Over the years my friends and I have been building an online havurah (Hebrew: “study-fellowship”) engaged in Torah Lishmah תורה לשמה, study for it’s own sake. Resources are on this website, while we learn together in our Facebook group, Coffeehouse Torah Talk.

Jewish books

As primary author/webmaster, seems like I should mention my worldview: I’m a passionate advocate and student of science and philosophy, and advocate for halakhic, non-fundamentalist, egalitarian Judaism.

My friends and I draw from the wisdom of classical rabbinic commentators, as well as modern modes of learning from non-Orthodox scholars. Think Conservative Judaism, Havurah Movement, Open Orthodoxy, The Jewish Catalog, Masorti Judaism, Trad-Egal, etc. We do Torah Lishmah in a halakhic egalitarian Jewish milieu, without politics or fundamentalism.

Join our Facebook havurah, Coffeehouse Torah Talk

Here’s a helpful glossary of Jewish words, and important rabbis.

What you need to know if you are converting to Judaism

How to argue Jewishly


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Absolute Talmud

Some great Biblical artwork

The Doré Bible Gallery Woodcuts by Gustave Doré (1832-1883)

Gustave Dore Art Images

Historie des Ouden en Nieuwen Testaments : verrykt met meer dan vierhonderd printverbeeldingen in koper gesneeden. Author: Martin, David, 1639-1721

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  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
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