Israeli Center for Digital Art


Wired Campus


Born-Digital Information Management

Ismar Elbogen Netzwerk für jüdische Kulturgeschichte e.V.

JewLib. Digital Archive-Library

"Online Resources for Talmud Research, Study, and Teaching," Fall 2010


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Full Text

Sifrut ha-Kodesh

Mechon Mamre

Digitized Book Repository

Talmud Bavli

Soncino Babylonian Talmud

Primary Textual Witnesses to Tannaitic Literature

Tosefta Online

Talmud Yerushalmi

Responsa Project


Online Treasury of Talmudic Manuscripts

First printed edition of the Yerushalmi

Largest single collection of Cairo Genizah fragments

Friedberg Genizah Project

Websites and Tools

Page from the Babylonian Talmud

Chapters of the Talmud

The Babylonian Talmud Research Guide

Index to Commentaries on Aggadot of the Talmud

A Proposed Guide for Citing Rabbinic Texts

Database of Midrashic Units in the Mishnah


Marcus Jastrow's A Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature - PDF | Searchable

The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon


Talmud Blog

Menachem Mendel


On the Main Line

Daf Yomi

Dafyomi Advancement Forum

New Directions

Talmud Project

Collaborative Research Centre at the University of Cologne

CHAT: a System for Stylistic Classification of Hebrew-Aramaic Text

Computer-assisted method for Cairo Genizah research

"Online Resources for Jewish Economics," Fall 2009


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North America

Data Archives/Statistical Information

American Religious Data Archives

North American Jewish Data Bank

National Jewish Population Survey

American Jewish Identity Survey

American Jewish Committee

Resources on Nonprofits

Steven Windmueller. “The Unfolding Economic Crisis: Its Devastating Implications for American Jewry,” working paper no. 47 (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs' Institute for Global Jewish Affairs, 2009).


National Center for Charitable Statistics

Charity Navigator

Israel Statistical, Economic, and Demographic Data

The Economist’s Country Briefings Israel

Federation of International Trade Associations Israel Country Profile


Israel Social Sciences Data Center

Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel

Bank of Israel

Israel Ministry of Finance

Israel Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor

National Insurance Institute of Israel

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

Jewish Law and Secular Life

Center for Halacha and American Law's Jewish law website

"Scholarly Communication in the Twenty-first Century: A Changing Landscape," Spring 2009


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Resolution concerning scholarly publishing, Cornell University Faculty Senate, May 11, 2005

National Institute of Health public access law, January 2008

Requirement for researchers to deposit articles in open access repository, Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, February 2008

Statement affirming preference for high-quality, affordable textbooks, released by one thousand professors, April 2008

"Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication," report by Association of Research Libraries (ARL), in association with Ithaka Strategic Services, Autumn 2008

Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, a search tool for items once but no longer online

Open Access and Institutional Repositories

Open Access, Peer-Reviewed Journals

Azure: Ideas for the Jewish Nation


Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal

Min-Ad: Israel Studies in Musicology Online

Studia Judaica

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations

Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

Women in Judaism


Open Journal Systems

Open-Access University Repositories

eScholarship Repository, University of California and the California Digital Library

ScholarlyCommons@Penn, University of Pennsylvania

Other Repositories

Social Science Research Network

Listservs and Discussion Forums

Jewish Studies Network




Jewish Languages

Mendele: Yiddish Literature and Yiddish Language

Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List


Hagahot, by Pinchas Roth (Manuscriptboy)

Michtavim, by Menachem Butler

Tradition Seforim, edited by Menachem Butler and Dan Rabinowtiz

Open Access Textbooks

Pe’er, Open University of Israel

MIT OpenCourseWare Program


Google Book Settlement FAQ

Center for Educational Technology

"New Tools for Jewish Linguistics," Fall 2008

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Jewish Language Research Website

Annotated Corpora

Hebrew Treebank Version 2.0, Mila Knowledge Center for Processing Hebrew, Technion

Jan H. Kroeze, "Building and Displaying a Biblical Hebrew Linguistics Data Cube Using XML," presented at the Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics (ISCOL) Conference, Haifa, Israel, June 2006.

