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Question 20.6:
Is SCJ available via a Listserv or other e-mail means?


At one time, SCJ and S.C.Israel were once available as mailing lists through Shamash. However, they were discontinued by the Shamash staff about 10 days before Pesach in 1996. The reason for doing this was the disproportionate system load. These two lists had a tiny fraction of all Shamash subscribers (perhaps 1% or less) but, because of the huge amount of traffic on the newsgroups, took as much as half of all mailing-list processing time. Because other mailing lists with content specific to Shamash were being delayed by the high load on the system, these two lists were removed.

With the growth of web access, and the decline (somewhat) of Usenet, there has been less interest in gatewaying News to Mail. However, you can get access to the groups via the web. Simply go to one of the websites that provide public news access, such as Google Groups ( or Mailandnews ( Note that you may not be able to post through these sites.

The FAQ is a collection of documents that is an attempt to answer questions that are continually asked on the soc.culture.jewish family of newsgroups. It was written by cooperating laypeople from the various Judaic movements. You should not make any assumption as to accuracy and/or authoritativeness of the answers provided herein. In all cases, it is always best to consult a competent authority--your local rabbi is a good place to start.

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