FID Licenses

What are the FID licenses?
The FID Jewish Studies provides researchers with access to subject-specific electronic resources (FID licenses). This is based on research interests relevant to Hebraica, Jewish Studies and Israel studies in the broadest sense.

Who can register?
Users have to be based in Germany and shall be engaged in research in Jewish Studies and Israel Studies in the broadest sense. The FID Jewish Studies serves in particularly, but not exclusively, members of German universities (including students), research institutions, museums and memorial sites

Important information:

Registration and login through the "Kompetenzzentrum für Lizenzierung" (in German)

Download here guidelines for registration via selected home institutions (in German)

🆕Arabic-Hebrew Dictionary

The "Milon Aravi-Ivri" is based on the David Ayalon and Pessah Shinar' lexicon (Jerusalem Magnes Press, 1947). While continuously updated with modern vocabulary, the dictionary also encompasses vocabulary from ancient sources, including the Quran and the Hadith, alongside other religious Arabic literature and poetry. The database is hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

We offer this license in cooperation with the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies at the Institute for Jewish Philosophy and Religion at Universität Hamburg.

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Brill E-Book-Paket Philosophie

A collection of more than 1000 e-books in philosophy published by Brill. The licence covers numerous important book series and a broad spectrum of subjects, including Jewish philosophy.
This e-book collection was originally licensed for the FID Philosophy (University of Cologne) and is part of a larger portfolio of electronic publications. For more information see PhilPortal

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Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture

The encyclopedia presents approximately 800 articles on modern Jewish history and culture (1750 to 1950) from Europe to the Americas to the Near East, North Africa, and other non-European Jewish settlements. About 40 comprehensive articles provide overarching information on central themes and concepts such as autonomy, exile, emancipation, literature, liturgy, music, and Jewish scholarship.The encyclopedia was edited by Dan Diner on behalf of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities and compiles contributions from internationally renowned experts. The German print version was published between 2011 and 2017 and is available online. An English translation is under preparation and partly accessible (letters A-S).

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Index to Hebrew Periodicals (IHP)

The Index to Hebrew Periodicals (IHP) of Haifa University is a multi-disciplinary bibliographic indexing project established in 1977 covering articles from Hebrew periodicals, collections, monographs and selected Israeli newspapers. With an interface in Hebrew and English, IHP offers content in Hebrew, English, and other languages. The database currently contains over one Million journal and book entries and articles, and provides access to four distinct indices: the Eretz Israel Database (EID), the Tel-Hai Index to Hebrew Newspapers (THIHN), the Bar-Ilan Indexing Project (BIIP) and the IHP thesaurus.

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Jewish Life in America c1654-1954 (Nationallizenz)

This database presents numerous sources on various aspects of Jewish life in America from 1654 to 1954, and is based on collections of the American Jewish Historical Society in New York. Among other materials, the database includes autobiographical family records, collections on prominent historical figures in American Jewish history as well as documents from private organisations and public or state institutions.

Access to Jewish Life in America c1654-1954 is provided through a National Licence (Nationallizenz) which was made possible in an collaborative effort of the FID Jewish Studies and the FID for Anglo-American Culture, History, Russian, East and Southeast European Studies and Religious Studies. Usually, access should be provided through your local research library which has to register for this data base via As an alternative, persons residing in Germany may gain access as individual users (information in German).

The Datenbank-Infosystem (DBIS) lists all libraries that have added Jewish Life in America c1654-1954 to their catalogue and provides information how to access. Please note that a registration to our FID licences is not required.

The database may be accessed through our licence platform. However, this option may only be available for users who have enabled the SSO login of their home institution, which in addition has to be registered for database access.

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JSTOR Complete Jewish Studies Collection

JSTOR's Complete Jewish Studies Collection, specially compiled for the FID Jewish Studies combines JSTORs Jewish Studies Archive Collection and its Hebrew Journals Collection. Both collections include more than 100 periodicals in various languages such as English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and, of course Hebrew (with moving wall). Among the journals available are:Jewish Quarterly Review • Jewish Studies Quarterly • Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues • Studia Rosenthaliana • Pe'amim: Studies in Oriental Jewry • Tarbiz: Jewish Studies • Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly • Zion

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Magnes E-Book Collection

The Hebrew University Magnes Press is the oldest and most prominent university press in Israel, covering all areas of the sciences and humanities. The FID Jewish studies provides researchers in Germany with access to more than 800 e-books published or distributed by Magnes Press, mostly in Hebrew from History, Linguistics, Cultural Studies and the Social Science, including key areas of Israeli and Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies, and antisemitism research. Available titles are as well listed in the FID's catalogue.

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Otzar haHochma

Otzar HaHochma is the largest digital library of Hebrew books with more than 100,000 titles reflecting on all aspects of Judaism from ancient times to the present. This is includes biblical and rabbinical literature as well as texts on Jewish Philosophy and thought, Kabbala, Jewish History, Linguistics and Jewish psychology. The database allows a full-text search and provides a wide range of search options.

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Rav Milim Dictionary Online

Rav-Milim is the most comprehensive online Hebrew dictionary, offering a complete morphological analysis of every Hebrew word, providing conjugations and every form of spelling. The dictionary's ca. 70,000 main entries encompass the entire modern Hebrew vocabulary in all its layers and dimensions (colloquial, formal, technical). The dictionary contains a full thesaurus and includes idioms and phrases. Rav Milim is updated on a regular basis. New words are added following the Academy of the Hebrew Language, including foreign and colloquial terms.

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Visual History Archive (VHA)

The USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive (VHA) allows users to search through and view more than 55,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors. Alongside Holocaust testimonies, the Visual History Archive includes testimonies from the Armenian Genocide (1915-23), the Nanjing Massacre in China (1937), the Cambodian Genocide (1975-1979), the Guatemalan Genocide (1978-1983) and the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda (1994).

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