Over 60 years, the Talmudic Encyclopedia project has produced 29 masterful volumes, which summarize all the Talmudic halakhic issues and concepts, and all the opinions of halakhic scholars, from the completion of the Talmud to modern times, on every aspect of Jewish law. To complete the project, Torah scholars in Jerusalem are working to produce another 50 volumes.
Part of the work involves finding, scanning and collating millions of pages of printed and manuscript sources, and integrating all the available texts into a systemic summary of the Oral Torah in a concise and accurate manner.
The expansion of knowledge is making each topic harder to summarize and each entry longer. Instead of 200 entries per volume, the latest volumes contain just 10 entries and, as new halakhic material is developed, the task of completing the Encyclopedia becomes almost impossible.
Today, multi-volume Encyclopedia books are being replaced by electronic media such as internet search engines, online data sources and CD ROMs. This has driven the Yad HaRav Herzog Institute project to expand its vision towards making its unparalleled Oral Torah materials more easily accessible to the widest possible audience.