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Lighting a candle for Jewry

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If it ain’t in Shamash, it probably ain’t Jewish. Named for the “servant” candle, which lights all the other candles on a menorah, this Semitmenorahic supersite is almost as old as the Web — first copyrighted in 1990.

The look, in fact, is pretty much mid-1990s, with blue hyperlinks and few graphics. The workers seem to have concentrated on the links themselves.

The Jewish Links page leads to a wealth of resources: schools, media outlets, Yiddish plays, kosher recipes, holiday stories, Israel info, software, women’s issues — it goes on and on. All told, the list adds up to 5,192 links in 21 categories.

Also check out the directory of Jewish resources, which includes archaeological, Yiddish, Sephardic, museum and other links.

One section gives you computer tools, like menorahs, Hebrew fonts, Torah scrolls and scenes from Israel. Several “contact sheets” show you what’s available; if you like them, you download the appropriate zip file. Primitive, but it works.

Also creative is is Partners in Torah, which helps you find a friend to learn with.

Shamash offers several versions of the Hebrew Bible — in Hebrew and English, online and downloadable. One linked site, Sacred Texts, has not only the Bible, but the Talmud, the Midrash, Ethics of the Fathers, and at least two versions of the Haggadah.

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Written by Jim Davis

June 13, 2009 at 4:34 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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