Jewish Thought

Who Was Shabbetai Zevi?

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

Israel in Jewish Thought 101

Through centuries of exile, Jewish hopes and prayers were focused on the Promised Land.

Who Was Rashi?

The most widely read Jewish Bible commentator, he also wrote a running commentary to the Babylonian Talmud.

Bal Tashchit: The Torah Prohibits Wasteful Destruction

Fruit trees cannot be destroyed in war, and the Jewish legal tradition takes this to be a paradigm for any act of despoliation.

Suffering & Evil 101

Why do bad things happen to good people?

The Zohar

This influential work of Jewish mysticism continues to inspire spiritual seekers.

Science & Judaism Quiz

How much do you know about the relationship between science and Judaism?

Who Is a Jew: Patrilineal Descent

When Dad is Jewish and Mom is not, are the kids Jewish? Depends on who you ask.

Yochanan Ben Zakkai

Student of Hillel contributed to the continued study of Torah and the protection of the Sanhedrin.

Who Was Hillel?

The preeminent sage of first century Palestine whose name is on Jewish campus organizations worldwide.