Bar Ilan University "Responsa Project" Goes Online

Posted: 1/4/2007 12:40:00 AM
Author: Gil Zohar
Source: This article was originally posted on the Arutz 7 website on January 3, 2007.

Bar Ilan University "Responsa Project" Goes Online
by Gil Zohar

The world's largest electronic collection of Torah literature is now available online.

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 halacha - the Shulchan Aruch with commentaries, and the collection of 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.