Jewish Texts

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.

Parashat Toldot: Summary

With video commentary from BimBam.

Parashat Chayei Sara: Summary

Following the death of Sara, Abraham purchases a burial plot and sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac.

Parashat Noach: Summary

A flood destroys all living creatures, aside from Noah, his family and the animals in their ark.