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What websites are essential bookmarks on a Jew's internet browser? I am thinking broadly of resources like a place to get online texts or a particularly good blog etc...

Please include links as well as a description of the particular value of each website to the Jewish bookmark collection.

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@Isaac Moses, should I link this to the meta question in any way? –  Jordan May 31 '11 at 12:29
    
Why not: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/170. –  msh210 May 31 '11 at 15:13
    
    
Google.co.il For all your Jewish needs. –  avi Feb 8 '12 at 19:50

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Others have stated some good ones, which I won't repeat. Some more:

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hebcal.com/hebcal is also a good calendar. They also have a nice date converter, which is great for figuring out birthdays. –  Menachem Jun 2 '11 at 7:16

Someone has to say it. Judaism.SE Mi.Yodeya.com!

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Link? Is that something in Sweden? :) –  Isaac Moses Feb 8 '12 at 16:28
    
Link has been added. I think they're located in the US, actually, but you can contact them and ask them if you want. ;-) –  Seth J Feb 8 '12 at 17:37
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@IsaacMoses how is this not the top voted answer? –  Shmuel Brin Mar 25 '12 at 6:23
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@AdamMosheh, but this site brings you to all of those wonderful sites, with the knowledge to help you find what you are looking for there! –  Seth J Jul 12 '12 at 15:42
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@SethJ - In that case, +1; baruch pokeyach ivrim! –  Adam Mosheh Jul 12 '12 at 21:09

Aside for all those already mentioned, I find these websites very useful (probability says I visit most of these 1/week)

Edited: Added descriptions of value

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http://chabadlibrary.org/books has digital, searchable texts of a couple of hundred sefarim.

Most of the collection is sefarim of Chabad interest: Keser Shem Tov (by the Baal Shem Tov) and Ohr Torah (by the Maggid of Mezeritch), various works of the rebbeim of Chabad-Lubavitch (including really fundamental ones like Tanya and Shulchan Aruch Harav), plus some from their prominent disciples; some books discussing specific areas of halachah as elucidated and practiced by Chabad; and some books on general Chabad history and personal memoirs.

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This is a good question: maybe we should put together one master list somewhere, indexed and with descriptions?

To those that others have already mentioned, I wish to add:

  • Mordechai Torczyner's WebShas: an index to the Shas Bavli that he has produced (and is still producing). To give you an idea of what it's like, this is the page for activities prohibited on Shabbat;

  • Rav Nissan Kaplan's collected shiurim. Perhaps not for everybody (though I love it, and it helps me feel like I'm still in yeshiva on days when I wish that I were). His mussar schmuessen are my favourites, though I'm also a long-time fan of his halakha shiurim. His gemara shiurim are still a little too advanced for me, but they come with PDFs of the material that he covers in point form, and they're something that I'm working towards. Rav Kaplan is a mashgiach ruchani at the Mir Yeshiva, Jerusalem;

  • Somebody has already mentioned the DAF, but I want to emphasise it in case people here are not familiar with it. This page constitutes their page-by-page summary of Masekhet Eruvin, and if you fiddle around with the site you'll find all sorts of other good things;

  • A friend and old yeshiva colleague of mine, together with some friends of his, has put together a truly excellent daf yomi application called The Mercava. This has a tremendous amount of potential;

  • Finally, in addition to using Jastrow's dictionary (which I'm told can be found here), I rely very heavily on Morfix, which is an online Israeli Hebrew dictionary. It's fast, it's reasonably accurate, and if you're working through anything in Israeli Hebrew (for example, Kehati's Mishna commentary, or Rav Steinsaltz's Hebrew peirush on gemara) it's hard to do without.

So far as blogs are concerned, there are really not many that I like, but the absolute top of the list would be On The Main Line, which is a very scholarly (and very entertaining) exploration of Jewish historical esoterica!

Second to that, and at times a distant second, is Rabbi Gil Student's Torah Musings. It can be a very good source of Jewish news, and Rabbi Ari Enkin's halakhic contributions are always worth reading. Unfortunately, they do not yet seem to be archived anywhere on the site, and so you have to look through manually in order to find them.

I also really enjoy occasional posts at The Talmud Blog, find very useful Rabbi Natan Slifkin's database of sources testifying to the scientific errors of Chazal, and sometimes enjoy his blog, Rationalist Judaism, as well.

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Lots of quality audio and video at SimpleToRemember. See the categories at the bottom right.

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Other lists of essential Jewish websites:

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www.reddit.com/r/Judaism

While itself not essential, the sidebar as a lot of good links. I will copy/paste two sections here, but I am a bit too lazy to format it. (Looking at the preview, it formats just fine!)

  • Websites/Resources

  • Jews for Judaism - A response to missionaries.

  • JewFAQ - If you don't see it in our FAQ, check this out. It's hugely informative.

  • Mi Yodea - Judaism Stack Exchange.

  • MyZmanim - Prayer times, customizable to your location!

  • GoDaven - Find a minyan nearby just about anywhere.


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Here is a beautiful new site providing Torah Summary & Analysis: http://www.TorahSummary.org

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