Shalom chaverim! We’ve been building an online havurah (חבורה, fellowship) engaged in Torah Lishmah (תורה לשמה, study for it’s own sake.) Many informative resources are on this website, and our community discusses topics in our Facebook group, Coffeehouse Torah Talk..

Jewish books

As webmaster and discussion facilitator it seems like I should be open my worldview, and one of the common – although not only! – views that you’ll find in our website and discussion group. I’m Robert Kaiser a passionate advocate of Judaism, of Jewish continuity and community, and an advocate for science and rationalist philosophy. These ideas are what draw me to traditional Judaism without fundamentalism; an egalitarian Judaism based on a life of mitzvot, halakhah aggadah, and mussar,

Robert Me

Our community draws from the wisdom of classical rabbinic commentators, as well as modern modes of learning from non-Orthodox scholars. Think Conservative Judaism, the Havurah Movement, Open Orthodoxy, The Jewish Catalog, Masorti Judaism, Trad-Egal, and the return-towards-tradition wing of Reform.

People join in our discussions because they love Torah Lishmah, and have been looking for a place to learn or teach in a halakhic egalitarian Jewish milieu, without politics or fundamentalism.

Coffeehouse Torah Talk (Facebook group)

 Glossary of Jewish words and ideas.

Cheat sheet of important rabbis and rabbinic terms

What you need to know if you are converting to Judaism

How to argue Jewishly

For just about any category, what Jewish books should we have?

Art, graphics and photo resources

PikiWiki, Israel’s Free Photo Database

Gustave Dore Bible images gallery

Gustave Doré’s illustrations for La Grande Bible de Tours

The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustration

To e-mail us:

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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