Study Jewish Texts
The Hebrew Bible, or Tanach, is divided into three sections: Torah, Prophets and Writings.
How the Five Books of Moses are divided up into weekly portions.
Where to find podcasts, videos and essays on the week's portion.
A video for Yom Kippur.
4 reasons we read this text on the Day of Atonement.
The story of Jonah teaches compassion by not following the prophet's example.
The dramatic story, known in Hebrew as the Akedah, has perplexed many generations of commentators.
Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.
Traditionally read during Sukkot, the Book of Ecclesiastes grapples with the meaning of life.
No biblical book takes up theodicy's challenge with greater power than the moving and enigmatic story of Job.
In many ways, the message of the Book of Jonah seems antithetical to that of Yom Kippur.
Why did Jonah say, "I am a Hebrew?"
The Haftarah selection comes from Hosea 14:2-10 and Micah 7:18-20. Ashkenazic communities add Joel 2:15-27.
The division and structure has been open to interpretation throughout history.
The sexual relationships forbidden by the Torah are intended to prohibit non-Israelite religious practices and abuses of power.