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  • The Encyclopedia Judaica. Published originally in 1971, Encyclopedia Judaica has been the leading source for information on the Jewish people, the Jewish faith, and the state of Israel.
  • HAIFA - The University of Haifa is a valuable resource.
  • Those interested in the "cutting edge" of Jewish philosophical and theological reflection should check out the archives of the Shamash - Useful Judaica resource.
  • Internet Jewish History Sourcebook - Another good source that also has audio files.
  • Vocabulary Practice - Newly learned vocabulary of various units are reinforced by dragging words, which become pictures, in order to create a new illustration. Also see Stanford's Website.
  • Verb Finder - Verbs' Finder, in Hebrew and English, in all tenses and pronouns.
  • Hebrew Alphabet Learning Program - Learn and practice the print and script form of each Hebrew letter, as well as hear its name and practice its pronounciation with various Hebrew vowels.
  • Dictionary - This combined Lookup of Hebrew-English and English-Hebrew Dictionaries (check the ‘more results button for each option) comprises more than 300,000 terms covering a myriad of fields such as Medicine, Electronics, Zoology, Business, Computers, Religion, Technical, Idioms & Slang and much more. To get results, simply type a word in the search box.
  • Helpful, Inclusive Online Dictionary - Under the banner on the left, there are four underlined words or phrases. Clicking on the far left one will open a small window with a virtual keyboard in Hebrew. You can then click each letter of the word you are searching for. The letters will appear in the search box on the right. Once you have completed entering the word, click on the dark purple word next to the search box. It will say: Targum = Translation. A new window with the word's translation will appear.
  • Daily Hebrew Phrases - A collection of Israeli colloquial phrases is explained literally as well as idiomatically and provides an audio demonstartion and a short skit to exemplify the correct usage of each  phrase. 
  • University of Texas - Austin Hebrew Program - Activities designed "to draw students' attention to the importance of applying well-defined language learning strategies, in particular strategies for vocabulary memorization and retention."
  • Hebrew Keyboard through EGARC
  • Virtual keyboards and capability of sending e-mails in Hebrew


Jewish Studies Program statement in solidarity with protests against police brutality

Beloved community,

As an academic program in the University of Kansas, we stand in solidarity with Black Americans -- including Black Jewish people -- and everyone hurting after the senseless, brutal murder of George Floyd and all people targeted by systemic racism and injustice in our country. We continue to be committed to our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This morning, the Association for Jewish Studies sent out an email reminding us that as scholars of Jewish Studies, we are keenly aware of the devastating impact of discrimination and violence against minority groups. Dr. Cécile Accilien, the Chair of the KU Department of African and African-American studies, shared with us the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

The Jewish Studies academic community is rich and diverse – it includes scholars and students who are Jewish and non-Jewish, scholars and students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and from multiple denominations and creeds, people who are immigrants (like myself) and those who are American-born. The Bible commands: צֶ֥דֶק צֶ֖דֶק תִּרְדֹּ֑ף tzedek tzedek tirdof, which translates into English as “Only justice shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). In this well-cited verse, the Hebrew word tzedek, or justice, repeats twice. There can be many explanations of the repetition – textual interpretation in all its many forms is a beloved pursuit for many of us. Today, I am going to give you my own interpretation -- though I am sure that it already exists somewhere in the treasury of Jewish exegesis. One tzedek, or justice, you must pursue for yourself and for people like you; that is, perhaps, the justice that is easiest to understand, because we keenly feel injustices committed against ourselves and people like us. The other tzedek is the justice you must pursue for the sake of people who are not like you. It is often a harder lesson, but a necessary one. The justice, or tzedek, which we pursue thus also becomes a gift of chesed, of lovingkindness that enriches all of us.


In solidarity,

Dr. Renee Perelmutter,

Director of the Jewish Studies Program

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