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Website he.wikipedia.org
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The Hebrew Wikipedia (Hebrew: ויקיפדיה העברית‎, IPA: [wikiˈpedja ha(ʔ)entsikloˈpedja haχofˈʃit]) is the Hebrew language edition of Wikipedia. This edition was started on 11 May 2001[1] and contains more than 234,000 articles as of November 2018.


Timeline history

  • July 8, 2003: The Hebrew edition of Wikipedia was launched.
  • October 25, 2003: The 1,000th article was written.
  • July 22, 2004: The first meeting of Hebrew Wikipedians took place in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • September 10, 2004: The 10,000th article was written.
  • September 20, 2004: The Hebrew version of the Flag of Kazakhstan article became the one millionth article created in all Wikipedias.
  • December 24, 2006: The 50,000th article was written.
  • January 10, 2010: The 100,000th article was written.
  • August 29, 2013: The 150,000th article was written.
  • December 28, 2016: The 200,000th article was written.


The Hebrew Wikipedia has several topics on which organized article writing projects were held, among them Wikitort - an academic project to write original articles about tort law,[2] PhysiWiki - a project to write and improve articles about Physics with the cooperation of Weizmann Institute of Science,[3] and ongoing academic projects.[4]

Another major area of work is Jewish history and the History of Israel. Such articles often include original photos taken by the writers. In 2006 the Elef Millim project[5] (English: Thousand Words project) was created; its purpose is to enrich Wikipedia with free images. As a part of this project, groups of Israeli Wikipedians meet for field trips in various places in Israel in order to take pictures and bring members of the Hebrew Wikipedia community together.

Hebrew spelling is a matter of debate. The standards published by the Academy of the Hebrew Language are not meticulously followed in common usage, so the Hebrew Wikipedia community decides on problematic cases of spelling by discussions or polls for the sake of consistency within the project. When technically possible, spelling decisions are periodically enforced using automatic replacement by a bot.[6]

Other information

Over the years, Hebrew Wikipedia has become one of the most popular sources of information for Israelis. In a 2012 qualitative research, 51 Israeli teachers of different grades were asked about their use habits of Wikipedia, and most of them responded that they don't use it as the main source for teaching, and instead search for other reliable websites on Google. Hebrew Wikipedia's requirements for notability standards are relatively very strict.

Hebrew Wikipedia also conducts yearly competitions, sometimes with the assistance of the Wikimedia foundation.

Hebrew Wikipedia users have turned the website into a more socially connected place. Sometimes, users meet up for a picnic, or edit alongside their family members. Currently, 76% of the editors are men, and 23% are women.

2010 Knesset meeting

On the occasion of the 100,000 articles milestone, the Science and Technology Committee of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) invited Wikipedia contributors and users to the 2 February 2010 morning meeting, to join in a debate about Wikipedia and other open-source resources. Some Wikipedia contributors at the meeting criticized "the lack of government cooperation with their efforts to compile a free online Hebrew-language encyclopedia," as well as sharing complaints from Wikipedia editors abroad that since the Israel Defense Forces does not release photos for free redistribution on the Internet, the sole source of available pictures for entries such as the Gaza War and the 2006 Lebanon War are the Palestinians.[7]

Comparisons with other language editions

In July 2006, Hebrew Wikipedia had one of the highest amounts of bytes per article, and the highest of all editions on Wikipedia with over 20,000 articles.[8]

Whereas the English Wikipedia requires a general consensus for deleting articles (hence deletion discussion is not considered to be a voting process), the Hebrew Wikipedia has adopted a policy of deletion upon a 55% majority, with no minimum number of votes.[9] In these votes, only registered users with one month seniority and at least 100 edits in the article, image, category or template namespaces in the past 90 days can vote.

Strict inclusion criteria

Adding on the aforementioned, comparing to English Wikipedia, Hebrew Wikipedia is much more conservative, regarding what types of content may be in it[10] - even when complying with all the basic guidelines for good encyclopedic writing.[11][12]

The inclusion criteria are detailed under the "principles and guidelines" page.[13] Some examples:

  • Articles on porn movies will be deleted unless they became cultural symbols.[14]
  • Articles on porn stars will be deleted unless they have other notable aspects in their lives.
  • A book has to meet one of these four criteria: published by a known publisher, sold 10,000 copies, won a prize, or received good reviews.[15]
  • Writers have to write at least two books to be notable as writers.[16]
  • Singers and bands have to release an album before they get an article.[17]
  • Articles on student films will be deleted unless they won first prize in a film festival or were screened in mainstream cinemas.[18]

List articles are rare in general in Hebrew Wikipedia. In particular, lists of TV series episodes are not accepted, even as part of the articles on the series.

Other fairly controversial topics are articles of small schools and other minor educational institutions.[19]

"Hamichlol" mirror for ultra-Orthodox

See also


  1. ^ "Wikipedia-l new language wikis".
  2. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:פרויקט WIKITORT
  3. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:מיזמי ויקיפדיה/פיזיוויקי
  4. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:עבודות ויקידמיות
  5. ^ meta:Elef Millim project
  6. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:בוט/בוט החלפות
  7. ^ Rebecca Anna Stoil (2010-02-02). "Is Wikipedia good for the Jews?". Jerusalem Post.
  8. ^ Wikimedia Statistics Tool
  9. ^ Hebrew Wikipedia deletion policy page
  10. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:מה ויקיפדיה איננה
  11. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:עקרונות וקווים מנחים
  12. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:מדריך לכתיבת ערכים
  13. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:עקרונות וקווים מנחים
  14. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:עקרונות וקווים מנחים ליצירת ערכים/פורנוגרפיה
  15. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:עקרונות וקווים מנחים ליצירת ערכים/ספרים
  16. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:עקרונות וקווים מנחים ליצירת ערכי אישים
  17. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:עקרונות וקווים מנחים ליצירת ערכי אישים
  18. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:עקרונות וקווים מנחים ליצירת ערכים/סרטי סטודנטים
  19. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:גבולות/מוסדות

External links

  • (in Hebrew) Hebrew Wikipedia
  • (in Hebrew) Hebrew Wikipedia mobile version
  • (in Hebrew) he:ויקיפדיה:פרסומים בתקשורת - a list of mass media articles covering the Hebrew Wikipedia
  • (in Hebrew) he:ויקיפדיה:פרסומים אקדמיים - a list of academic papers about the Hebrew Wikipedia
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