Welcome to learn.jtsa.edu, home to over 2,000 lectures, commentaries, classes, and podcasts that bring the richness of Jewish learning at JTS directly to your computer or mobile device. Our original content includes both writings and podcasts on the weekly Torah portion; formatted and downloadable Jewish texts; and over 200 audio and video classes featuring JTS faculty members and conversations with leading figures discussing the pressing issues of our day. A dynamic hub of inspired Jewish learning, learn.jtsa.edu continues to grow each week.
There are four main ways to access the rich content on learn.jtsa.edu:
1. Homepage Links
When you first arrive at learn.jtsa.edu, you will find a host of featured items. At the top level is a rotating banner, updated weekly, which links to various types of content. Below the main banner are three lists of content: Featured, Popular, and Newest Additions. At the bottom of the page are links to various topics, including Conservative Judaism, God, and Israel. Clicking on any of these will take you to a search result page with all the content on learn.jtsa.edu dealing with the specific theme in question. (Here are the results when Israel is chosen.)
2. Search Bar
At the top right of every page on learn.jtsa.edu is a search bar that allows access to a full-text exploration of all of content on learn.jtsa.edu. Enter the term Jerusalem into the search bar, and every commentary, lecture, podcast, or class containing Jerusalem will appear on the page.
3. Explore Page
A more refined search experience can be found by clicking the Explore button on the top of every page. The Explore Page offers a series of filters, including Collection, Parashah, Theme, and Author, to enable any user to search for and sort through the most relevant material for his or her individual needs. For example, by selecting the appropriate filters, you can find a commentary or lecture about Jewish ethics relating to the book of Genesis. Within that search, you can also conduct a more detailed text search. The Explore Page will load your results, and offer the most individualized experience on learn.jtsa.edu.
4. Torah Commentary
Clicking the Torah Commentary link at the top of the page will take you to the weekly Torah Commentary, allowing for quick and easy access to the various pieces published each week by JTS, translations of Torah portions, and archived commentaries from the past.
Learn.jtsa.edu is a project of JTS’s Department of Community Engagement in partnership with Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.
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