My Wife, My Sister

Three times in Genesis, wives are "passed off" as sisters.

Translating the Bible

The challenges in creating a sensitive, idiomatic, and accurate translation of a classical Jewish text.

The Book of Judges

The cycle of sinning and redemption.

What Is Midrash?

These writings, which fill in gaps in biblical texts, falls into two categories: halacha and aggadah.

The Innovative Spirit and Jewish Tradition

Although the rabbis propagated the belief that rabbinic teaching went back to Moses on Mt. Sinai, many classical texts clearly demonstrate that the rabbis understood the innovative nature of their work.

The Book of Job

The book of Job challenges the simple equation of suffering with punishment, by telling the story of one righteous man's confrontation with overwhelming misfortune.

From Guilt to Action

The sacrificial system teaches that coming nearer to God requires coming nearer to each other.

Aaron, the High Priest

Moses's brother helped lead the Israelites to freedom.

Who Was Tamar?

A righteous woman determined to have children.

Rebecca (Rivkah)

Isaac's wife was known for her kindness and beauty — and deception.