The Torah

Judaism and Justice

The Jewish passion to repair the world.

What Was the Tabernacle (Mishkan)?

A portable sanctuary in the wilderness.

Jacob

The father of the children of Israel.

Moses as Abandoned Hero

Although many ancient abandoned hero stories survive, the biblical example of the story Moses has some clear points of departure.

Moses: In the Bible & Beyond

The greatest of Jewish leaders and prophets.

The Golden Calf

As commonly understood, this biblical narrative condemns the first violation of the prohibition against idolatry--but it's not that simple.

Leviticus 19

This climactic chapter emphasizes the obligation to be holy in our dealings with our fellow human beings.

Biblical Slavery

Deuteronomy's legal treatment of slavery is more humane than the parallel laws in Exodus, and more practical than those in Leviticus.

Who Was Korah?

Korah was punished for his rebellion, but his questioning of the need for human rulers has remained a living issue for later generations to contemplate.

Reading Genesis as a Book

The story of the family that will become the people of Israel is seen as the focus of a larger, universal history.