Enter the ancient and modern Jewish discussion on Torah. In the fragmenting Jewish world of today, the Torah - the five books of Moses - remains a unifying force. For two millennia virtually every synagogue in the world has read the same portion of the Torah each week, completing the cycle of readings every year. Each weekly Torah portion, called a parasha in Hebrew, has been the subject of rich commentary and discussion. Study of the weekly parasha creates a sense of common interest with other readers, and with the Jewish community around the world and throughout the ages. In this form of study, the parasha becomes the topic of conversation. The study is more interested in considering possibilities, exploring tough questions, and discovering novel interpretations, than in reaching binding conclusions. It finds the text of Scripture to be multi-faceted, infinitely rich, and endlessly engaging.
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