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Stories From the Bible

How Two-and-a-Half Tribes Ended Up Over the Jordan
Learn how Moses gave the land east of the Jordan to Reuben, Gad, and half of Manassah, on one condition.
The Story of Noah and the Ark in the Bible
The Wickedness of the People, The Ark, The Flood, The Flood Recedes, The Raven and the Dove, Noah Offering, The Seven Laws, Covenant with Noah
The Tower of Babel: What Was Up With lt?
After the Great Flood, man had again begun to multiply and fill the earth. They all spoke one language and understood one another well. Then things went wrong…
Sodom and Gomorrah: Cities Destroyed by G-d
The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah have come to epitomize moral depravity and cruelty.
Abraham’s Covenant With G‑d: The Brit Bein HaBetarim
The Covenant of Parts, one of the most important events in Jewish history, in which G-d told Abraham about the destiny of his descendants
What Were Abraham's 10 Tests?
Torah does not tell us what the tests actually were. There are actually a number of schools of thought about this. Here are some.
Parting of the Red Sea
The parting of the Red Sea was performed by G‑d after the Exodus. The Israelites walked on dry land, and Pharaoh and the Egyptians drowned.
12 Tribes of Israel: The Shevatim
Jacob had twelve sons. The offspring of each these men became the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel.
War of the Egyptian Firstborn
The firstborn of Egypt, who held the key social and religious positions in Egyptian society, confronted the Jews, and were told: "We are preparing an offering to G-d. In four days, at the stroke of midnight, G-d will pass through Egypt in order to execute the tenth and final plague; all firstborn will die..."
Jacob and Esau in the Bible
Jacob and Esau, the twin sons of Isaac and Rebecca, were engaged in a power struggle throughout their lives.
Jacob Wrestles With the Angel
The angel tries to disentangle himself from Jacob but cannot do so. He is forced to beg Jacob to let him go.
Miriam's Well: Unravelling the Mystery
Why is the well called by Miriam’s name? And what happened to Miriam’s Well after the Jews entered the land of Israel?
What Was the Golden Calf?
The sin of the golden calf is widely regarded as one of the most disgraceful moments in Jewish history.
Moses Strikes the Rock: The Full Story
Moses striking the rock is among the most famous and enigmatic stories in the Torah.
The 12 Spies (Meraglim) in the Bible
Numbers 13-14
The spies were tasked with going to the Promised Land and bringing back fruit and a report, which they did. Weren’t they just being honest, sharing their findings in good faith?
The Story of Elijah and the Prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel
For an informed reading of I Kings 18:20–39
Judgement of Solomon
For an informed reading of 1 Kings 3:15–4:1
Young Solomon asked G‑d for “an understanding heart to judge Your people.”
The Story of Samson and Delilah in the Bible
As told in Judges 13-16 and the Talmud
Samson was a nazarite who was endowed by G‑d with herculean strength, which he used to fight the Philistines.
Ruth of the Bible
Ruth was a Moabite princess of very fine character, who became the great-grandmother of King David.
The Vision of Ezekiel
For an informed reading of Ezekiel 1:1–28, 3:12
The reading speaks of the revelation to Ezekiel in which he saw the entire gamut of divine beings in what he describes as a “chariot."
Rahab (
For an informed reading of Joshua 2:1–24
David and Jonathan
For an informed reading of I Samuel 20:18–42
Moses and the Burning Bush
G‑d met Moses in a burning bush, and requested that he become His messenger to take the Israelites out of Egypt.
The Story of Hannah
For an informed reading of I Samuel 1:1–2:10
The holiday of Rosh Hashanah has several names and themes. One of them is Yom Hazikaron, “the day of remembrance.”
The Story of Jonah and the
The Book of Jonah explained by Jewish commentaries
One of the major themes of Rosh Hashanah is “remembrance.” On this day the existence of every being is examined and scrutinized by G-d.
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