Bible

Bible

Bible 101

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

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What Is the Torah Portion?

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

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Guide to Weekly Torah Commentaries Online

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

Jonah and Yom Kippur

4 reasons we read this text on the Day of Atonement.

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.

The Torah

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

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.

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.

The Ten Commandments

The division and structure has been open to interpretation throughout history.

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.