The Stubborn and Rebellious Son

How often do we punish individuals before addressing the ills of our social structures?

Separation of Powers

The Torah provides a model for separating religious, judicial, and governing bodies -- to keep power in check.

Lessons for Former Slaves

How can people who have worked to regain their freedom enslave their brothers?

Belonging To the Land

An obligation of responsibility for this generation and the next.

Engage All Texts

At a time when Jewish influence has increased, how do we approach unethical commandments?

On History and Memory

You can learn history, but how does one acquire memory?

Slavery in the Bible

Deuteronomy's legal treatment of slavery is more humane than the parallel laws in Exodus, and more practical than those in Leviticus.

Deuteronomy 6:4–The Shema

While the Shema has been seen as a declaration of absolute monotheism, it has other meanings in its biblical and liturgical contexts.

The Book of Deuteronomy

The biblical book whose law and theology most directly shaped later Judaism.