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Introduction to Halacha, the Jewish Legal Tradition

Halacha, from the Hebrew word for "walking" or "path," is the rabbinic interpretation of Jewish law.

What Is Midrash?

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

Dead Sea Scrolls

Ancient documents give a glimpse into Second Temple life.

External Texts

A bibliographical summary of Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha.

Jewish Pseudepigraphy

To earn respect, a genre of Jewish texts assigns authorship to biblical figures and sages of previous eras.

Ancient Jewish Texts

This is an overview of ancient texts that came after the bible but before rabbinic literature.

Arukh HaShulhan

The writings of Rabbi Yehiel Mekhel Epstein.

The Hayei Adam

The works of Rabbi Abraham Danzig.

Mishnah Berurah

The writings of the "Hafetz Hayyim," Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan.

Kitzur Shulhan Arukh

The writings of Solomon Ganzfried.