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Jewish Texts

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

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The Torah

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

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What Is the Talmud?

An intergenerational rabbinic conversation that is studied, not read.

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.

Introduction to Halakha, the Jewish Legal Tradition

Halakha, from the Hebrew word for "walking" or "path," is the rabbinic interpretation of Jewish law.

Maimonides (Rambam) and His Texts

One of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, he was both a traditionalist and an innovator.

Bible 101

The Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, is divided into three sections: Torah, Prophets and Writings.

Guide to Weekly Torah Commentaries Online

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

What Is Gematria?

Hebrew numerology, and the secrets of the Torah.

Tale of Two Talmuds: Jerusalem and Babylonian

The two texts developed simultaneously in the two major Jewish communities of the rabbinic era.

Kabbalah & Mysticism 101

Jewish mysticism has taken many forms.

Gemara: The Essence of the Talmud

Together with the Mishnah, these texts make up what is known as Rabbinic Judaism.

What Is the Torah Portion?

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

Bible Characters Quiz

Heroes, villains, prophets and problem children, we've got 'em all. Test your knowledge of them.

Bible Quiz

How much do you know about the contents of the Bible and about biblical scholarship?