Content FAQ

YairRand edited this page Dec 5, 2017 · 26 revisions

Do you have the text I'm looking for?

Maybe! Take a look at our Table of Contents to see what we currently have, organized by category. You can also start typing the name of the text you're looking for into the search box. If we have the text, it will show up as a suggested title. We add new texts every week; keep an eye on what's new.

Where do you get all the text?

Many places. Click on the name of the text at the top of the screen to find out more about any text and where it came from. In general, we have three methods of acquiring text:

  1. We scan public domain books and then use OCR software to obtain the digitized text. Unfortunately, OCR software is notoriously inaccurate, so we have a small team of people who correct errors and format the text properly for importing into our system. It is a time-consuming process, but we hope that by digitizing many of these important books now, and releasing them without usage restrictions, we will be bringing them into the modern age and no one will ever have to repeat this work again.

  2. We also import already digitized texts from other online sources which allow copying and reuse such as Wikisource and On Your Way.

  3. Many times people donate their work to the commons (the public domain), or place it in the commons in exchange for a fee. We work with publishers, authors, and translators to facilitate the entry of works into the commons so that we can add them to the Sefaria database.

What books have you OCRed and imported to date?

The current list of what Sefaria has digitized in-house is here.

I am an author, or the descendant of one, and I own the rights to a book I would like to contribute to Sefaria. Are you interested?

We would love to talk to you - we've had several people donate books and translations and we would love to have more. When you contribute to Sefaria, you're not really contributing to Sefaria, you're donating the work to the public domain for everyone to use. Sefaria will simply digitize the work (if necessary), host it, and make it accessible for the world to see. For more details, please email hello@sefaria.org.

Can you add _____ text to the library?

We appreciate all of your suggestions — they help us prioritize which texts to work on acquiring next. Our goal is to make all Jewish texts available in Sefaria’s library, however, it does take time. Is there a text you'd love to see in the library? Tell us about it!

Who prepares the translations?

Our translations come from a few different sources. We import public domain translations, work with publishers to release existing translations into the commons, support crowdsourced translations, and in some cases commission translations from professionals. On the table of contents for any text, the source of each of the different versions is specified.

Can you add more translations to the library?

We agree — the more translations, the better! As part of our commitment to making Jewish texts accessible to everyone, we provide content in both Hebrew and translation (English, for now). We have imported public domain translations and allowed users to create crowd-sourced translations, but that’s not the only avenue we’ve been pursuing. We translate some works in house, and are also actively working with authors and publishers to release texts from copyright restrictions, making them free for use and reuse via Sefaria. To stay updated on the newest translations, follow us on our blog and check our news-feed.

Where are the vowels?

We don't have vowels for everything, but we do have them for some works - e.g. Tanach, Mishnah, and Rashi’s commentary on Torah. Check the version to see if there is a vocalized edition available.

How can I report a mistake in the text?

Click here to learn what information is most helpful in reporting corrections: How to Report a Mistake.

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