Judaic Studies

Core Resources

RAMBI: Index of Articles on Jewish Studies 1985+

Indexes articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of the land of Israel. Covers articles in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages.

Encyclopaedia Judaica

Articles on all aspects of the Jewish life, including religion, history, politics, culture, the Holocaust, Jewish arts and literature, Jews in America, and more. Composed of complete text of the 16-volume 1972 print edition, eight year books, and two decennial volumes.

Jewish Studies Source 1988+

Index and selected full text to English language Jewish studies journals, monographs, and biographies published in the United States, Canada, England, Israel, and elsewhere. 

Bar Ilan's Judaic Library

Full text of the Bible and its major commentaries, the Babylonian Talmud with Rashi's commentary and Tosafot, the Jerusalem Talmud, the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides, Shulchan Aruch with commentaries, Midrashim, hundreds of books of Responsa, and the Talmudic Encyclopedia.

Otzar Hachochma

Searchable digital collection of over 90,000 Judaic books, scanned page after page in their original format, encompassing all realms of Judaism from ancient times to the modern period.


Digital library of Israeli-published academic books on topics including Israel studies, Judaic studies, Jewish history, humanities, social sciences and more.

Talmud Databank

Integrates the three Judaic studies databases: 1) The Sol and Evelyn Henkind Talmud Text Databank; 2) The Index of Reference Dealing with Talmudic Literature; and 3) Primary Textual Witnesses to Tannaitic Literature. Full text combined search functions allowing researchers to find any word in any of the textual witnesses (Talmud manuscripts, fragments, Geniza manuscripts, and early printed editions) of the Babylonian Talmud and the Tosefta. Includes an index of pinpointed scholarly bibliographic references to a specific chapter and paragraph in the Mishna and Tosefta, and to a folio and page number in the Babylonian Talmud.

Index to Hebrew Periodicals

Indexes articles in Hebrew language periodicals and a few monographs, as well as articles in other languages dealing with all aspects of Israeli life and culture. Files which make up the database include Eretz Israel Database, Tel-Hai Index to Hebrew Newspapers, and the Bar-Ilan Indexing Project.

Magnes Israeli E-Book Collection

Digital library of books published by Magnes Press, the university press of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Must be accessed while on campus, or connected to the campus network.

Jewish Life in America c1654-1954

Digital edition of organizational and personal papers and printed books and pamphlets from the American Jewish Historical Society.

Supplementary Resources

Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970: The Middle East Online

Overview of the political history of the Middle East in the 20th Century, based on primary source documents from the British national archives. Documents the politics, administration, wars and diplomacy of the Palestine Mandate, the Independence of Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials Plus

Citations and many full-text articles from religion and theology journals.

Early Hebrew Newspapers Project. Jewish National and University Library, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Major titles of the early Hebrew press (19th and early 20th century).The project currently contains: Halevanon (1863-1886), Hamagid (1856-1903), Havazelet (1863-1911),Hazefirah (1862-1931). Produced by Hebrew University, Jewish National and University Library.

Entsiklopedyah Talmudit (Bar Ilan's Judaic library)

Contains the world's largest electronic collection of Jewish texts in Hebrew ever recorded, which embody thousands of years of Jewish learning. Includes numerous works from the Responsa Literature - rabbinic case-law rulings which represent the historical-sociological milieu of real-life situations. Includes the Bible, the Talmud and their principal commentaries; works about Jewish law and customs; major the codes of Jewish law, such as Maimonides' Mishneh Torah and the Shulchan Aruch with its principal commentaries; midrashim, Zohar, etc.

Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Antisemitism

Works published throughout the world about antisemitism -- books, dissertations, master's theses, and articles from periodicals and collections.

Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

The Fortunoff Archive currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies, which are comprised of over 12,000 recorded hours of videotape. The Fortunoff Archive and its affiliates recorded the testimonies of willing individuals with first-hand experience of the Nazi persecutions, including those who were in hiding, survivors, bystanders, resistants, and liberators. Testimonies were recorded in whatever language the witness preferred, and range in length from 30 minutes to over 40 hours (recorded over several sessions).

Index of References Dealing with Talmudic Literature

Lists bibliographical references for passages in rabbinic literature and related subjects and connects them to the location within rabbinic literature to which they are related.

Jewish Encyclopedia

Complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between1901-1906

Nationalsozialismus, Holocaust, Widerstand und Exil 1933-1945

Collection of primary sources on the history of the National Socialist state, Nazi ideology, and the Third Reich, from the perspective of both supporters and opponents of the regime. Includes administrative records, personal writings, propaganda, and biographical and reference sources. Note: most sources are in German.

Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile, and Resettlement, 1945-1950

Digital collection of material from the Wiener Library and the UK National Archives on refugees and resettlement of displaced persons in Europe in the aftermath of World War II.

Princeton Geniza Project

The Princeton Geniza Project is a database of more than 30,000 records and 4,600 transcriptions of documentary geniza texts.Since 1986, the PGP has been dedicated to discovering and describing unpublished documents, maintaining a full-text retrieval database of geniza documents, and creating new transcriptions and translations.

Rav Milim Hebrew Dictionary (English site)

Also available in Hebrew. Comprehensive dictionary that includes all strata of the Hebrew language, from the Biblical to current Israeli slang. Includes linguistic tools that can find and retrieve any of Hebrew's 70 million inflected forms, and also supply other grammatical functions.  Includes its own Hebrew keyboard, crossword puzzle, and numbers-to-text converter. 

Talmud Yerushalmi Citation Database

Provides access to all quotes or references to Talmud Yerushalmi in medieval rabbinic literature, Geniza fragments, and other commentaries. These references provide rich information about any subject addressed in the Talmud Yerushalmi. 

Testaments to the Holocaust. Documents and Rare Printed Materials from the Wiener Library, London

Digital edition of material from the Wiener Library collection of eyewitness accounts, photographs, propaganda, and printed material documenting Jewish life in Germany from 1933 to after the war.

Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library

Online collection of important works in twentieth-century Christian, Islamic, and Judaic thought.

USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive

More than 53,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide.  The interviews have been conducted in 63 countries and 40 languages. Each collection adds context for the others, providing multiple pathways to learn from the eyewitnesses of history across time, locations, cultures and sociopolitical circumstances. 

Verterbukh Yiddish Dictionary

Provides broad coverage of Yiddish words of all origins: Hebrew-Aramaic, Slavic, and Romance as well as Germanic, and includes regional and dialectal variants alongside standard literary Yiddish forms.

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Librarian for Law and Legal Studies and Librarian for Judaic Studies and Hebrew
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