Research Resources

The Academic Resources made available by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life include sources and materials created by The Magnes staff, collaborative projects with other institutions, UC Berkeley Library resources, and tools available online to the general public. 

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Otzar ha-chokhmah (UC Berkeley access only)

Otzar ha-chokhmah (אוצר החכמה) is an online database containing more than 45,000 full-text titles in a wide range of fields of Judaic Studies from ancient to modern: Bible and its Commentaries; Rabbinic Literature; Halakhah and Customs; Jewish Philosophy; Kabbalah and Hasidism; Modern scholarship in Jewish history, Hebrew linguistics, psychology, sociology and information science. Each title has been scanned page after page in their original format. Many of the titles are available in multiple editions. (In Hebrew.) 



University of Pennsylvania – Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is the only institution in the world devoted exclusively to post-doctoral research on Jewish civilization in all its historical and cultural manifestations. Located in its award-winning building on Philadelphia's Independence Mall, the Katz Center was created in the fall of 1993 by the merger of the Annenberg Research Institute and the University of Pennsylvania.

Ketubbot Digitization Project – Jewish National and University Library

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is one of the participating partners in the ketubbot digitization project of the Jewish National and University Library. Many of the over two hundred ketubbot (Jewish marriage certificates) in the collection are included in the database, complete with high- and low-resolution digital surrogates.

RAMBI - Index of Articles in Jewish Studies

RAMBI - The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies, is a selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies. Material listed in Rambi is compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles - in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages- mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library. The main criterion for inclusion in the bibliography is that the article be based on scientific research, or contain important information for such research.