Shavuot: Does the Book of Ruth Matter?

Ruth vs. Orpah: The High Stakes of Life

The Book of Ruth teaches us man’s enormous potential for greatness – and the catastrophic results if such greatness is misdirected.

King David’s Heart

Life’s difficult challenges aren’t interruptions. They’re what we need to compose our unique song.


Accepting Torah: Burden or Opportunity?

Why did we take on these restrictive commandments after finally becoming free?

Rabbi Benjamin Blech

The 10 Commandments Today

Why we need them now more than ever.

Catch Me

Four ways Torah transforms my life.

Torah Teasers: Book of Ruth

Tantalizing questions and challenging riddles.

King David & Jewish Leadership

Four essential traits to being a leader.

Shavuot: Crazy, Stupid Love

Staying up Shavuot night teaches us what Torah study is all about.

Rabbi Benjamin Blech

The 10 Commandments for Our Times

Now more than ever, the world can benefit from the Decalogue’s contemporary lessons.


What is Shavuot Really About?

A wedding celebration between God and the Jewish People.

613: Your Wish is My Command

The significance of the number 613 in Judaism.


Rational Approach To Divine Origin of Judaism

Exploring Judaism’s unique claim that no other religion in history has made.

The Hidden Structure of the Ten Commandments

Exploring Judaism’s central spiritual principle at the heart of the Ten Commandments.

Women in the Bible #8: Ruth

Mother of royalty, paradigm of humility and generosity.

No Matter What, I Love You

Parents – and God – love their children unconditionally, no matter what they do.

Field of Potential

The Maharal of Prague on Shavuot and the essence of man.


The Day that Shook the World

Discover the most important intellectual development in human history.


Crash Course in Shavuot

A fascinating, big picture overview of the holiday of Shavuot and the Ten Commandments.

Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Sinai for Non-Jews

What makes the giving of the Torah so universally relevant and necessary?

Shavuot Coloring Pages

Overview of the Entire Torah

A big picture look at the books of the Bible and the Oral Law.

Leap of Faith?

Why did the Jews at Sinai accept the Torah before understanding everything in it?

Shavuot Crafts for the Family

Make a gorgeous bouquet for Shavuot with cupcake liner flowers.


Shavuot: The Secret of Inspiration

Why did God wait 49 days before giving the Torah?

Shavuot: Nexus between Man and God

How Shavuot and its parallel facets of meaning represent the intertwining of God's omnipotence with man's free will.

The Path to Sinai

The three prerequisites to receiving the Torah: diligence, humility and unity.

Counting Up

Moving step by step towards Shavuot.

The Book of Ruth: A Crash Course

Mother of royalty, paradigm of humility and generosity.

Renewing Our Vows

Shavuot gives us the opportunity to step out of our hectic lives and rekindle the passionate love between us and God.

The Wedding Season

Renewing your nuptial vows this Shavuot.


It's not our Intelligence Quotients that count, but our Righteousness Quotients.

The Mission of Torah

God does not expect us to be perfect. If we were perfect, we would not have received the Torah.

Shavuot and the Grateful Dead

How I first received the Torah, bedecked in torn jeans and a tattoo.

Shavuot: A Message to My Son

It all began on that mountain called Sinai, and ever since, the Jewish people have labored to climb the mountain of morality and virtue, one step at a time.

Soaring to Freedom

Torah is our guidepost for traversing the maze of life.

Cheese and Flowers

Why do we eat dairy foods and decorate the synagogue on Shavuot?

Be Real!

Some things in life are changing; others are not. Knowing the difference can save you lots of time and energy.

Tablets for Living

Comparing the two tablets: one containing obligations toward God, the other obligations toward people.

The Ten Commandments

The experience of synesthesia, where the Jews at Mount Sinai actually saw sounds.

Sara Yoheved Rigler

The Revolutionary Revelation

What would a world without Torah look like?

Sara Yoheved Rigler

God's Greatest Gift

A meditation for Shavuot.

Lively Overview: The Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth is read in synagogue on Shavuot morning. A chapter-by- chapter explanation.

Ruth and Reincarnation

The mystery of shoes and the transmigration of spiritual energies.

Process of Transmission

Everyone knows that the Talmud is full of disagreements. Does this mean that the information is inaccurate? Actually it proves the opposite!

Accuracy of Torah Text

The great success of Jewish tradition is the meticulous transmission of the Torah text. But actually how accurate is it?

All Nite Tora-thon

What does Torah learning mean to the Jewish people? And is it really worth staying up all night for?

Unity at Sinai

When the Jewish people stood at Mount Sinai, the entire nation was unified. The lesson is clear for us today.

What is the Oral Torah?

The content of the Talmud, the accompanying oral part of the Torah, was actually transmitted before the written Bible.

Boundary of Fear and Love

God told the Jewish people to put a boundary around Sinai. Much more than a white picket fence, this actually represents a deep spiritual concept.

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