Commentary

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What Is Midrash?

These writings, which fill in gaps in biblical texts, falls into two categories: halacha and aggadah.

What Is the Talmud?

An intergenerational rabbinic conversation that is studied, not read.

Connections Through the Generations

At Sinai, God started a conversation that Jews are still carrying on, through interpretation and reinterpretation of Jewish texts.

Abraham Ibn Ezra

A master Torah commentator who foreshadowed biblical criticism

Who Was Rashi?

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

What Midrash Teaches About the Rabbis

Midrash allowed the rabbis to explain and expand on the Torah--and in doing so, they revealed much about themselves.

Seeing The Bigger Picture

Joseph reminds us that our perspective of reality is limited compared to the ultimate meaning that God perceives.

Flooded With Violence

Noah's response to the flood indicates that violence is an ingrained aspect to human nature that must be acknowledged and channeled for good.

Approaches to Bible Commentary

An introduction to the different methods Jews have used to read the Bible throughout history.