Jewish Texts

Shir Hashirim: Joining Human and Divine Love

Song of Songs is unique among biblical texts for its pure expression of love.

7 Tips for Studying Daf Yomi

Thinking about jumping into daily Talmud study? Here's some ways to get the most out of it.

Kohelet: Torah for the 21st Century

The Book of Ecclesiastes may be the section of the Hebrew Bible most relevant to the way we experience the world today.

What Texts Do We Read on Shavuot?

Special scriptural readings for the Festival of Weeks.

Why The Mishnah Is the Best Jewish Book You’ve Never Read

This almost 2,000-year-old text flies under the radar -- but it's immensely important to Jewish life.

What Is Midrash?

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

Hallel

Talmudic discussion of the liturgical use of Psalms 113-118 focuses on how the Psalms incorporate gratitude for God's past acts of salvation and confidence in God's future redemption of Israel.

Jacob Ben Asher, the Ba’al Haturim

The author of the Arba'ah Turim set the stage for Joseph Caro's Shulchan Aruch.