Jewish Texts

Jewish Texts

Jewish Texts

Is anything written by a Jew a Jewish text, and who decides?

Bible

The Torah

Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.

Talmud

What Is the Talmud?

An intergenerational rabbinic conversation that is studied, not read.

Jonah: Success or Failure?

The story of Jonah teaches compassion by not following the prophet's example.

The Binding of Isaac

The dramatic story, known in Hebrew as the Akedah, has perplexed many generations of commentators.

Ecclesiastes (Kohelet)

Traditionally read during Sukkot, the Book of Ecclesiastes grapples with the meaning of life.

The Book of Job and the Paradox of Suffering

No biblical book takes up theodicy's challenge with greater power than the moving and enigmatic story of Job.

How to Find a Jewish Study Partner Online

Resources for learning with others on the Internet.

What Is the Torah Portion?

How the Five Books of Moses are divided up into weekly portions.

Guide to Weekly Torah Commentaries Online

Where to find podcasts, videos and essays on the week's portion.

Why The Mishnah Is the Best Jewish Book You’ve Never Read

This almost 2,000-year-old text flies under the radar -- but it's immensely important to Jewish life.

Our Prophets, Ourselves: Jonah, Judgment and the Act of Repentance

In many ways, the message of the Book of Jonah seems antithetical to that of Yom Kippur.

Jonah, the Jew

Why did Jonah say, "I am a Hebrew?"

Haftarah for Shabbat Shuvah

The Haftarah selection comes from Hosea 14:2-10 and Micah 7:18-20. Ashkenazic communities add Joel 2:15-27.