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Self-Driving Cars in Halakhah

There is an article in the new issue of Ha-Ma’ayan on self-driving cars in Jewish law. (Hebrew) Some interesting discussion about questions related to liability for damages and use on Shabbat. HT Seforimviews

The Brave New Bavli: Review of the Artscroll iPad App

Elli Fischer and Shai Secunda have a nice review of the Artscroll iPad app in the Jewish Review of Books. In fact, part of the genius of the app is its sophisticated reinstatement of the Vilna page and its aura. Despite ArtScroll’s best efforts, not to speak of those 10,000 extra pages, the classic Vilna […]

Was Siyum HaShas a Missed Opportunity

VIN has an editorial which asks whether the organizers of the Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium missed an opportunity by not live streaming it on the Internet. This incredible and carefully orchestrated event, sparkling with Kiddush Hashem after Kiddush Hashem, should have been broadcast live on the internet. Instead of inspiring the mere 93,000 participants, […]

The Next Level of Talmud Study?

The Atlantic has an extensive review of the Artscroll Talmud App. The conclusion is mixed. So much more could be possible on an iPad — say, for example, that Talmud students could follow their favorite contemporary scholars’ commentaries and teachings, in addition to those of the Babylonian Era — but we aren’t there yet, and […]

Artscroll Talmud App

The Artscroll Talmud App is now available. Here are the pricing options: -Buy a complete volume – Only $16.99 -Buy a single daf – Only 99¢! Perfect when you need one daf on the run, or for school. You can buy single sets of pages i.e. 2a-2b -Daf Yomi Purchase Subscription – sign up to […]

Text-Message Halakhah

At Jewish Ideas Daily Yoel Finkelman has an interesting post about “Text Message Halakhah.” From the ancient moment when the Sages began committing the Oral Torah to writing, through the invention of the printing press, all the way to searchable electronic databases of Jewish texts, each change in communications technology has had an impact on […]

Koren Talmud iPad Version

On a previous post of mine about the new Koren Talmud, Raphaël Freeman of Koren Publishers commented that there will be an iPad version of the new Koren Talmud. Sure enough, I went to the Koren website and from the photo image above you can clearly see an iPad. In the next few months we […]

A Digital Mishnah

Hayyim Lapin has begun work on a “Digital Mishnah.” The website of the project is here.  Below is an example of what a page of such an edition might look like.

Artscroll Talmud Goes Digital-Updated

A reliable source of mine has written on Facebook that Artscroll has announced a digital edition of the Artscroll Talmud that will be available before the next Daf Yomi cycle begins in August. This has tremendous potential. Details to follow. Update: Thanks to the link by Steven in the comments below, you can see the […]

Blog for Text and Tech Geeks

The new blog Sacred Texts promises to offer lots of goodies for the text/tech geek crowd. With “Sacred Techs” we wanted to bring together information focused upon using technology in the real of biblical and ancient studies. It will be periodically updated, on a monthly basis at the least, with articles and interviews on various […]

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