Nechama Leibowitz, z"l, was one of the towering figures of Torah scholarship in the 20th century. Her students were so eager to study with her that they often asked for homework. These assignments developed into her legendary gilyonot or source sheets. These gilyonot are studied for their incisive questions and thought-provoking approach to Chumash.
Sefaria is proud to announce the addition of nearly 1,500 of Nechama's source sheets to our library. Sefaria hopes That Jewish educators will explore these materials and that find ample opportunity lilmod ulelamed - to learn from Nechama Leibowitz's Torah and teach it to their students.
To help with this Sefaria has created:
A brief orientation to Professor Leibowitz's life and work, prepared by one of her former students
A lesson plan incorporating some of the materials from one of Nechama's gilyonot
- Sefaria’s collection of fully translated sheets, one for each weekly Torah portion
Sefaria is a nonprofit organization, established in 2013, to advance the future of Jewish learning by digitizing and offering Jewish texts online for free, in Hebrew and English translations. Sefaria’s founders, the best-selling author Joshua Foer and Google project manager Brett Lockspeiser, envisioned a world in which any interested person could have unfettered access to the entire Jewish canon.
Sefaria was born of that vision. What has resulted is an online library that offers learners of all levels easy access to Jewish texts, provides students and scholars resources to deepen their learning, and supplies educators with materials to make teaching more efficient and lessons more interactive – all with the goal of enhancing the future of Jewish education.
The Sefaria library has grown to nearly 150 million words and includes more than 101,000 educational source sheets—a primary tool for teaching Jewish text. By the end of 2019, Sefaria expects to have acquired, digitized and posted online the entire core Hebrew canon.