Bible

Bible

Your Guide to Reading the Hebrew Bible

Learn the many chapters that make up the Tanach and find out where you can find more information about each.

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What Is the Torah Portion?

How the Five Books of Moses are divided up into weekly portions.

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Guide to Weekly Torah Commentaries Online

Where to find podcasts, videos and essays on the week's portion.

All About Esther

The book of Esther is not a historical document in the usual sense--but that doesn't undermine its importance as a religious book in the Jewish canon.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 Torah

Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.

Why Jews Read Torah on a Yearly Cycle

The history of the weekly portion — and the different schedules on which it's done.

The Book of Job and the Paradox of Suffering

No biblical book takes up theodicy's challenge with greater power than the moving and enigmatic story of Job.

Vashti and Esther: A Feminist Perspective

The relationship between the two Persian queens is integral to understanding the Purim story.

Moses: In the Bible and Beyond

The greatest of Jewish leaders and prophets.

The Ten Commandments

The division and structure has been open to interpretation throughout history.

The Concealed Face of God

Why isn't God mentioned in the Book of Esther?

Bible 101

The Hebrew Bible, or Tanach, is divided into three sections: Torah, Prophets and Writings.

Reading The Prohibition Against Homosexuality In Context

The sexual relationships forbidden by the Torah are intended to prohibit non-Israelite religious practices and abuses of power.

The Book of Exodus

The book of Exodus tells the tale of Israel's liberation and birth, and of the beginning of God's covenanted nation.

Who Are the Patriarchs and Matriarchs?

The forefathers and foremothers of the Jewish people.