Mila Knowledge Center for Processing Hebrew, Technion

Yiddish Texts Annotated Corpus by Beatrice Santorini

Unannotated Corpora


Project Ben-Yehuda

Yiddish Wikipedia


Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon, Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati

Hebrew Wiktionary

Maagarim, the Historical Dictionary Project (HDP)

Morfix Dictionary, Melingo Company

Rav-Milim, Melingo Company

Yiddish Dictionary Online

Audio and Sound Collections

Beth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora

Dialect Atlas of the Surviving North Eastern Neo-Aramaic Dialects 
(information page only)

Eydes: Evidence of Yiddish Documented in European Societies


Oesterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

SemArch, University of Heidelberg

The UNESCO Red Book on Endangered Languages: Europe

Yeled V’Yalda Multilingual Development and Education Research Institute

Tools for the Twenty-first Century

Directory of Yiddish Blogs

Electronic Edition of a Historic Judeo-Spanish Text, Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3

Heeb Magazine

Jewish English: Distinctive Lexicon (beta version)

Jewish Language Research Wiki

Ladinomunita, online discussion group

"Researching Orthodox Judaism Online," Spring 2008

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Orthodox Judaism and the Media

Arutz Sheva Israel National News


Compact Memory



Kol Hai

Meorot: A Forum of Modern Orthodox Discourse


Organizational Websites

Aish ha-Torah


Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA)

Keren Yishai

Kolech-Religious Women’s Forum

Machon Meir Institute of Jewish Studies

Rabbinical Council of America



Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America

Virtual Beit Midrash, Yeshivat Har Etzion

YU Torah Online, Yeshiva University

Communication within Orthodox and Haredi Communities

Be-ahavah u’be-emunah, Machon Meir

Beit El Yeshiva

Birkat Yosef Hesder Yeshiva at Elon Moreh

Daf Yomi resources, Kollel Iyun Hadaf

Haredi forum directories, Modiya, New York University

Hebron Jewish community

Kol tsofayikh, teachings of Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu

Orthodox Jewish feminist blogs, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA)

Rabbi Daniel Zer, downloadable sermons

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Maron

Rabbi Shalom Arush, spiritual leader of Sephardic followers of Bratslav Hasidism

Shabat be-shabato, Moreshet

Sharei Schechem

Sikhat ha-ge’ulah, Chabad

Sikhat ha-shavu‘a, Chabad

Yesha Rabbinical Council (Va’ad Rabane Yesha)

Archival Resources


"Web-Based Learning and Teaching Resources for Jewish Studies," Fall 2007

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Teaching Resources

Center for Advanced Research and Language Acquisition (CARLA), 
University of Minnesota

Center for Online Judaic Studies (COJS)

Hebrew Program at the University of Texas at Austin

Hebrew@Stanford Multimeia

MODIYA Project: Jews/Media/Religion, New York University



Virage Videologger

"Internet Resources for Jewish Biography and Autobiography," Spring 2007

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Directories, Biographical Dictionaries, and Encyclopedias

American National Biography Online, Oxford University Press (by subscription)

Biography Reference Bank, H. W. Wilson (by subscription)

Biography Resource Center, Gale Group (by subscription)

Hebrew Author Database, Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature

Modern Hebrew Literature—a Bio-Bibliographical Lexicon, The Ohio State University

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (by subscription)

World Biographical Index, K. G. Saur (by subscription)

Websites and Portals


Jewish Music Webcenter

Saul Bellow Society

Primary Sources: Digital Collections of Primary Sources

1. Archives: Finding Aids

California Digital Library's Online Archive of California

Center for Jewish History

2. Archives: Databases and Websites

Einstein Archives Online

Emma Goldman Online Exhibit

Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust: Testimonies, Yale University

In the First Person: Index to Letters, Diaries, Oral Histories, and Other Personal Narratives, Alexander Street Press

Jewish Women's Archive

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories, Alexander Street Press (by subscription)

North American Women's Letters and Diaries, Alexander Street Press (by subscription)

Sabato Morais Ledger

USC Shoah Foundation Institute

3. Online Diaries and Weblogs


Michael Keren,“Online Life Writing: One Israeli's Search for Sanity,” Auto/Biography 13, 2005.

