Early teacher of Jewish law and theology.
Rabbinic conventions can--following specific guidelines--amend Jewish law.
Jewish literature is rife with allegory and metaphor.
Sufi ideas found their way into Jewish mystical literature through Bahya Ibn Pakudah and the Kabbalist Isaac of Acre.
Jews and Christians read their own ideas about authority into this ancient legislative institution.
Beliefs & Practices
Since the destruction of the Temples, Jews have struggled with the enduring meaning and legacy of the sacrificial rites.
Rabbinic responses to questions of Jewish law enrich the body of halachic literature.
A purification ritual using the ashes of a cow.
Early Amoraim engaged in respectful debate.
This medieval talmudist's religious tolerance was ahead of his time.
A thanksgiving hymn recited on Sabbath and holidays.
Sages & Scholars
An Italian rabbi, poet and teacher of Kabbalah who claimed to be the Messiah.