Jewish Thought

Sages & Scholars

Maimonides (Rambam) and His Texts

One of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, he was both a traditionalist and an innovator.

Jewish Thought

Jewish Thought and Philosophy 101

Jewish thought is not a single continuous tradition, but rather a varied mix of works, which reflect the specific ideological and historical positions of those who wrote them.

Judaism and Mental Illness

While Jews were instrumental in establishing the field of psychology, the Jewish community is not always comfortable dealing with those who suffer from psychiatric conditions.

Tale of Two Talmuds: Jerusalem and Babylonian

The two texts developed simultaneously in the two major Jewish communities of the rabbinic era.

Thinkers & Thought Quiz

How much do you know about Judaism's leading thinkers and their philosophies?

Talmud Quiz

How much do you know about this influential and complex body of Jewish teachings?

Jewish Bioethics Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish bioethics?

What Is “Ethical” Kashrut?

Bringing animal treatment, workers' conditions, and environmental issues to a kosher table.

Ethical Treatment of Animals in Judaism

The concept of Tzaar Baalei Hayim demands that we take animal suffering seriously.

Who Was Rabbi Akiva?

The second-century sage was the inspiration for many legends and may have died as a martyr.

Who Was Shabbetai Zevi?

The kabbalistic false messiah who gained a mass following in the 17th century — until he converted to Islam.

Israel in Jewish Thought 101

Through centuries of exile, Jewish hopes and prayers were focused on the Promised Land.

Who Was Rashi?

The most widely read Jewish Bible commentator, he also wrote a running commentary to the Babylonian Talmud.