Jewish Texts

Challenging the Master

Moshe Idel's critique of Gershom Scholem.

Ezekiel’s Vision

The first chapter of the biblical book of Ezekiel served as the textual starting point for the merkavah mystics—and hints at an image of God.

The Zohar’s Influence

Few post-talmudic works have been as revered as the Zohar, the mystical commentary on the Torah.

Literature of and on Hasidism

The Hasidim wrote and told stories about their leaders.

Parashat Vayetzei: Summary

Jacob flees to his uncle Laban's household and lives there for several years, marrying Laban's daughters, Leah and Rachel, and building a large family.

Parashat Toldot: Summary

With video commentary from BimBam.

Parashat Chayei Sara: Summary

Following the death of Sara, Abraham purchases a burial plot and sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac.

Parashat Vayigash: Summary

With video commentary from BimBam.

Parashat Miketz: Summary

Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dreams and is appointed to implement Egypt's anti-famine plan, which brings him into contact with his brothers again.

Summary of Parashat Vayera

Isaac's birth, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the exile of Hagar and the ultimate sacrifice.

Parashat Lech-Lecha: Summary

Abram and Sarai follow God's call to journey to Canaan, where the covenant between God and Abraham is affirmed.

Parashat Bereshit: Summary

A summary of the first portion of the Torah.