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What Is Midrash?

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What Is Midrash?

A clear explanation of what our Torah’s sacred stories, known as Midrash, are and aren't. This brief overview of the origin and development of Judaism's oral traditions provide clarity on shadowy drama and colorful narratives whose messages are largely misunderstood, and often times ignorantly misconstrued.
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Aggadah, Midrash

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Sam Spring October 14, 2020

What is the Dead Sea Scrolls reference of the akedia that the rabbi referenced? I would really appreciate a response. Reply

Michele Utah February 22, 2020

Thank you for this fine explanation and invitation to serious study. Reply

Steven Loves Park February 10, 2020

Thank you so much for this, Rabbi. I'm an Episcopal seminarian in Chicago, taking a course on the Hebrew Bible. This is a wonderful explanation of the complexity and beauty of midrashim and was very helpful in my studies. Thank you again and may God always bless you. Reply

Mark Solomon New York September 4, 2019

Thank you Rabbi Kaplan. How should one approach learning the Midrashim? What foundational learning is required? Is there a recommended order of study? Reply

Devorah Pittsburgh September 3, 2019

This is so fascinating. What is the source for the Gemara that discusses radio, please?
Thank you! Reply

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