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This Week's Torah Portion

This Week's Torah Portion


In the Beginning

When God was about to create heaven and earth, the earth was a chaos, unformed, and on the chaotic waters' face there was darkness. - Genesis 1:1-:2

More Sacred Texts

More Sacred Texts

The Talmud

The Talmud (Hebrew for “study”) is one of the central works of the Jewish people.

The Mishnah

The Mishnah is studied both because it is part of the canon of Jewish literature and because it is the foundation of the Talmud.

The Tanach

Together Torah, Nevi’im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings) comprise what is known as the Tanach. This name for the Hebrew Bible is actually made up of the first letter of each of the three sections of the Bible.

Pirkei Avot

Originally known simply as Avot (literally, “fathers” or “ancestors”), Pirkei Avot is among the most well known of all writings in Rabbinic Judaism.