AVI CHAI Israel disseminates quality content on the Internet in order to offer a broad population diverse opportunities for exposure to, experience with an exploration of Jewish tradition and culture. Our websites:
Lexicon of Jewish Culture (www.lexicon.cet.ac.il) includes photographs, films, and more than 1,000 entries that reflect approximately 3,000 years of Jewish creativity.
Midreshet (www.midreshet.org.il), the site of the Network of Batei Midrash in Israel, offers visitors access to hundreds of beit midrash source sheets that deal with questions and content related to Jewish-Israeli identity and culture. The source sheets are created by study-group facilitators and other visitors to the site.
Mikranet (www.mikranet.org.il), operated in partnership with the Ministry of Education, and developed in partnership with CET and Gesher, makes classical commentaries and online texts from the Bible, Mishna, Talmud, and Midrash accessible to anyone who is interested. The site also includes lesson plans, video clips, games, and other resources relevant to teachers and students of the Bible.
Piyut (www.piyut.org.il) contains background on the world of liturgical poetry or Piyut, including hundreds of piyutim and thousands of recordings chanted according to the traditions of Jewish communities from around the world. The site also hosts an active community called “Piyutsharing,“ which enables surfers to share texts, renderings, and resources from their traditions.
Tarbut IL (www.tarbut.cet.ac.il) focuses on Jewish-Israeli culture and targets the general public and the community of teachers and students engaged in the study of Jewish culture and tradition, Jewish philosophy, and the oral Torah (Mishna and Talmud). Initiated by the Posen Foundation and joined by AVI CHAI, the Hartman Institute, and CET, the initiative serves as a platform for the ongoing efforts of Israeli teachers, for the presentation of relevant textbooks in the field, and as a source of knowledge and reference for anyone interested in these subjects.
As part of the AVI CHAI Library, the new website http://agadastories.org.il includes an updated edition of the Sefer Ha’Aggadah, produced 70 years after the passing of Yehoshua Chana Ravnitzki, who compiled the book in partnership with Chaim Nachman Bialik.
In this new edition, some of the stories include introductions, links and references for further reading. Other stories are adapted for children, and include illustrations and narration.