Jewish Thought

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Judaism and Pets: Questions and Answers

What Jewish tradition says about cats, dogs and other companion animals.

Health & Wellness

Judaism and Mental Illness

While Jews were instrumental in establishing the field of psychology, the Jewish community is not always comfortable dealing with those who suffer from psychiatric conditions.

Jewish Employee-Employer Relations

How Jewish law seeks to create a balanced relationship between bosses and workers.

Maimonides (Rambam) and His Texts

One of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, he was both a traditionalist and an innovator.

Jewish Thought and Philosophy 101

Jewish thought is not a single continuous tradition, but rather a varied mix of works, which reflect the specific ideological and historical positions of those who wrote them.

Tale of Two Talmuds: Jerusalem and Babylonian

The two versions of the Talmud developed simultaneously in the two major Jewish communities of the rabbinic era.

Thinkers & Thought Quiz

How much do you know about Judaism's leading thinkers and their philosophies?

Talmud Quiz

How much do you know about this influential and complex body of Jewish teachings?

Jewish Bioethics Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish bioethics?

What Is “Ethical” Kashrut?

Bringing animal treatment, workers' conditions, and environmental issues to a kosher table.

What Is Mussar?

A history and overview of this virtues-based approach to Jewish ethics.

Ethical Treatment of Animals in Judaism

The concept of Tza'ar Ba'alei Chayim demands that we take animal suffering seriously.

Who Was Rabbi Akiva?

The second-century sage was the inspiration for many legends and may have died as a martyr.

Who Was Shabbetai Zevi?

The kabbalistic false messiah gained a mass following in the 17th century — until he converted to Islam.