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"Responsa" Project


Bar-Ilan’s Responsa Project, the Global Jewish Database, is the world’s largest electronic collection of Torah literature of its kind. Started more than five decades ago, it has become an indispensable professional tool for every student of Halakha – for lawyers, judges, scholars and laymen.

The online project encompasses a vast collection of Jewish texts, fully and professionally typed in, proofread and hyper-linked.  The texts cover more than 3,000 years of Torah creativity and thought, the best sources of Jewish heritage and tradition throughout the ages.

The database includes a large Responsa collection of questions and answers, the Bible, the Babylonian Talmud and Jerusalem Talmud and their commentaries, the Midrash, the Zohar, Halachic Law (Rambam, Tur, Shulchan Aruch), the Talmudic Encyclopedia, and rare sources.

The Responsa literature includes 100,000 rulings from all over the world that span some 1,000 years. In 2007, the Responsa Project was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize.