Midrash is commonly defined as the process of interpretation by which the rabbis filled in "gaps" found in the Torah. It is a literature that seeks to ask the questions that lie on the tips of our tongues, and to answer them even before we have posed them.Read more
What Is It?
Brush up on the basics of midrash.
Exploring ethical ideas, biblical characters, and narrative moments.
The rabbis explain and expand on the Torah--and in doing so, reveal much about themselves.
The midrash rounds out what we know about these biblical figures.
Midrash gleans deep meaning from the Torah's text.
One name, many books.
A compilation of narrative and legal midrash.
Legal midrash on the Book of Exodus.
Legal midrash on Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Clarifying legal passages in the Torah beyond their obvious reference points.
Stories in Midrash
Exploring Moses and Aaron's confrontation with Pharaoh.
How the Midrash interprets Serah's role in Israelite history.
Midrash explains how Moses could be happy with dying.
Contemporary artists expand the Jewish bookshelf.
Finding midrash in your local synagogue and your local movie theater.
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By Louis Ginzberg
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