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Bible 101

The Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, 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.

Do Not Open This Napkin

Holiness and secrecy are intricately enmeshed in the Torah.

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.

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.

Understanding Biblical Sacrifice (Korbanot)

What sacrifice is, where it comes from, and what it can mean for us today.

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?

Reconciling Biblical Morality with Our Own

This passage's assumptions are in some cases abhorrent to contemporary sensibilities.

Kisses Sweeter than Wine: Understanding the Song of Songs

Read during the week of Passover, this biblical text is an unabashedly sensuous paean to love.

Havruta: Learning in Pairs

A modern emphasis on peer-guided text study--an approach with ancient roots--reflects new social realities in the world of traditional Jewish learning.

Creating the Canon

The process and the product of the canonization of the Bible became the basis for a varied tradition of interpretation.

The Torah

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

Torah Study Quiz

How much do you know about studying Torah?