Study Jewish Texts
Halacha, from the Hebrew word for "walking" or "path," is the rabbinic interpretation of Jewish law.
Sages & Scholars
One of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, he was both a traditionalist and an innovator.
This 16th-century text by Joseph Caro is the ultimate code of Jewish law.
Many of the injunctions in the Torah appear immoral from a human perspective.
Beliefs & Practices
Though often widely practiced, customs are not considered mandatory by traditional Jews.
A survey of some of the laws governing the slaughter of kosher animals for meat.
Together with the Mishnah, these texts make up what is known as Rabbinic Judaism.
How much do you know about Jewish law and its foundational texts?
Halacha is the "way" a Jew is directed to behave, encompassing civil, criminal and religious law.
A modern emphasis on peer-guided text study--an approach with ancient roots--reflects new social realities in the world of traditional Jewish learning.
A description of Judaism's primary book of Jewish legal theory.
How do we mourn without a body?
This renowned scholar led the non-Hasidic Jewish world into modernity.
An introduction to the works of the aharonim.
In the wake of emancipation, various strategies emerged to stem and possibly reverse the tide of modernism.