Ha-Michlol (“The Entirety”), an ultra-Orthodox, user-generated Wikipedia, aims to create “the largest Jewish encyclopedia in history, which includes articles on all issues pertaining to the Torah, Jewish values and the history of the Jewish people, but also knowledge pertaining to mankind and from all the secular [hulin] fields – written in clean language according to the Jewish worldview.” Is it a step towards a greater appreciation, on the part of Haredim, of western, secular knowledge, or a step away, or both, or neither?

This is a segment from The “Broadening Horizons” Edition.


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Photo by Nati Shohat / Flash90: An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man studying religious texts with a computer at a Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

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