Hebrew Wikipedia

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Main Page of the Hebrew Wikipedia in 2022
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inHebrew
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Launched8 July 2003; 20 years ago (2003-07-08)

Hebrew Wikipedia (Hebrew: ויקיפדיה העברית, IPA: [vikiˈpedja ha(ʔ)ivˈʁit]) is the Hebrew language edition of Wikipedia. This edition was started on 8 July 2003[1] and contains more than 355,000 articles as of May 2024.


Hebrew Wikipedia logo marking 150,000 articles


  • 8 July 2003: The Hebrew edition of Wikipedia was launched.
  • 25 October 2003: The 1,000th article was written.
  • 22 July 2004: The first meeting of Hebrew Wikipedians took place in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • 10 September 2004: The 10,000th article was written.
  • 20 September 2004: The Hebrew version of the Flag of Kazakhstan article became the one millionth article created in all Wikipedias.
  • 24 December 2006: The 50,000th article was written.
  • 10 January 2010: The 100,000th article was written.
  • 29 August 2013: The 150,000th article was written.
  • 28 December 2016: The 200,000th article was written.
  • 15 September 2019: The 250,000th article was written.[2]
  • 3 August 2021: The 300,000th article was written.
Hebrew Wikipedia's 5th birthday logo

Hebrew Wikipedia features several organized article writing projects, among them Wikitort - an academic project to write original articles about tort law,[3] PhysiWiki - a project to write and improve articles about Physics with the cooperation of Weizmann Institute of Science,[4] and ongoing academic projects.[5] Another major topic is Jewish history and the History of Israel. In 2006, the Elef Millim project[6] (English: Thousand Words/Thousand Miles project) was launched to provide Wikipedia with free images. Groups of Wikipedians meet for field trips around the country to take pictures of Israeli sites.

Hebrew spelling is a matter of debate. Since the standards published by the Academy of the Hebrew Language are not always meticulously followed in common usage, the Hebrew Wikipedia community decides on problematic cases of spelling through discussion and polls to ensure consistency. When technically possible, spelling decisions are periodically enforced using automatic replacement by a bot.[7]

Hebrew Wikipedia's requirements for notability standards are relatively strict.[8]

Hebrew Wikipedia organizes yearly competitions, sometimes with the assistance of the Wikimedia foundation, as well as social gatherings and picnics.

Haaretz journalist Omer Benjakob said in 2023 that "Unlike many Wikipedias in languages with a global span, like English, Spanish or Arabic, Hebrew Wikipedia resembles its Polish or Hungarian counterparts in being more of an "Israeli Wikipedia." It can be seen as having an implicit pro-Israeli bias."[9]

2010 Knesset meeting[edit]

The Roaring Lion 2014 awarded by the Israel Public Relations Associations

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.[10]


Hamichlol (Hebrew: המכלול "The Entirety") is a mirror of the Hebrew Wikipedia. It contains articles copied from the Hebrew Wikipedia which are edited to be acceptable to Orthodox Jewish readers.


Hebrew Wikipedia statistics
Number of user accounts Number of articles Number of files Number of active users Number of administrators
1164366 355041 79683 3499 27

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wikipedia-l new language wikis". 11 May 2001.
  2. ^ "הערך ה-250,000 בויקיפדיה העברית". Arutz Sheva (in Hebrew). 15 September 2019.
  3. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:פרויקט WIKITORT
  4. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:מיזמי ויקיפדיה/פיזיוויקי
  5. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:עבודות ויקידמיות
  6. ^ meta:Elef Millim project
  7. ^ Shai, David (21 April 2019). "Wikipedia's good bots fixing Hebrew language entries". ynetnews. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  8. ^ he:ויקיפדיה:מה ויקיפדיה איננה
  9. ^ Benjakob, Omer (17 November 2023). "Netanyahu vs. Israeli Security Chiefs: Wikipedia Is New Front in Gaza War Blame Game". Haaretz. Retrieved 19 November 2023.
  10. ^ Rebecca Anna Stoil (2 February 2010). "Is Wikipedia good for the Jews?". Jerusalem Post.

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