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.
It’s been a while since we last updated you. Hopefully you’ve all been making use of our updates and notifications page! Here is a list of everything we’ve added to our library since mid-September when we last updated you:
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Every fall, our education team selects a diverse set of educators to join Sefaria’s Educational Partnership Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative is for educators to experiment with Sefaria, explore what Jewish learning looks like in a digital age, and discover how we might create new forms of engagement around Jewish texts in conjunction with Sefaria. Participating educators think through best practices of teaching with Sefaria and work together to foster a more innovative spirit in the community Jewish learning. In the 2016-2017 school year, there are two distinct cohorts: day schools and Jewish organizations. The 2016-17 cohort includes 19 schools and 9 Jewish organizations.
We add new texts and commentaries to the Sefaria library several times a week. To make it easier to find out what’s new, we updated the notifications feed to include alerts when updates are made to the library. This feed also alerts you when someone “likes” your source sheet or when someone you follow posts a new source sheet.