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The Torah

Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.

By the Rivers of Babylon We Remember Zion

This famous psalm is read on the eve of Tisha B'Av and sets the tone for an emotionally challenging holiday.

The Prohibition Against Studying Torah on Tisha B’Av

Why would learning sacred Jewish texts be forbidden on this day of fasting and mourning?

Did God Write the Torah — and Does it Matter?

For many Jews, the Torah's authority does not derive from being a divine document.

The Three Weeks

The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is commemorated with a period of mourning.

False Messiahs in Judaism

Many have claimed to be the Jewish Messiah, and the results have often been disastrous.

Black Wedding: Marrying the Spanish Flu Away

This Jewish response to a devastating epidemic in the early 20th century drew on a mixture of Eastern European customs and inspired both fierce proponents and harsh critics.

Daily Guide to Our Zoom Events, Livestreams and Other Online Resources

Lots of Jewish learning has migrated online during this public health scare. Here's a guide.

Daf Yomi

This global project of Jewish learning, now accessible to all.

How to Read the Talmud

Why this classic work of law, stories and wisdom isn't really about any of those things.

Kohelet: Torah for the 21st Century

The Book of Ecclesiastes may be the section of the Hebrew Bible most relevant to the way we experience the world today.

Fourteen Things You Need to Know About King David

The mighty warrior and sweet singer slew Goliath, stole the throne, and conquered Jerusalem—and that’s just a start!