ABOUT THE PROJECT

A Tradition Never to be Forgotten
HeHaCham HaYomi (The Daily Sage) is an accessible Internet database of Israeli Sages from past generations. In this database, there are hundreds of sources from the writings of Sephardic and Mizrachi Sages. Each Sage has a page of learning which includes his life story, and selections from his writings on a number of subjects such as, "Love of Israel," "Tzedakah and Healing," "Torah Study,"The Customs of Israel," "Traditions of the Elders," "The Redemption of Israel," and "Israel’s Relations with its Neighbors," which offer anchors for the perceptions of an open and inclusive Jewish identity, that integrates social values as a central aspect of tradition, and connects the assets of this heritage of the communities of Israel to the wider public in the State of Israel.

The rich Jewish tradition of Sephardic Jewry and Jews from Islamic lands (Mizrachim), and specifically the open and fruitful meeting of this tradition with modernity, promotes a moderate and inclusive Jewish identity that does not force its values; a Judaism in whose center are social values – morality, ethics, humanity. All of these are "gifts" that are worthy to be shared with all of Israeli society, so that the Jewish Mizrachi heritage will not be limited to Mizrachim alone, but rather will have the potential to share an identity that goes beyond ethnicity, to create a shared base that is not sectorial, but that includes all of Israel. "And the knowledgeable will be radiant like the bright expanse of sky, and those who lead the many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever." (Daniel, 12:3).

Our gratitude and felicitations to those who have undertaken this task 

To our faithful associates who made the research of the Sages possible: The first 500 Sages, thanks to the support of the Kahanoff Foundation, 500 more Sages thanks to the support of the Posen Foundation, and translation of the website to English, thanks to the support of the Montefiore Foundation. 

To the Daily Sage team – Hay Neeman, Dana Shamasian, Maayan Maimon, Ronny Muaem, Yigal David; the writers and researchers – Drori Yehosua, Asher Greener, Racheli Abuhatseira, Aviel Jaburi, Rabbi Yitzhak Gabai; the consultants and assistants Rabbi Yitzhak Chouraqui, Rabbi David Zeno, Mazal Davidi, Ran Houri and Hani Maimram; 

And I too spent many long hours so as to privilege the public Eli Bareket