Jewish Texts

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.

Maimonides (Rambam) and His Texts

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

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.

What Is Gematria?

Hebrew numerology, and the secrets of the Torah.

Tale of Two Talmuds: Jerusalem and Babylonian

The two versions of the Talmud developed simultaneously in the two major Jewish communities of the rabbinic era.

The Book of Exodus

The book of Exodus tells the tale of Israel's liberation and birth, and of the beginning of God's covenanted nation.