Jewish Texts

Bereshit

Genesis 1:1-6:8

Vayehi

Genesis 47:28-50:26

Miketz

Genesis 41:1-44:17

Vayigash

Genesis 44:18-47:27

Vayeshev

Genesis 37:1-40:23

Vayishlah

Genesis 32:3-36:43

Holiness: Everyone’s Duty or a Saintly Ideal?

Is it enough to live up the requirements of Jewish law for one to be holy? Is sanctity in this life possible for all of us—or only for a few saintly people?

Challenging the Master

Moshe Idel's critique of Gershom Scholem.

Ezekiel’s Vision

The first chapter of the biblical book of Ezekiel served as the textual starting point for the merkavah mystics—and hints at an image of God.

The Zohar’s Influence

Few post-talmudic works have been as revered as the Zohar, the mystical commentary on the Torah.

Literature of and on Hasidism

The Hasidim wrote and told stories about their leaders.

Parashat Vayetzei: Summary

Jacob flees to his uncle Laban's household and lives there for several years, marrying Laban's daughters, Leah and Rachel, and building a large family.