October 2016, New York—Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT) announces the launch of the YCTorah Virtual Library, now available at Torahlibrary.org.
A collaborative effort years in the making, the YCTorah Virtual Library brings the Torah teachings and halakhic insights of YCT’s teachers and rebbeim to the larger Jewish community and beyond. Some of the library’s highlights include:
• insights into parashat hashavua and divrei Torah for each of the chagim.
• a section dedicated to Halakha and Modernity, with annotated source sheets on diverse topics, including disabilities; other religions; gender, marriage and family; science and medical ethics; tzedakkah and social justice, and more.
• essays on Jewish thought and religious vision.
• audio and video daf yomi shiurim.
• in-depth exploration of Talmudic topics.
• full-text volumes of the Edah, Meorot, and Millin Havivin journals.
Users can take advantage of the open-access library through a sleek, contemporary, easily navigable interface that is fully searchable by author, topic, document type, or keyword. Content is created by a host of authors and updated daily.
According to Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Dov Linzer, “Of the seventy faces of Torah, online Torah engagement must certainly be one. There has been an explosion of Torah on the web in recent years, in the written word, podcasts, and videos. But our website offers something special: a Torah that is rigorous, nuanced, and scholarly, and at the same time, inspiring, passionate, and inclusive. It is a Torah which speaks to the modern condition, and the wide range of topics available mean that everyone—from beginner to expert, from the Talmudically-inclined to the lovers of Tanakh and Jewish thought—will find something that speaks to them, and we trust that they will keep coming back for more.”
YCT President Rabbi Asher Lopatin added, “Our online Torah library takes YCT to the next level, taking our Torah outside the walls of the yeshiva to provide serious and enduring thought for the Orthodox Jewish community. We are thrilled to be sharing the wisdom of our Rosh HaYeshiva and of all our rebbeim and teachers with the broader Jewish community, and to be teaching, inside our yeshiva and out, a Torah that is nuanced, inspiring, and authentic.”