Jewish Texts

Why Jews Read Torah on a Yearly Cycle

The history of the weekly portion — and the different schedules on which it's done.

The Book of Job and the Paradox of Suffering

No biblical book takes up theodicy's challenge with greater power than the moving and enigmatic story of Job.

How to Find a Jewish Study Partner Online

Resources for learning with others on the Internet.

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.