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Those who know me know that I am a frustrated academic trapped in the body of a high school teacher. Here are a few pages I enjoy visiting while I dream of another career. 

Online Journals and Books
Academia.edu What good is academic work if it's locked inside $200 festschrifts or behind paywalls? Academia allows academics to post their articles for everyone to read. Can't get the latest edition of a journal? The article you want may have already been posted here. 
Melilah Journal The Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies - deals with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras.
Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal A peer-reviewed, electronic journal dealing with all fields of Jewish studies. Articles in Hebrew and English.
American Jewish Archives Journal "Presents the rich details of the American Jewish past in a way that is accurate and accessible, as well as innovative and informative."
Ginzei Qedem A peer reviewed publication devoted to Genizah texts and studies by the Ben-Zvi Institute. History, literature (including piyyut), language, Biblical studies and exegesis, Talmud and Rabbinics, magic etc. Hebrew and English.
Quest Quest, an English languge publication, focuses on the history of Italian Jews in the 19th and 20th centuries.
AJS Perpectives 2003 - Present. Back issues at the Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Sefarad Studies Journal of Jewish and Hebraic Studies. Articles in Hebrew and (mostly) Spanish.
Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations From the CCJR at Boston University
G'vanim The Journal of the Academy for Jewish Religion (Ran 2005 - 2014)
Tradition The journal of the Rabbinic Council of America (Orthodox). Back issues go back to the late 1950s.
Alei Etzion The English Torah journal from Yeshivat har Etzion (Gush)
Cathedra (Hebrew) A quarterly journal for the history of Eretz-Israel
Eretz Hemdah Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies, Jerusalem. Volumes 1-6 are available for download. Articles dealing with אבן העזר and חושן משפט.
Quntres An Online Journal for the History, Culture and Art of the Jewish Book (2009-2013). (It's not unsafe; the security certificate just expired)
Oquimta (Hebrew) Oqimta is a digitized research journal devoted to all spheres and types of talmudic and rabbinical literature – Halakha and Agada. 4 volumes so far.
ATID Journal Thougth-provoking journal of Modern Orthodox Jewish Thought
Hakira Journal Although it sounds like a Japanese restaurant, it's the Flatbush Journal of Jewish Law and Thought
Pe'amim A quartlerly journal devoted to Studies in Oriental Judaism
Rupture and Reconstruction Haym Soloveitchik's seminal essay on the move to the right in Orthodoxy. Required reading. In my class, literally.
Sepharad in Ashkenaz Subtitled "Medieval Knowledge and Eighteenth-Century Enlightened Jewish Discourse." Complete book with 15 articles.
Judaism A quarterly journal of Jewish life and thought. Back issues 1992-2006.
The Reconstructionist A Journal of Contemprary Jewish Thought and Practice 1994-2007
Academe The magazine of the American Association of University Professors 2009-Present. You don't need a log-in to read the articles online.
Immanuel Back issues of a journal of religious research in Israel, dedicated to promoting dialogue between Christians and Jews. The archives run from 1972 to 1994. There are some excellent and important articles to be found here.
HaMa'ayan The Torah journal from Yeshivat Shaalvim.
Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry 4 volumes and since vanished; from the Internet Archives.
Kiryat Sefer The bibliographic quarterly for Jewish publications from the National Library; archives from 1925 - 1995
Studies in Jewish Education From the Melton Center for Education at Hebrew University - their Studies in Jewish Education series (English)
Women in Judaism A multidisciplinary e-journal devoted to scholarly debate on gender-related issues in Judaism.
Jewish Book Journal Archives from 1942-1999 of annual book reviews of Jewish-related publications.
Zeramim An Online Journal of Applied Jewish Thought
Lehrhaus Lehrhaus is a forum to generate thoughtful and dynamic discourse among individuals within the Orthodox community and beyond who enjoy exploring the depth and diversity of Jewish ideas.
Southern Jewish Historical Society First eleven volumes of the Southern Jewish Historical Society, exploring the history of Jews in the southern United States.
Azure Azure: Ideas for the Jewish Nation was a quarterly journal published by Shalem Press from 1996 to 2012. It provided readers with a forum for serious, in-depth discussion on such subjects such as philosophy, culture, history, economics, politics, and law.
Mesorah Matrix 8 (so far) online flip-book journals (ISSUU) dealing with topics of Jewish spirituality and prayer, by authors from across the spectrum of Judaism.
Dine Israel Dine Israel is a yearly journal dedicated to publishing articles on Jewish Law and Halacha, from various standpoints. Published jointly by TAU Law and the Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University. Issues 26-31 are available online.
Jewish Political Studies Review Back issues from 1989 through 2014.
Online Manuscripts
Otzar Kitvei Yad Talmud (Hebrew) Mishna, Tosefta and Bavli manuscripts from Hebrew U's Jewish National Library
JTS Special Treasures Illuminated mss., Cairo Geniza fragments, and the famed Maimonides autograph manuscripts (Requires Adobe Flash)
NYPL Dorot New York Public Library Digital Gallery's Jewish Collection
Rylands Geniza Univ. of Manchester's Cairo Geniza Fragments
Jewish Nat'l University & Library More of Hebrew University's collection
Yale Exhibit Medieval manuscripts from Yale (some available publicly)
Nuremberg Machzor Digitized version of the famous beautifully illuminated 1331 CE machzor
Seforim Blog Scroll down to the Bibliographical Online Resources on the right-hand side
Giluy Milta B'Alma Blog New findings from the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts in the National Library in Jerusalem
JTS Digital Library Online collections of pictures, ketubot, music, bookplates, wedding poems and more.
