Is anything written by a Jew a Jewish text, and who decides?
Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.
An intergenerational rabbinic conversation that is studied, not read.
The book of Esther is not a historical document in the usual sense--but that doesn't undermine its importance as a religious book in the Jewish canon.
The Purim story is a reminder of our essential power for human agency.
Learn the many chapters that make up the Tanach and find out where you can find more information about each.
How to participate in the longest-running Jewish book club (even if you can’t read Hebrew).
The history of the weekly portion — and the different schedules on which it's done.
No biblical book takes up theodicy's challenge with greater power than the moving and enigmatic story of Job.
Resources for learning with others on the Internet.
How the Five Books of Moses are divided up into weekly portions.
Where to find podcasts, videos and essays on the week's portion.
This almost 2,000-year-old text flies under the radar -- but it's immensely important to Jewish life.
Halacha, from the Hebrew word for "walking" or "path," is the rabbinic interpretation of Jewish law.
Beliefs & Practices
Though often widely practiced, customs are not considered mandatory by traditional Jews.