Jewish Texts

Jewish Texts

Jewish Texts

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

Jewish Texts

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.

Why We Read The Book of Ruth on Shavuot

The connections between this story and the spring harvest festival.

Finding Meaning in an Ancient Agricultural Law

Why Shmita, the commandment to let Israel's farmland rest every seven years, is relevant even for today's urban Diaspora Jews.

The Toothpaste Sacrifice

Like toothpaste, derogatory speech cannot be returned to the tube.

How to Find a Jewish Study Partner Online

Resources for learning with others on the Internet.

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.

Introduction to Halacha, the Jewish Legal Tradition

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

The Story of the Book of Ruth

An analysis of the book read on Shavuot.

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.

Reading The Prohibition Against Homosexuality In Context

The sexual relationships forbidden by the Torah are intended to prohibit non-Israelite religious practices and abuses of power.

What Is Gematria?

Hebrew numerology, and the secrets of the Torah.