Rabbi Louis Jacobs

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai

The grave of this second century rabbi is the site of a large annual pilgrimage.

The Omer

Counting the days from Passover to Shavuot.

Israel Zangwill

Writer expressed the struggles of a modern Jew trying to straddle two worlds.

Rabbi Yose

Early teacher of Jewish law and theology.

The Witch of Endor

Debate about this biblical story raises key theological issues.

Writing a Will

The Rabbis interpret a will as an elaborate gift, making it permissible within Jewish law.

Widows in Jewish Tradition

The Torah tells us to protect widows--but not all Jewish authorities recommend marrying them.

The Tosefta

An 'addition' to the Mishnah--or something else?


Jewish authorities have much to say about using, and abusing, this substance.