The Jewish Studies Blog

There are tools that are needed to mine the depths of the biblical texts. There are also many perspectives that enrich our study, like the perspective of first century Judaism. This site is one of those rare resources that provides both tools and perspective for the serious student of Scripture.

– Dr. Allen Mawhinney, A Retired Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary

The Opening Of The Eyes

Our new Torah Portion – Vayeshev – opens Joseph’s saga, the last part of the book of Genesis. It starts with the word Vayeshev (hence the name of the Portion), usually translated…

Struggle, Transformation And Light

Penuel Today, we are going to discuss the most important encounter of Jacob’s life – the one that defined his name and destiny, and the name and destiny of the whole people:…

Things Of Heaven And Of Earth

Torah portion Vayetze covers twenty years of Jacob’s life – and as you undoubtedly know, so many things happened to him during these years that as always, I have to restrain myself…

Family Dynamics

Godly Spouses Last time, we spoke about the story of Genesis 24. First, we saw the faith of different people—Abraham, his servant, Rebecca—but at the end of this long and eventful chapter,…

The Overlooked Parallels

A Sword Piercing the Soul Right after Aqedat Itzhak, in Chapter 23 of Genesis, a new Torah Portion begins:  “Chayei-Sarah”. Despite the title: “Chayei-Sarah,” which means “Sarah’s life,” Sarah dies in this…