The question title explains it all -- I'm looking for a public domain audio recording of the Tanakh. For example, these people have recorded Genesis: http://librivox.org/the-bible-the-book-of-genesis/


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    not public domain, but this site has a recording each verse in the torah and haftorah: bible.ort.org/intro1.asp
    – Menachem
    May 13, 2012 at 1:15
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    I assume you refer want it in Hebrew?
    – Double AA
    May 13, 2012 at 2:21
  • Are you looking for something free or something you can re-use without having to worry about licensing? May 13, 2012 at 18:58
  • @YaakovKuperman the latter, something I can re-use without having to worry about licensing May 13, 2012 at 19:50
  • @Menachem unfortunately, it's gotta be public domain or thereabouts. if the link you provided actually provides separate files for each verse, that'd be great (in that respect). thank you May 13, 2012 at 20:08

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There are recordings of the Torah, haftaros, Five Megillos, and parts of other books of Tanach on Hebrew Wikisource, under the section "Vayavinu Bamikra" (not to be confused with the CD of that name mentioned in DoubleAA's comment).

They're not quite public domain, but pretty close - under the Creative Commons "Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported" license, the same as what's used for StackExchange sites, including this one.

  • Welcs. I'll bl"n delete your comment, and mine, when I assume you've read this.
    – msh210
    May 14, 2012 at 18:06
  • Thanks @Alex, so in this scenario, I can use these recordings and just post an attribution? I'm going to accept your answer. May 15, 2012 at 5:07

The recordings referenced herein are not public domain.

Much of Tana"ch is available for streaming, read with cantillation by Rav Jeremy Weider on yutorah.org. Typing "laining" in the search field at the top takes you right to them. (They are also in the "Series" tab under "Laining" if you are on the browsing page.)

Here are yutorah's Terms of Use.

  • Those recordings are even less in the public domain than the others on the site as they are not available for download. In fact I know that Rabbi Weider sells/sold a CD with those recordings on it called Vayavinu Bamiqra. So these are definitely not public.
    – Double AA
    May 13, 2012 at 19:57
  • Thanks for the heads up. I'm definitely looking for something I can use and not get in trouble for :-) May 13, 2012 at 19:58
  • Thanks @DoubleAA. Not trying to incriminate anyone here. I will place a bold disclaimer.
    – WAF
    May 14, 2012 at 1:16
  • That said, the CD is an excellent resource with recordings of all the parshot, haftorot and megillot, as well as a number of shiurim on dikduk as it relates to proper keriat hatorah.
    – Double AA
    May 14, 2012 at 2:22

Go to archive.org and search Dan Be'eri. You'll find both cantillation and narration formats. Mostly complete and downloadable.

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    Welcome to Mi Yodeya Peter! Thanks for the answer!
    – mevaqesh
    Jun 6, 2017 at 22:24

Although they may or may not be in the public domain, I found these on Mechon-Mamre's website:

You can download these MP3 files either chapter-by-chapter, or an entire book at a time.

  • These are not pubic domain either.
    – Double AA
    May 14, 2012 at 3:24
  • Thanks @Adam Mosheh, but it's not too hard to find audio files. The trick is finding the appropriate license. May 15, 2012 at 5:03

Chabad.org allows you to download the recordings of the Torah readings, and so I assume that means that they are in the public domain. Of course, these are not the Tanach and not even the entire Torah portions, just the amount read in synagogue.

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