William O'Shea, "The Sharer of Secrets: Anonymous Blog Cracks Window Into Hasidic Community," Village Voice, July 22, 2003.

Edward Portnoy, "Haredim and the Internet," Modiya website, 2004.



"Jewish Political Studies on the Internet," Fall 2006

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Israel Government Gateway

Politics: General Israel/Jewish Politics, Israel/Arab Relations

Listservs and Discussion Lists

H-Judaic (Jewish Studies Network, JSN)

H-NET (Humanities and Social Sciences Online)

PSRT-L (Political Science Research and Teaching List)

Think Tanks and Research Organizations

Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University

The Harry S. Truman Center for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Israel Democracy Institute

Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information

Israel Policy Forum

Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel-Aviv University

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel-Aviv University

Shalem Center

Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel-Aviv University

Taub Center for Social Policy Studies

Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Online Collections and Research

Arab-Israel Research Projects, The Harry S Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Daniel Elazar On-Line Library, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Political Research Online

Multimedia (Sound and Visuals)

Israel Government Press Office

Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution

Jewish Webcasting Guide

Live from the Knesset

Online Speech Bank

United Nations Webcasts

University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collections

Full-text Databases, Journals, and Books


Expanded Academic ASAP (by subscription)

Hebraica Political Studies

Jewish Political Studies Review

SAGE Full-Text Collection for Political Science (by subscription)

Statistical Data

Association of Religion Data Archives

Mandell L Berman Institute–North American Jewish Data Bank

State of Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics

Sharing Knowledge: Recent Trends in Search and Delivery Tools for Scholarly Content," Spring 2006

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Digitized Publications

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, International School of Information Science (ISIS)

Google Book Search

Google Scholar

Israel Scholar Works

Israel Union Catalog

Open Content Alliance (OCA)

Project Muse (by subscription)


History on Trial


RSS Feeds for Recently Cataloged Titles, University Libraries, University of Alabama

"Treasure Hunting for New Judaic Resources on the World Wide Web,"
Spring 2005

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Digital Resources on Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews

Folk Literature of the Sephardic Jews, University of California, Davis

The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image, University of Pennsylvania

Semitisches Tonarchiv (SemArch), Seminar für Sprachen und Kulturen des Vorderen Orients Semitistik, Universität Heidelberg

Subject Portals

Academic Guide to Jewish History, University of Toronto Libraries

Humbul Humanities Hub, Research Discovery Network and Humanities Computing Unit, Oxford University

Jewish History Resource Center, Dinur Center for Research in Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Open Archives Initiative (OAI)

Open Archives Initiative (OAI)

OAIster, University of Michigan

Video Repositories

Library of Congress American History Project

OpenVideo Project

T-Space University of Toronto’s Institutional Repository

"Electronic Books in the Academic World and the Implications for Jewish Studies," Fall 2004

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Academic and Jewish Studies Electonic Book Resources

Bibliotheca Rosenthalia’s Menasseh ben Israel collection

California Digital Library

Digital Library Federation

eScholarship Editions

Gallica, Bibliothèque nationale de France

History E-book Project, American Council of Learned Societies

Jewish National and University Library Digitized Book Repository

Mechon Mamre

Project Ben-Yehudah

Project Gutenberg

Text Encoding Initiative

Commercial Vendors of Electronic Books




"Hebrew in Bits and Bytes: An Introduction to Coding and Formatting of Hebrew Electronic Resources," Spring 2004

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Code2000 and Code2001 Fonts (shareware)

SIL Ezra Hebrew Unicode Fonts (freeware)

"Historic Jewish Periodicals/Newspapers and the Web," Fall 2003

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Free Jewish Periodicals/Newspapers Online:

The Compact Memory Project

The Jewish Press Site at Tel-Aviv University

The Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books

Jewish Periodicals/Newspapers Online by Subscription:

American Theological Library Association Serials (ATLAS)


Periodical Index Online (formerly, Periodicals Contents Index, PCI)

Additional Resources:

Digital Library Federation

Guides to Quality in Visual Resource Imaging, Research Libraries Group

RLG DigiNews (From the Research Libraries Group)

Ronald W. Zweig, “Lessons from the Palestine Post Project,” Literary and Linguistic Computing 13: 2 (1998): 89–95.