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Intertextual Linking

At Sefaria, we love to talk about our system of links and connections. For example: did you know that our library features more than 1.5 million intertextual links?

But what does that really mean?

When you select any given passage, you can look at the sidebar to see all the many texts — from Halakhah (legal codes) to Kabbalah (mysticism) to Musar (ethical instruction) — that cite that very passage. From there, you can go on to read those citations in context.

Here’s one example to the tune of Had Gadya:  

Along comes the Kessef Mishneh

which comments on the Mishneh Torah

which codifies the Talmud

which discusses the Mishnah

which details the laws of the Passover offering

that our ancestors offered in the form of one little goat (or lamb).


And another example:

Our Link Explorer is a color-coded, interactive way to visualize the nearly 20,000 intertextual links between the Tanakh and the Talmud.

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Have a wonderful Passover!


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