Rabbi David Etengoff, Director of Educational Technology
Magen David Yeshivah, Brooklyn, USA
We live in an age of information overload. This is true regarding all branches of study, including Judaic and Torah Studies. As such, it is crucial to “separate the wheat from the chaff,” and focus upon authentically substantive sites that value-add to one’s research equation. I have curated nine very worthwhile sites here: http://www.scoop.it/t/great-digital-judaic-studies-resources. Let us look briefly at each one:
1) Sefarim Links from Webyeshiva.org: Perhaps one of the most comprehensive sites on the entire Web. Truly the world of Jewish learning at your digital fingertips.
2) Princeton University: A vast and varied collection of links that cover the entire gamut of Torah and Jewish Studies.
3) University of Pennsylvania: Similar to Princeton’s offerings – yet differentiated enough to make using it very advisable.
4) Virtual Beit Midrash: Amazing shiurim and powerful Torah insights.
5) Hebrewbooks.org: One of the truly amazing gems on the Internet. More than 40,000 actual complete Jewish texts in freely downloadable PDF format. This is the ultimate “no excuses” site.
6) E-daf.com: The traditional text of the Talmud Bavli with the complete tzurat hadaf with Rashi and Tosafot.
7) NLEresources.com: Free and unfettered access to the entire Bar Ilan Responsa project including the Encyclopedia Talmudit! Kudos and thanks to NLE!
8) Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan zatzal: The Living Torah – perhaps the very best English translation of the Torah in existence.
9) Classic Jewish Texts from Chabad: An amazing repository of classic Jewish Hebrew texts with multiple language translations.
Most importantly chevrah, Tzeh u’lmod! Go and Learn!