NEW YORK (Aug. 30)
A modern English version of the Torah is now available in cyberspace.
Jewish Community Online, a location on America Online, last week became the first location to present such a translation of the entire Torah, according to Marc Klein, the publisher of the Jewish area.
The well-known 1962 translation of the Five Books of Moses from the Jewish Publication Society is available on the online service at Keyword: Jewish.
“AOL members can go to keyword: Jewish to find just about anything Jewish. But until now, they couldn’t find our most sacred text. We’re pleased to be able to offer the JPS Torah to our members,” said Klein, who is also the editor and publisher of the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California.
The online version of the Torah is currently available by chapter; users are eventually expected to be able to access the weekly portions of the Torah as well. More than 150,000 AOL members use the Jewish community area each month for information about Judaism and Israel.