Rockefeller Museum Collection Israel antiquities and archaeological finds from the collection.
The Sarajevo Haggadah Pictures of all the pages of the accalimed Sarajevo Haggadah, the illuminated manuscript dating back to 1350 in Spain.
Menasseh ben Israel Digitized collection of works by Menasseh ben Israel, the Dutch rabbi who tried to convince Oliver Cromwell to let the Jews back in to England.
The Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Collection Manuscript collections of the Cairo Geniza, Talmudic manuscripts, Rambam manuscripts and more. Require (free) registration.
Dead Sea Scrolls Access to all of the manuscripts comprising the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Braginsky Collection A magnificent collection of books, manuscripts, ketubot and Megilot Esther.
Munich Digital Library Examine every page of a Talmud manuscript dating back to France, 1342. Many other interesting manuscripts, including Gutenberg Bibles. Site is in German; let Chrome translate for you if necessary.
Hebrew Manuscripts From HebrewBooks.org. Links to the JTS and HUC collections of manuscripts.
The Lieberman Institute Search through variant texts of the Babylonian Talmud.
Academics - Kudos to those professors who make their articles available to the public!
Academia.edu An Academic Network! Hundreds of profs and grad students, many of whom post their articles, dissertations etc. for downloading. 
Elliot R. Wolfson Academic articles,paintings and poetry from Professor Wolfson at UCSB.
Shamma Friedman Several online aricles. The מבוא לאשה רבה is one of the best introductions to the academic approach to Talmud.
Shnayer Z. Leiman An eclectic website (I would expect no less) from Rabbi Dr. Leiman. Scroll down to the bottom for the link to his many published articles.
Steven Fraade Professor of the History of Judaism, Yale. Most of his published articles are available as .pdf files.
Rachel Elior Professor of Jewish Thought at Hebrew Univesity.
Yehuda Liebes (Heb.) Hebrew U.'s Gershom Scholem Professor Emiritus of Kabbalah. Click on the topic headings for hundreds of articles.
Menachem Friedman A sociologist and Jewish historian from Bar Ilan, specializing in 19th & 20th ce. Judaism.
David N. Myers Modern Jewish intellectual and cultural history at UCLA.
Nancy Sinkoff Director of History and Jewish Studies at Rutgers. Do read her paper on Benjamin Franklin. Please.
Moreshet Sefarad - Hakham José Faur Many articles and lectures by Professor José Faur, formerly of JTS, currently of Bar Ilan, available for download.
Institutions
Machon Moreshes Ashkenaz The Institute for German-Jewish Heritage
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute YouTube Channel A "leading intellectual center for the interdisciplinary study and discussion of issues related to philosophy, society, culture and education. " Videos are in Hebrew; some in English. Their app is avalable here.
The Goldstein-Goren Institute From Ben Gurion University. Its goal is "promote the knowledge and research of Jewish Thought both in Israel and around the world." Lots of recorded conferences and several online books. (Looks like they're moving websites; link from the Internet Archive)
The Mandel Leadership Institute - Publications Its goal is to strengthen Jewish life around the world by training committed, vision-guided leaders who are equipped with great and innovative ideas that will enrich education and society. Many of the books and monographs are availablfor free downloads and are of interest to educators
Rutgers Jewish Studies Online 6 free non-credit courses by top-notch scholars
Center for Modern Torah Leadership Rabbi Aryeh Klapper. Its goal is to model and foster a vision of fully committed halakhic Judaism that embraces the intellectual and moral challenges of modernity as spiritual opportunities. Always thought-provoing.
Other Interesting Sites
Confrontation - 40 Years Later From a 2003 Conference. Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik on Interreligious Dialogue: Forty Years Later
An Invitation to Piyut All sorts of Piyut-related material. The new site (Hebrew only) is here.
Rambi The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies
Printing the Talmud Exhibit Yeshiva University Museum - Check out the essays and the video of Ponevitz yeshiva in 1932! (Requires Adobe Flash)
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work.
Medieval Hebrew Poetry Poetry from the Golden Age of Spain
Learn Judeo-Arabic You haven't really read the Rambam until you've read him in the original
The Gruss Lectures 1994 5 essays on Jewish Law and Modernity at Harvard; those by Jacob Katz a"h, Zev Falk, z"l and Moshe Halbertal are particularly worthwhile. (From the Internet Archive)
The Unbound Bible (Hebrew Language page) Search the bible (Jewish Christian and Apocrypha) in dozens of languages and versions, including the Westminster Leningrad Codex, the Aleppo Codex and/or the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.
Bridging Scholarship and Pedagogy in in Jewish Studies From the Mandel Institute at Brandeis University. 27 "working papers" from noted scholars and teachers.
Prof. Jacob Katz (Hebrew) Website honoring Professor Jacob Katz. Biograohy, bibliography, awards. English version available here.