Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A very active couple of weeks for UCSC's Jewish Studies

Dear friends,

We would like to invite you to the upcoming events organized by the UCSC Center for Jewish Studies.

JANUARY 27, 5:00 pm, Humanities Lecture Hall
REBECCA GOLDSTEIN, author of 36 Arguments for the Existence of God and other works of fiction, including The Mind-Body Problem, Mazel, and Properties of Light.

FEBRUARY 1, 11-12:10, Jack Baskin Auditorium, Room 101
"The Popularization of the Kabbalah in Old Yiddish Literature (17th-18th Century)"
JEAN BAUMGARTEN, Professor and Directeur de Recherche, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre des Hautes Etudes Juives, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France.

FEBRUARY 2, 12 - 2:30, Humanities 1, Room 210
"Kabbalah on the Margins: Sabbatian, Jewish-Christian, and Theatrical Transformations of the Kabbalah in Ashkenazi Society"
DANIEL ABRAMS, Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Bar Ilan University, Israel
JEAN BAUMGARTEN, Professor and Directeur de Recherche, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre des Hautes Etudes Juives, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France.
YOSSI CHAJES, Professor of Jewish History, the University of Haifa, Israel
ELLIOT WOLFSON, Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University

FEBRUARY 4, 4:00 pm, Humanities 1, Room 545
"The Camp in the Desert: Gentrification and Hasidic Williamsburg"
NEIL BRENNER, Professor of Sociology, New York University and NATHANIEL DEUTSCH, Professor of History and Literature and Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, UC Santa Cruz

FEBRUARY 10, 12:00 pm, Humanities 1, Room 210
"The Right to Remain: Jewish Geographies in Imperial Russia"
NATHANIEL DEUTSCH, Professor of History and Literature and Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, UC Santa Cruz

All events are free and open to the public, although some require RSVP. Support provided by the David B. Gold Foundation. Please visit the CJS website for event details.

http://cjs.ucsc.edu/

Murray Baumgarten and Nathaniel Deutsch
Professors and Co-Directors of the Center for Jewish Studies at UCSC

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Finding the TaNaKh online

Given the recent intense interest in tracking down copies of the TaNaKh (the Jewish Bible) fueled by Dr. Baumgarten's Winter 2010 class, I thought I'd share some links to online editions I've discovered.

A couple of quick notes to start. First, the word "TaNaKh" is formed from the first letter of the Hebrew names of the three parts of the Jewish Bible: Torah, Neviim (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings). If you can find the part you want, even if it doesn't say "TaNaKh," you're good. Jewish sources will often use Hebrew names and follow traditional forms in organizing books and sections. For more help with navigating these see Judaic Texts.

Most English translations I've listed are based on the 1917 Jewish Publication Society edition. The main recommendation for this version is that it is out of copyright protection. Also, different editions will feature different configurations, notably English-Hebrew side-by-side, or just English or just Hebrew. If you don't find the configuration that suits you, just keep looking. Most of the Masoretic Hebrew versions (i.e., those with vowels and cantilation marks) do so via an unwieldy Unicode scheme that will be awkward for those who can read Hebrew. But there are a few that provide very readable Hebrew versions.

TanakhML: Hebrew(BHS)/English(KJV) - very sophisticated set of tools but tricky to navigate

Biblos: Hebrew-English interlinear - a well-done, rich study resource; follow links to explore different presentations


ORT Navigating the Bible
: Hebrew-English-transliteration - this is a very well-done version, but Torah only

Chabad: Complete Jewish Bible: English (Hebrew and commentary available for Torah only)

Jewish Virtual Library: English (JPS, 1917)

Anglo-Hareidi Community: English or עברית

Mechon-Mamre: Hebrew/English (JPS, 1917) plus links to other sources

Shamash: English (JPS, 1917) download .zip file

Sacred Texts
: Hebrew with tranliteration

Tanakh.us: Hebrew