Balaam the Prophet
The infamous story of the prophet with the talking donkey demonstrates the Bible's awareness that powers of divination were not limited to Israelite seers.
The Book of Eicha: Faith in a Whirlwind
At the core of Lamentations is an expression of faith in the human capacity to survive in a broken world.
The Book of Lamentations
This special reading for Tisha B'Av sets the tone for this tragic and mournful day
Elijah the Prophet
As the herald of the messianic age and a recurring figure in Jewish folklore, Elijah's legacy surpasses that of virtually all the other prophets of Israel.
By the Rivers of Babylon We Remember Zion
This famous psalm is read on the eve of Tisha B'Av and sets the tone for an emotionally challenging holiday.
The Prohibition Against Studying Torah on Tisha B’Av
Why would learning sacred Jewish texts be forbidden on this day of fasting and mourning?
Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation
This ancient mystical text introduced many concepts that would be more fully developed by the tradition of Kabbalah.
Deutero-Isaiah: A Prophet of Comfort
After first Isaiah’s message of rebuke, another writing under his name came to comfort Israel with immortal poetry.
Amos: Channeling the Wrath of God’s Justice
Amos' prophecy shows that God's wrath blazes so fiercely precisely because of God's compassion for the weak and the marginalized.
Ezekiel: Prophecy as Performance Art
The fourth chapter of the Book of Ezekiel finds God instructing the prophet to perform a series of bizarre tasks.
Nathan the Prophet
Best-known to us as King David's prophet, Nathan should perhaps better be known as the man who ensures Solomon's rise to the throne of Israel.