Study Jewish Texts
How to participate in the longest-running Jewish book club (even if you can’t read Hebrew).
This almost 2,000-year-old text flies under the radar -- but it's immensely important to Jewish life.
The two versions of the Talmud developed simultaneously in the two major Jewish communities of the rabbinic era.
This global project of Jewish learning, now accessible to all.
Why this classic work of law, stories and wisdom isn't really about any of those things.
An intergenerational rabbinic conversation that is studied, not read.
Together with the Mishnah, these texts make up what is known as Rabbinic Judaism.
Essential vocabulary for understanding the Talmud.
Sages & Scholars
The second-century sage was the inspiration for many legends and may have died as a martyr.
This section of the Mishnah is one of the best-known and most cited of Jewish texts.
A modern emphasis on peer-guided text study--an approach with ancient roots--reflects new social realities in the world of traditional Jewish learning.
The rabbis of the Talmud designated specific female roles and activities, and were wary of women's nature, but they also tempered biblical laws that caused hardships for women.
A short description of what the Talmud is and is not, and how and why the Talmud has been studied by Jews throughout the generations.
At Hanukkah, shifting the focus from militarism to miracles.
A description of Judaism's primary book of Jewish legal theory.