National Revelation

Signs of Kosher Animals - When God spoke about kosher animals in the Torah, why does it only list the animals known to the people at that time? It never mentions any animals in Africa like the hippo or... giraffe. More »
The Torah’s “Rediscovery” in Josiah’s Time - I have heard the claim that we believe the Torah is true because millions witnessed the Revelation at Sinai and the Jews have remembered this event ever since. It is further impossible that such a story... More »

Torah Study

Home Hebrew School - We are a Franco-American Jewish family who is currently residing in New Delhi, India. While in France we belonged to a very supportive community with its own children's education program. However, New... More »
Learning and not Observing - I am a woman who was a Reform Jew my entire life and have begun Jewish learning over the past few years. Now that I am learning, I am feeling bad about some things I’m not observing. For example, I now... More »
Pursuit of Truth - On a recent trip to Israel I spent time with my yeshiva-educated cousins. I have a lot of respect for their devotion and dedication to their beliefs. On the other hand, as a Reform Jew, I was really... More »
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Oral Law – General

Blessings on Rabbinical Mitzvahs - On Chanukah and Purim, we say the blessing, Asher Kidishanu - "Which God has commanded us..." Yet aren't those words inappropriate, given that nowhere in the 613 mitzvahs of the Torah are these... More »
Eye for an Eye - I recently heard a talk explaining "an eye for an eye" in the Torah. As society has become less barbaric, the rabbis reinterpreted the verse to mean one pays the damages for the eye, instead of actually... More »
Is the Talmud the Word of God? - I believe that the Tanakh is the word of God, but I don’t know if this is true of the Talmud. Wasn’t the Talmud written by scholars much later, who were trying their best to understand God’s Torah? And... More »
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Talmudic Sources

The Ancient Napkin - I'm not Jewish, but am interested in ancient Jewish customs. I've heard there is a custom of folding a napkin and placing it at a certain place that conveys a certain message after eating a meal. Can you... More »

Bible Codes

Codes in My Life - I saw a presentation on the Torah Codes and it really caught my attention. But I’m not sure what exactly I’m supposed to do with that now. What do the Codes mean for my... life? More »
Codes in Other Texts - Have other Hebrew texts the size of the Torah been searched for Codes? Have tests been done on the "New Testament" concerning codes? More »
Codes Predicting the Future - I’ve read and heard a lot about the Bible Codes and while they appear impressive, I’m wondering about the logic of future events being predicted thousands of years ago? More »
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