Software Engineer Noah Santacruz recently completed his Masters Degree in Natural Language Processing at Cooper Union. His thesis? “Part of Speech Handling for Aramaic in Talmud.” Or, of course, “PSHAT.”
Educators asked our engineers to create a highlighting tool that would allow learners to deconstruct a source, identify its components, and experiment with making meaning out of the pieces. This feature is now available for use with our source sheets!
This past year, Sefaria’s education team visited schools in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, New Jersey, Detroit, Toronto, and Chicago, and spoke with educators in many other cities. The questions we hear over and over are:
- How can I use Sefaria in my classroom?
- How are other educators using Sefaria to teach?
- How can I connect to the community of Sefaria educators?
Welcome to the education channel on our blog, where we’ll post answers to these questions, and any others that you suggest. We look forward to sharing the creativity and experience of educators who have been experimenting with Sefaria.
If you’ve ever studied Talmud from the traditional Vilna Shas layout, you’ve probably noticed or taken advantage of the Masoret haShas in the margins. Originally compiled by Joshua Boaz ben Simon Baruch in the sixteenth century, Masoret haShas are notes and cross references on the side of the page, directing readers to related passages found elsewhere in the Talmud. It was an immense work that religious scholars have added to over the centuries.
The William Davidson Talmud has our own take on Masoret haShas, finding and building over 50,000 textual links. And while the standard Masoret haShas connects different Talmudic texts, ours takes advantage of Sefaria’s library to create something new: connections between the Talmud and other texts as well, including nine major Midrashic works.