Rabbi Louis Jacobs

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.


The rabbis developed an elaborate system of tithing produce, mostly to provide livelihood for priests and Levites.

Who Were the Tannaim and Amoraim?

The great sages of the Mishnah and Talmud.