Jewish Texts

What Is the Torah Portion?

How the Five Books of Moses are divided up into weekly portions.

Guide to Weekly Torah Commentaries Online

Where to find podcasts, videos and essays on the week's portion.

Why The Mishnah Is the Best Jewish Book You’ve Never Read

This almost 2,000-year-old text flies under the radar -- but it's immensely important to Jewish life.

Introduction to Halacha, the Jewish Legal Tradition

Halacha, from the Hebrew word for "walking" or "path," is the rabbinic interpretation of Jewish law.

Jewish Custom (Minhag) Versus Law (Halacha)

Though often widely practiced, customs are not considered mandatory by traditional Jews.

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.