Monday, August 16, 2010

Online Sefer Torah Scrolls

One thing that is indispensable when studying Pentateuch is ... well.. an authoritative Pentateuch text itself. As of today, there are many resources available that provide all conceivable versions of the Bible known to man. However, there is usually no way to see an actual  Torah Scroll, unless you own one or can access one at the nearby synagogue.

Fortunately, there are more and more resources become available on the Internet every day, so I was finally able to track down and collect several great resources, that one can use to supplement usual copy of the Bible. I would suggest first to read this article about Torah, if you are not familiar with the differences between available texts.

Let's begin with the Kosher Sefer Torah Scroll resources...

What is most important about this first link bellow, is that these images would allow you to look at the original Hebrew text of Pentateuch that is actually being used in a synagogue, as well as to make copies of the Torah (that is why it is a Kosher Scroll).
  1. Five Sefer Torahs of Congregation Beth Emeth (Conservative Judaism) of Northern Virginia.
For example, here is an image of the part of the Torah Scroll that discusses the Courtyard of the Mishkan(right top paragraph, after the first break):

Unfortunately, this is the only web site that I know of for now that contains such a valuable study tool. If I will find any more web sites, I will add it to my blog as well.

Here are some more resources, that also contain the text of the Pentateuch(and in some cases, the entire Tanach). However, these are simply replicas of the Torah Scroll according to the rules of masora; meaning that the text is written and formatted as if it was an actual Torah Scroll. These resources are not as valuable as the one above, but they provide some other advantages to the user (such as cross referencing the text with the translation, different styles, e.t.c)

  1. Sefer Torah Scroll (with some of the Megillot and useful comments on writing the scroll). May be Kosher Torah, but I'm not sure that I would trust it due to low resolution of the images.

  2. Torah by World ORT (with translation, transliteration and chanting)
I think this is it for now, but I will try to add more resources like that as they become available.

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