Sages & Scholars

Sages & Scholars

Maimonides (Rambam) and His Texts

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

Sages & Scholars

Who Was Rabbi Akiva?

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

Sages & Scholars

Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Prophet’s Prophet

Heschel aimed, through his writing and teaching, to shock modern people out of complacency and into a spiritual dimension

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.

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?

Who Was Rashi?

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

Yochanan Ben Zakkai

Student of Hillel contributed to the continued study of Torah and the protection of the Sanhedrin.

Hillel

The preeminent sage of first century Palestine whose name is on Jewish campus organizations worldwide.

Martin Buber

The creation of a Jewish existentialism--and a Jewish state.

Joseph Caro

Medieval lawyer and mystic.

Judaism after the Temple

Coping with destruction and building for the future.

Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai

According to the traditional view, this second century sage of the Mishnah also authored the Zohar.