Ruth was the Moabite wife of Machlon, one of the sons of Elimelech and Naomi, a wealthy couple who had fled…

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Give Them A Choice
Give Them A Choice

There is an oft-cited Midrash (Sifrei, Dvarim 343) describing how God offered the Torah to the other nations…

Preparing for the Torah
Preparing for the Torah

Shortly after the Israelites encamped at the base of Mount Sinai, they agreed to accept the…

The Littlest Mountain
The Littlest Mountain

When the Israelites were gathered at Mount Sinai, God gave them the Torah. Scholars and academics have spent lifetimes debating….

Day of Distinction
Day of Distinction

On the first day of Sivan in the year 2448 (Jewish calendar), only seven weeks after leaving Egypt, the Israelites reached…

Take Two Tablets
Take Two Tablets

Most artistic representations of the Ten Commandments present two rectangular tablets…

The Feast of Weeks
The Feast of Weeks

Shavuot, which we begin celebrating Saturday night (May 23rd), is the only holiday in the Torah not listed by…

Whose First Fruits
Whose First Fruits

When the Oral Law was first codified, most Jews lived in agrarian settings. Today, being less familiar with…

Green Cheesecake at Midnight
Green Cheesecake at Midnight

The holiday of Shavuot has three well-known, and well-loved, customs…

In the Wilderness
In the Wilderness

The Torah was given to the Jewish nation in the midst of the wilderness on a tiny mountain called Sinai. Throughout the Torah, however…

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