Jewish Texts

Parashat Bo: Summary

God brings the final three plagues on the Egyptians; the Israelites leave Egypt and receive the commandment to observe Passover.

Parashat Vaera: Summary

Through Moses and Aaron, God brings plagues on the Egyptians, and Pharaoh repeatedly refuses to allow the Israelites to leave.

Hasidic Mysticism

Hasidism spread mystical ideas to the masses of East-European Jewry.

Mitzvot: Contemporary Thought

On history, spirituality, obligation, and standing at Sinai.

Rabbinic Reasons For the Mitzvot

The Sages proposed additional reasons to obey the mitzvot beyond those offered by the Bible.

Vayetze

Genesis 28:10-32:3

Toldot

Genesis 25:19-28:9

Haye Sarah

Genesis 23:1-25:18

Heikhalot Literature

Scholars disagree over whether Heikhalot texts are chronicles of mystical adventures or literary creations.

What Hasidic Jews Believe

Though Hasidism is not a homogenous philosophy, there are certain ideas common to its many subgroups.