Summer Reading Series: Mefarshim and Midrash
Sefaria has you covered for all your summer reading. Whether you're in the mood for Halakhah or Chasidut, Midrash, Mishnah, or Mishneh Torah, we have new texts for you! Here are all our new midrashic texts and commentaries on Tanakh. Stay tuned for more!
Tanakh and Commentary
- Avi Ezer: a supercommentary on Ibn Ezra’s Torah commentary. Authored by R. Shlomo HaKohen of Lissa in the eighteenth century.
- Hezekiah ben Manoah’s commentary on the Pentateuch – Chizkuni — has been updated: we added the book of Deuteronomy — previously missing from Sefaria's library. We also added the English translation by Rabbi Eliyahu Munk.
- New English version of Ibn Ezra on Leviticus and Deuteronomy translated by Jay F. Shachter.
- We added the Malbim commentary on Zephaniah, Zechariah & Malachi from Wikisource.
- Minchat Shai: A Masoretic commentary by Jedidiah Solomon ben Abraham Norzi, it includes grammatical treatises on Tanakh, noting all variant readings scattered through Talmudic and Midrashic literature.
- We added Radak's (Rabbi David Kimhi) commentary on the books of Joshua, Judges, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, I Chronicles, and II Chronicles. Radak — a medieval rabbi, biblical commentator, philosopher, and grammarian — focuses on issues of language and form as well as content.
- Tur HaAroch: by R' Jacob ben Asher, known as Ba'al ha-Turim. While his concise introductory Parperaot (lit. appetizers) gained wide popularity, his commentary body is less known. Authored by R' Jacob ben Asher, known as Ba'al ha-Turim and available with an English translation by Rabbi Eliyahu Munk.
- 23 tractates of the English William Davidson Talmud are now available on the site, Android, and iOS.
- The Midrash of Philo: an allegorical commentary written by Philo (Alexandria; c. 20 BCE-45 CE) before the formulation of Tannaitic literature. These selected portions from Philo's Questions and Answers, and from his other writings, were translated into Hebrew from Armenian and Greek. It includes a commentary by Samuel Belkin based upon parallels from rabbinic literature.
- New English version of Midrash Tanchuma: Midrash Tanhuma-Yelammedenu, translated by Samuel A. Berman
- Midrash Tanchuma Buber: published by Salomon Buber in 1885, it is based on material gathered from several manuscripts. This collection of Aggadic Midrash is believed to be the oldest midrashic compilation of its kind. In addition to the Hebrew version, Sefaria also digitized the John T. Townsend pioneering English translation and brief notes.
- Sifrei Devarim: Midrash on Deuteronomy. The Hebrew is from Wikisource and it is accompanied by an English translation from R' Shraga Silverstein. The current upload completes the core of Halakhic Midrash on Sefaria, offering bilingual editions of Mekhilta, Sifra and Sifrei.