The Hasidim wrote and told stories about their leaders.
Some traditional Jewish authorities condemn homosexuality, while advocating compassion for individual gays and lesbians.
The Torah does not address lesbianism, but later rabbinic commentators frowned upon it.
While the Torah does not forbid premarital sex, the rabbis of the talmudic era prohibited it--but one modern authority proposed a sanctioned form of exclusive sexual relationship outside of marriage.
Jacob flees to his uncle Laban's household and lives there for several years, marrying Laban's daughters, Leah and Rachel, and building a large family.
With video commentary from BimBam.
Following the death of Sara, Abraham purchases a burial plot and sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac.
Like Judah's approach to Joseph, the people of Israel must sometimes remind God of our unique commitment to one another.
Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dreams and is appointed to implement Egypt's anti-famine plan, which brings him into contact with his brothers again.
Isaac's birth, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the exile of Hagar and the ultimate sacrifice.
Abram and Sarai follow God's call to journey to Canaan, where the covenant between God and Abraham is affirmed.
As God promises to accompany Jacob into exile, we learn that sometimes the challenge of being fully present and sharing in someone's pain is greater than relieving their suffering.