Study Jewish Texts
Halacha, from the Hebrew word for "walking" or "path," is the rabbinic interpretation of Jewish law.
Sages & Scholars
One of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, he was both a traditionalist and an innovator.
The ultimate code of Jewish law.
Together with the Mishnah, these texts make up what is known as Rabbinic Judaism.
How much do you know about Jewish law and its foundational texts?
Halakhah, or Jewish law, governs Jewish daily life and practice.
A modern emphasis on peer-guided text study--an approach with ancient roots--reflects new social realities in the world of traditional Jewish learning.
A description of Judaism's primary book of Jewish legal theory.
Renowned scholar led non-Hasidic Jewish world into modernity.
An introduction to the works of the aharonim.
As Jews gained political rights in general European society, large numbers embraced modernist philosophies while rejecting Jewish culture and religion. In response, various strategies emerged to stem and possibly reverse the tide.
Some perspective for beginners
The Tosafists continued the conversation with their glosses on the text of the Talmud.
Beliefs & Practices
There are 613, not just 10, commandments, or mitzvot.
During this time Babylonia was the spiritual and political center of Diaspora Jewry, and Jewish communities looked to the Geonim for authoritative teachings on halakhic matters.