Service And Community, In The Desert, Among Strangers
In his covenant with Avimelech, Abraham provides us with an example of how to build peace, justice, and kindness where they seem to be absent.
Rebecca provides a model of a powerful biblical woman who asserted her independence and her control over the future of the covenant.
When Choosing Between Man And God, Choose Man!
We can attain godliness by acting with kindness towards others.
Seeing The Ram
The miracle of the ram caught in the bushes was that, in the final moment, Abraham was able to perceive it as an alternative to sacrificing his son.
The Duality And Unpredictability Of Human Nature
The creation of humans and our variability expressed in Bereshit present us with endless choices and challenges for how to live our lives.
The Torah as a Divine Integration
Scholars understand the Torah to be a combination of four prior documents. The sum is far greater than the parts.
Different Perspectives on the Authorship of the Torah
Literary, historical, and theological perspectives on whether the Torah is divine, human, or something in between
Approaches to Bible Commentary
An introduction to the different methods Jews have used to read the Bible throughout history.
Gemara: The Essence of the Talmud
Together with the Mishnah, these texts make up what is known as Rabbinic Judaism.