Bar Ilan University “Responsa Project” Goes Online

From Arutz Sheva – Israel National News

The world’s largest electronic collection of Torah literature is now available online – in Hebrew.

The Bar Ilan University Responsa Project, launched in 1991 in its CD format, was recently uploaded to the Internet on a platform provided by C.D.I. Systems. (See

The virtual library encompasses all major Rabbinic sources representing more than 3,000 years of Hebrew and Aramaic literature. The website includes the Hebrew Bible and its principal commentaries, both the Babylonian and the Jerusalem Talmud with commentaries, Midrashim, the Kabbala’s main book – the Zohar, Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, Rabbi Yosef Karo’s compilation of Jewish Law – the Shulchan Arukh with commentaries, and the collection of over 80,000 Responsa questions and answers on matters of Jewish law.

The internet version of the Responsa Project includes a variety of tools and capabilities in its various features of search, navigation of texts, and hypertext links between books in different databases.

Parts of the site are free, while full access requires a paid subscription.

An amazing resource! The site seems sluggish to me, however. You will need a plugin (NetisClient “Safeview”) which does not seem to work with the latest Firefox on Mac OS… Bummer. UPDATE: Firefox seemed to d/l the plugin but still no joy…

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