There’s a new craze among religious students in Israel. As regular folk get in on the act of shaping the world’s knowledge by writing, editing and improving articles on Wikipedia, religious students are busily working on their own Jewish Wikipedia-like project.
The Responsa Project, run by Bar Ilan University, is digitizing tens of thousands of rabbinic rulings from throughout Jewish history — essentially the basis on which contemporary Jewish law is built. Traditionally the preserve of scholars who know in which dusty volume to find what, now the responsa are there for everyone. Key words are hyperlinked making it easier than ever to navigate the body of material.