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Welcome to TheTorah.com 2.0

Libraries and educational institutions typically have physical buildings. Our learning space – our beit midrash – is online, and we’ve finally built it a proper home.

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September 22, 2019

RabbiDavid D. Steinberg

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David D. Steinberg

Welcome to TheTorah.com 2.0

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Project TABS (Torah And Biblical Scholarship) began as a dream to introduce academic scholarship into the world of everyday Torah study. We launched our first website, TheTorah.com, on Shavuot 2013 with little funding and no technical assistance. Apart from small adjustments, the site remained structurally unchanged for the next six years.

Week in and week out, TheTorah.com published new essays, and slowly built up a library of in-depth articles covering a vast array of topics, penned by hundreds of authors – distinguished academics and rabbis from around the world and across the religious spectrum. As a new phenomenon, we early on garnered media attention, and even some controversy, but as we stayed the course, continuing to publish and grow our library and our readership, we increasingly became an educational resource for readers of all backgrounds including rabbis, educators, academics, and students.

The original site was always meant to be temporary, and recognizing the need for a professionally built platform, several of our generous supporters stepped forward to fund the redesign of TheTorah.com. It took over a year of careful planning, design and development with the talented team at Bagel Studio, as well as many hundreds of hours of painstaking work by a dedicated troupe of formatters, to convert all the material to new site standards.

With much gratitude to them, our authors, our readers, and especially our supporters, on behalf of the staff at Project TABS, I am thrilled to invite you to our new beit midrash.


Here is a rundown of some of the site features:

Essay Collections and Authors

  • Torah Portion Pages — Every Torah portion now has its own page, with info on the parasha, featured topics, and a list of all essays on the parasha.
  • The Five Books — Pages for each of the Five Books of the Torah are organized around topics found in each book, with links to the Torah portions.
  • Holiday Pages — Essays on each of the holidays are better organized and now easily navigable by topic.
  • Scholarship and Faith — We now have pages with collected essays on Biblical Criticism, Modern Faith, Archaeology, Morality & Ethics, and more, highlighting academic scholarship as well as thought pieces grappling with faith and religious observance.
  • Individual Author PagesAuthors each have their own bio pages, listing their articles on TheTorah.com as well as books they’ve written.

Research and Reading Features

  • Article Topics — Articles are now tagged with related topics, which allows you to drill down and view other articles on that topic.
  • Browse Topics — You can browse and discover all topics on a single page.
  • Search — An improved search tool lets you easily research any subject.
  • Inline Footnotes — In addition to having the footnotes at the end of the article, you can now view them as you read (desktop: on hover, mobile: on tap).
  • Citation Tool — Each article displays a toolbar providing the bibliographical citation in SBL and APA formats.

Rabbi David D. Steinberg is the co-founder and director of TheTorah.com - Project TABS. He learned in Manchester Yeshiva, Gateshead Yeshiva, and Mir Yeshiva. Steinberg took the Ner Le’Elef Rabbinical Outreach training course and moved to Huntington, NY in 2002 to work as an outreach rabbi for the Mesorah Center. In 2007 he joined Aish Hatorah NY as a Programs Director, managing their Yeshiva in Passaic and serving as a rabbi in their Executive Learning program. In 2012, he left his rabbinic post to create TheTorah.com.

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