Sefaria, Inc. (“Sefaria,” “we,” “us,” etc.), is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to foster Jewish learning by empowering and engaging people around the world to collect and develop Jewish texts under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate them effectively and globally, free of charge, with engaging, interactive interfaces.
To support our community, we provide the essential infrastructure and organizational framework for the development of structured primary texts, translations, annotations, and other learning materials. We strive to make and keep educational and informational content related to Jewish texts available on the internet free of charge, in perpetuity.
We welcome you (“you,” “your,” or the “user”) as a reader, editor, translator, author, or contributor to Sefaria and we encourage you to join the Sefaria community.
2. Your Acceptance
3. Use of Website and Content
You may download our data directly from the Sefaria Data Github Repository at https://github.com/blockspeiser/Sefaria-Data or by accessing our API via http://www.sefaria.org/developers. However, any exploitation of the Website or its Content for any commercial use is strictly prohibited without our express, prior written consent. Any use of data mining, screen-scraping, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction systems, techniques, or code bases whose primary purpose is simply to crawl the Website for its manual or automated Content is strictly prohibited. Any use of our trademarks and logos without our express, prior written consent is strictly prohibited, including but not limited to any use of any meta tags or any other "hidden text" utilizing our name or trademarks.
4. Licensing of Content
To make the entirety of the Jewish textual tradition available as free Content, all users contributing to Sefaria are required to grant broad permissions to the general public to re-distribute and re-use their contributions freely. In keeping with our goal of providing free Jewish texts to the widest possible audience, we require that when necessary all submitted Content be licensed so that it is freely reusable by anyone who cares to access it.
You agree to the following licensing requirements:
5. Refraining from Certain Activities
The texts and annotations hosted by the Sefaria are open to the Sefaria community to develop and improve by means of editing, translating and annotating. We happily welcome your participation in this community. We encourage you to be civil and polite in your interactions with others in the community, to act in good faith, and to make edits and contributions aimed at furthering the Sefaria’s mission.
Certain activities, whether legal or illegal, may be harmful to other users and violate our rules, and some activities may also subject you to liability. Therefore, for your own protection and for that of other users, you may not engage in such activities on our sites.
These activities include:
Harassing and Abusing Others
Violating the Privacy of Others
Engaging in False Statements, Impersonation, or Fraud
Misusing Our Services for Other Illegal Purposes
Engaging in Disruptive and Illegal Misuse of Facilities
We reserve the right to exercise our enforcement discretion with respect to the above terms.
6. Password Security
If you use the Website, you are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the information you submit through your Account Profile and the corresponding password and for restricting access to your computer. You should never disclose this information or the corresponding password to any third party. In addition, you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your Account Profile or password. We reserve the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, and to remove or edit Content submitted by you in the your Account Profile area of the Website.
7. Third-Party Websites and Resources
The Website may link you to the websites and resources of products or services of third parties. You are solely responsible for your access or use of any third-party websites or resources; Sefaria is not liable in any way for your access or use of such websites or resources. Unless otherwise noted, Sefaria does not own or control such third-party websites or resources, and are not responsible or liable for their availability, accuracy, or the related content, products, or services (including, without limitation, any viruses or other disabling features), nor do we have any obligation to monitor such third-party content. In addition, a link to any other website or resource does not imply that we endorse or accept any responsibility for the content or use of such other website or resource. You use of any third party website or resource, as well as your use of products or services that they provide, shall be subject to the terms and conditions provided by such websites or resources.
8. Management of Websites
The need may arise to address a problematic user because of significant disturbance or dangerous or abusive behavior. In such cases, we reserve the right, but do not have the obligation to:
9. Appropriate Content
Sefaria is dedicated to texts of the Jewish tradition. Many texts, while worthwhile in other contexts, may be inappropriate in the context of Sefaria. We, together with designated community members, reserve the right to remove texts which we deem inappropriate for Sefaria’s mission. Users who have submitted inappropriate content will be notified via email.
10. Protecting Children’s Privacy
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. You should be aware that this Website is not intended or designed to attract children under the age of 13. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we actually know is a child under the age of 13.
12. Disputes, Venue, and Jurisdiction
13. Warranty Disclaimer
WHILE SEFARIA DOES ITS BEST TO PROVIDE TEXTS, TRANSLATION, AND ANNOTATION TO A VERY WIDE AUDIENCE, YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR THE CONTENT SHALL BE AT YOUR OWN RISK TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW. THE WEBSITE AND CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS. SEFARIA AND ITS RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AND AFFILIATES DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES’ RIGHTS AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSES. SEFARIA DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES THAT OUR SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, BE SAFE, SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, ACCURATE, OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE SECURE.
We are not responsible for the content, data, or actions of third parties, and you release us, our directors, officers, employees, and agents from any claims and damages, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any claim you have against any such third parties.
Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our services is done at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any Content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice.
Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the types of disclaimers in this section, so they may not apply to you either in part or in full depending on the law.
14. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
IN NO EVENT SHALL SEFARIA OR ITS RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS, BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RELATING TO, ASSOCIATED WITH, OR BASED UPON YOUR OR ANY OTHER PARTY’S USE OF THE WEBSITE INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY SUCH DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM ANY: (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT; (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR OR ANY OTHER PARTY’S ACCESS AND USE OF WEBSITE; (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE WEBSITE; (V) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF YOUR OR ANY OTHER PARTY’S USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WEBSITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT SEFARIA IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
IN NO EVENT SHALL SEFARIA BE LIABLE FOR ANY DELAYS, INACCURACIES, ERRORS OR OMISSIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE INFORMATION OR THE TRANSMISSION OR DELIVERY OF ALL OR ANY PART THEREOF, FOR ANY DAMAGE ARISING FROM OR OCCASIONED THEREBY, OR FOR THE RESULTS OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE INFORMATION. IN NO EVENT WILL SEFARIA BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE AVAILABILITY, USE, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE, AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, OR FOR ANY CLAIM ATTRIBUTABLE TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR OTHER INACCURACIES. SEFARIA SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION OR OTHER MATERIALS DISPLAYED, PURCHASED, OR OBTAINED AS A RESULT OF ANY INFORMATION OR OFFER IN OR RESULTS OF ANY KIND OBTAINED IN CONNECTION WITH THE WEBSITE.
15. Other Terms
You understand that, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by us, you have no expectation of compensation for any activity, contribution, or idea that you provide to us.
16. Notice and Takedown Procedures; and Copyright Agent
If you believe any materials accessible on or from the Website infringe your copyright, you may request removal of those materials (or access thereto) from the Website by contacting Sefaria’s copyright agent (identified below) and providing the following information:
Sefaria’s agent for copyright issues relating to the Website is as follows:
195 Montague St, 14th Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11201
17. Thank You!
We are very happy to have you contributing to Sefaria and using our services. Through your contributions, you are helping to build something really big – a step forward for thousands of years of Jewish learning -- in an open and participatory way.