Is anything written by a Jew a Jewish text, and who decides?
Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.
An intergenerational rabbinic conversation that is studied, not read.
The connections between this story and the spring harvest festival.
Why Shmita, the commandment to let Israel's farmland rest every seven years, is relevant even for today's urban Diaspora Jews.
Like toothpaste, derogatory speech cannot be returned to the tube.
Resources for learning with others on the Internet.
Where to find podcasts, videos and essays on the week's portion.
This almost 2,000-year-old text flies under the radar -- but it's immensely important to Jewish life.
Halacha, from the Hebrew word for "walking" or "path," is the rabbinic interpretation of Jewish law.
An analysis of the book read on Shavuot.
Sages & Scholars
One of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, he was both a traditionalist and an innovator.
The Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, is divided into three sections: Torah, Prophets and Writings.
The sexual relationships forbidden by the Torah are intended to prohibit non-Israelite religious practices and abuses of power.
Hebrew numerology, and the secrets of the Torah.