More than fifty years ago, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz Even-Israel 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.
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:
Search for “Torah” on the iOS App Store. Go ahead – we’ll wait.
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.
Sefaria is constantly working to maximize connections between texts. While some connections have been manually placed, we try to automate the process as much as possible, for efficiency’s sake. In doing this, we have had the privilege of working in partnership with computer scientists Moshe Koppel and Avi Shmidman at Dicta, a research institute which is exploring uses of computational methods to analyze Hebrew texts. We have a good thing going – we provide the texts, they share the results of their research with us, and Sefaria users benefit as we incorporate the findings into our web interface and textual connections. One of the results of this partnership is the Dibur Hamatchil matching script.