Study Jewish Texts
Learn the many chapters that make up the Tanach and find out where you can find more information about each.
How the Five Books of Moses are divided up into weekly portions.
Where to find podcasts, videos and essays on the week's portion.
The book of Esther is not a historical document in the usual sense--but that doesn't undermine its importance as a religious book in the Jewish canon.
Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.
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.
The relationship between the two Persian queens is integral to understanding the Purim story.
The greatest of Jewish leaders and prophets.
The division and structure has been open to interpretation throughout history.
Why isn't God mentioned in the Book of Esther?
The Hebrew Bible, or Tanach, is divided into three sections: Torah, Prophets and Writings.
The sexual relationships forbidden by the Torah are intended to prohibit non-Israelite religious practices and abuses of power.
The book of Exodus tells the tale of Israel's liberation and birth, and of the beginning of God's covenanted nation.
The forefathers and foremothers of the Jewish people.