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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.

The Book of Lamentations

This special reading for Tisha B'Av sets the tone for this tragic and mournful day

The Story of the Book of Ruth

An analysis of the book read on Shavuot.

The Torah

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

Ghosting God

Freeing yourself from 'the busy trap'

Do Not Open This Napkin

Holiness and secrecy are intricately enmeshed in the Torah.

Finding Meaning in an Ancient Farming Law

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

Where Childbirth Gets Short Shrift

Why is birth nestled between dietary restrictions and skin diseases?

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.

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?