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Midrash: (a) the classical collection of the Sages’ homiletic teachings on the Torah, on the non-literal level of derush; (b) any one such teaching
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Biblical exegesis, or the interpretation (Drash) of the Torah, was part of the rabbinic tradition since the earliest literary period. What makes certain interpretations valid and others not? Why is interpretation needed altogether?
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 mi...
Tracing the evolution of Kabbalistic and Chassidic thought, how Zoharic thought is incorporated into Chassidic philosophy.
Readings from the early chapters of Genesis
In the rabbinic tradition, the tensions and ambiguities of the Torah's texts are embraced as a gateway to the spiritual exercise of scriptural interpretation and meaning making. Adam's encounter with G-d in the Garden of Eden provides an example of how th...
Selected insights from Midrash Rabbah on the Book of Ruth
Selected insights from Midrash Rabbah on the Book of Ruth
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