Jewish Texts

Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

External texts from the Second Temple period.

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 Story of the Book of Ruth

An analysis of the book read on Shavuot.

Maimonides (Rambam) and His Texts

One of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, he was both a traditionalist and an innovator.

Why Read Ezekiel on Shavuot?

Tradition connects the prophet's vision to the revelation at Sinai.

The Ten Commandments

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

Why We Read The Book of Ruth on Shavuot

The connections between this story and the spring harvest festival.

The Concealed Face of God

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

How to Treat Jewish Holy Books (Sifrei Kodesh)

Jews demonstrate the sanctity of biblical and rabbinic texts in several ways.

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.