Chumash Themes #4: Noah’s Flood

Unraveling the cause of the Flood, and Noah’s preeminent role.

Chumash Themes #3: In the Garden of Eden

Reconstructing the drama of the tree and the snake.

Women in the Bible #10: The Power of Great Jewish Women

What is the common thread that unites the illustrious women of Jewish history?

Women in the Bible #8: Ruth

Mother of royalty, paradigm of humility and generosity.

What is the Oral Torah?

The content of the Talmud, the accompanying oral part of the Torah, was actually transmitted before the written Bible.

Chumash Themes #1: Introduction to the Bible

Understanding the origins and purpose of the Five Books of Moses.

Sanctity of Torah Scrolls

Our special relationship with sacred books.

Accuracy of Torah Text

The great success of Jewish tradition is the meticulous transmission of the Torah text. But actually how accurate is it?

Women in the Bible #4: Rachel & Leah Part 2

The two sisters build the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and bear a positive influence on each other.

Women in the Bible #7: Devorah

Instiller of faith, enabler of redemption.

Women in the Bible #6: Miriam

Instiller of faith, enabler of redemption.

Women in the Bible #1: Sarah

Who was Sarah, the first Jewish woman in history?

Crash Course in the Torah

A 24-part video series that makes it easy.

Covenant of Abraham

The father of the Jewish people is a beacon for all humanity.

The Torah’s PIN Number

Identifying information that only the author knows.

Rediscovering the Revelation

A thousand years after Sinai, the Jews reaffirmed their commitment to Torah. Why two acceptances?

Day-to-Day Judaism: Torah Study

Jews are the People of the Book -- in love with Torah study and perhaps the most educated people in history.

The Ten Commandments

The experience of synesthesia, where the Jews at Mount Sinai actually saw sounds.

The Death of Cain. The World's First Murder, Epilogue

Does the one who brings death into the world deserve protection from God?

Partnering With God: The World's First Murder, Part 6

Can we co-create with the Creator? Or are we just a tool He uses to create new life?

What Is Torah?

More than the Five Books of Moses, Torah is the guide to living.

Respect for Holy Objects

Taking care not to erase the written name of God.

People of the Book

Jews have long been known as the "People of the Book." Here's why.

There's No Place Like Home: The World's First Murder, Part 14

Our connection to the land has similarities to our connection to God.

Thank You Presents The World's First Murder, Part 13

When giving a thank you gift there is always the danger that our intentions may be to insure our place in the relationship, rather than express our gratitude.

Cain's Creative Passion. The World's First Murder, Part 12

Our passions can be directed to drive us to greatness, or they can pull us into the depths of self-destruction.

An Overflowing Cup. The World's First Murder, Part 11

When you have more than what you need, it is natural to want to give.

Can Desire be Divorced from Need? The World's First Murder, Part 10

Eve's desire for her husband is not necessarily based on her needs.

The Blame Game: The World's First Murder, Part 9

Cain thinks his problems are because of other people's choices, even God's.

Cain Buys Insurance: The World's First Murder, Part 8

What can you give to someone who has everything? The gift of gratitude is always appreciated.

Creator or Owner: The World's First Murder, Part 7

What happens when something you make means so much to you that you view the wondrous creation as an expression of your deepest self?

Eve Acquires a Son: The World's First Murder, Part 5

Eve's reaction to the birth of her son gives us insight into Cain's nature and motivations.

Blood on the Ground: The World's First Murder, Part 4

If it was up to you to sentence the first murderer in the history of the world, what punishment would you impose?

Echoes of Eden The World's First Murder, Part 3

The connection between the story of Cain and Abel and the story of Adam and Eve is not easily deduced, but very relevant.

The Enigmatic Genius of Cain The World's First Murder, Part 2

The story of Cain and Abel is not a simple scenario of sibling rivalry.

Rejected Gifts The World's First Murder, Part 1

Why does God reject Cain's gift? Doesn't He know that favoritism can lead to sibling rivalry?

History's First Question: Where Are You? Serpents of Desire, Final Chapter

Even as God banished us from Eden, He bequeathed to us the tools we would need to make it in the new world of our own making.

The I of the Beholder: Serpents of Desire, Part 9

Desire can confound our perception of the way things really are. A biblical case study.

Beauty and the Beast: Serpents of Desire, Part 6

Which Divine voice should you listen to? The voice of God that comes to you in words, or the voice of God that pulses inside you, that animates your very being?

The Naked Truth: Serpents of Desire, Part 4

Discovering the key to the deeper layers of meaning beneath the narrative.

Adam, Eve and the Elephant in the Room - Serpents of Desire, Part 1

Why would God want to withhold a knowledge of good and evil from us?

The Oral Tradition

In many respects, the Oral Torah is more important than the Written Torah.

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