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Truth and Lies in the Jewish Tradition

Jewish moralist literature sets a high standard of truthtelling, but one not without exceptions.

Parashat Vayishlach: Summary

With a video commentary from Bim Bam.

Parashat Vayeshev: Summary

With a video commentary from BimBam.

Glueckel of Hameln

A unique Jewish woman.

Educating Against Egypt

Through his experiences with his nephew Lot, Abraham learns valuable parenting skills.

Maimonides on the Six Orders of the Mishnah

The sequence of the six orders follows the precedent of Scripture

The First Intifada

The content and consequences of the 1987 Palestinian uprising.

Tzedakah Guidelines

Jewish texts discuss how much to give and to whom.

Where Was Sarah?

Sarah's death illustrates the flaw of attempting to impose perfect justice on an imperfect world.

Intermarriage: Jewish Attitudes

A recent survey finds that a growing number of American Jews accept intermarriage.

The Duality And Unpredictability Of Human Nature

The creation of humans and our variability expressed in Bereshit present us with endless choices and challenges for how to live our lives.

Classical Understandings of Mitzvot and their Reasons

The rabbinic sages and later philosophers and mystics offered many ways to categorize the mitzvot and explain their significance.