More than fifty years ago, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz took it upon himself to make the Talmud, the central text of Jewish life, available to all. In 1965, he began translating the 37 tractates of the Talmud from ancient Aramaic into Modern Hebrew, with an English translation published in the Koren Talmud Bavli Noé Edition. Ninety percent of the world’s Jewish population speaks English or Hebrew as a first language, so making the Talmud intelligible in these two languages is a colossal achievement, but until now, this precious content was only available to those with access to a physical volume. Today, Sefaria is excited and humbled to announce the release of The William Davidson Talmud, a free digital edition of the Babylonian Talmud with parallel translations, interlinked to major commentaries, biblical citations, Midrash, Kabbalah, Halakhah, and an ever-growing library of Jewish texts.
In just two years we’ve added more than 50 million words to our open source library; facilitated the creation of more than 20,000 source sheets; powered 12 third-party educational apps; and reached 36,000 monthly users. As the new year approaches, we wanted to share an overview of what’s next for Sefaria.