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Vayeshev

Genesis 37:1-40:23

Jewish Ethics Confronts Modernity

The adaptation of the Jewish ethical tradition to modern life.

Vayishlah

Genesis 32:3-36:43

Jewish History Themes 101

An overview of some of the issues and controversy involved in writing and interpreting Jewish history.

Palestinian-Israeli Relations

The ongoing struggle and the Middle East peace process.

Holiness: Everyone’s Duty or a Saintly Ideal?

Is it enough to live up the requirements of Jewish law for one to be holy? Is sanctity in this life possible for all of us—or only for a few saintly people?

Challenging the Master

Moshe Idel's critique of Gershom Scholem.

Ezekiel’s Vision

The first chapter of the biblical book of Ezekiel served as the textual starting point for the merkavah mystics—and hints at an image of God.

The Zohar’s Influence

Few post-talmudic works have been as revered as the Zohar, the mystical commentary on the Torah.

Literature of and on Hasidism

The Hasidim wrote and told stories about their leaders.

Tradition and Compassion

Some traditional Jewish authorities condemn homosexuality, while advocating compassion for individual gays and lesbians.

Female Homosexuality in Judaism

The Torah does not address lesbianism, but later rabbinic commentators frowned upon it.