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New Visualizations

You may have seen Sefaria’s visualizations in the past, and maybe you’ve wondered where they come from, or how our team decides what kinds of visualizations to build. Because all of our texts are digital, Sefaria’s engineers and educators can use the data to help people see texts in new ways and gain new insights into ancient texts. Our newest visualization was designed and created by one of our summer interns, Sarah Engel. Originally from the Bay Area, Sarah is now a student at Stern College, double majoring in Computer Science and Jewish Education. She is interested in new ways of presenting and learning Torah. Sefaria’s team had recently completed two significant projects related to mitzvot: Rabbi Francis Nataf, Sefaria’s translator, completed our translation of Sefer HaChinukh, and Shanee Rosen, one of our engineers, was able to generate more than 10,000 links between mitzvot as they are described and counted in different halakhic works. So Sarah decided to create a parallel sets visualization to see how various categories of the 613 commandments connect with one …

Educator Spotlight: Hillel Torah’s Aliza Rosenbaum

Aliza Rosenbaum has been teaching Judaic Subjects to seventh and eighth grade students at Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School in Skokie, Il for seven years. She has spent much of that time experimenting in her classroom in the hopes of developing the most effective ways to teach and work with her students. In 2017, she applied for the Sefaria’s Educational Partnership Initiative to see what might happen when Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy) goes digital. The result, Aliza explains, was student-led learning come to life: “It’s the best – it’s how I’ve always wanted to do it.” In the past, she would select a given text, translate it, print it for her students, and they would have to respond to accompanying questions. However, it never felt to Aliza like they were truly learning as much as they could be. They were completing their coursework, to be sure, but because so much of the process was done for them, the students weren’t really owning their work. Unsurprisingly, she found that it was hard to get thoughtful answers …

80,000 …

That’s the number of people who took advantage of Sefaria resources in the two weeks leading up to Shavuot! And 338 people from 38 countries added themselves to Sefaria’s interactive teaching and learning map. From Budapest to Brooklyn, Haifa to Helsinki, Melbourne to Milan….

Shavuot Prep with Sefaria

Will you be teaching on Shavuot? Hosting a class to help others prepare for the night of studying? Or simply readying yourself to receive the Torah? We invite you to be a part of Sefaria’s Shavuot celebration by telling us where in the world you’ll be teaching or studying with Sefaria. Add yourself to our map.