Aug 5, 2008 — Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) has revamped its popular Web site, Marcos and Adina Katz YU Torah Online (www.yutorah.org), in an effort to meet the growing demand for high quality Torah content across the world. YU Torah Online offers unprecedented access to Torah from YU and its Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS).
The newly designed interface will provide an archive of almost 20,000 shiurim (lectures) in video, audio, and written format, with hundreds more to be added weekly. The shiurim are all free to the public and fully downloadable.
Those who can’t physically attend a shiur will now have the luxury of searching for the lecture of their choice from a comprehensive database at their convenience.
“People can read or listen to a shiur on practically any subject from their desktop, laptop, or PDA at any time,” says Rob Shur, director of YU Torah Online.
The Web site offers visitors a broad range of topics, including Parshat Hashavua (weekly Torah portion), Daf Yomi (daily Talmud regimen), Halakhah (Jewish law), Machshava (philosophy), and YU courses – such as introduction to Bible, Chasidut, and Kabbalah.
Contributors to the site represent a vast and diverse group of over 600 authors and speakers, including such prominent YU scholars as Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rabbi Mordechai I. Willig, Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff, and Rabbi Meir Goldwicht.
In addition, YU publications such as Beit Yitzchak and Kol Zvi (Torah essays from RIETS), Derech Hateva (Stern College for Women’s Torah and science publication), the Orthodox Forum series and Torah Umadda Journal (essays on contemporary issues in Modern Orthodoxy), Journal of Jewish Music and Liturgy (YU’s Belz School of Jewish Music), and Ten Da’at (journal of Jewish education) will be available online.
Visitors to the site can subscribe to RSS feeds and podcasts of their favorite speakers or series and will be sent automatic email notifications when new material has been added.
“With close to two million hits a month, it’s wonderful to watch the Torah of YU enter the homes of communities across the world,” says Rabbi Kenneth Brander, dean of the CJF. “We receive comments on a regular basis from both men and women, from Hawaii to Hong Kong, Israel to India, New York to New Zealand, praising the Web site. This site has enabled Jews of all types and backgrounds to grow in their learning and spirituality.”
YU Torah Online is made possible by the generosity of Marcos and Adina Katz and is a project of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF).