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The 24 Books of the Hebrew Bible

In their simplest form, the twenty-four books of the Jewish Bible - the Tanach - present a history of the first 3500 years from creation until the building of the second Temple in Jerusalem. The books also relate the history of the Jewish nation from its earliest stage, through the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai, and until the end of the first commonwealth.

But the Tanach is much more than just history. In it one can learn about G-d's plan for the world and of His relationship with mankind, specifically, His chosen nation - the Jews.

Here is where G-d tells us what He wants us to do!

"And now, Israel, what does the Lord your G-d want of you? Only to fear the Lord your G-d, to go in all His ways and to love Him and to serve the Lord your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul. To guard the commandments of G-d and His statutes..." (Deuteronomy 10 12-13)

Presented here is a very short overview of each of the books of Tanach, divided into three main categories: the Chumash, the Prophets and the Writings.

The Five Books of Moses (Chumash)

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy

    The Eight Books of the Prophets (Neviim)

  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Samuel
  • Kings
  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Ezekial
  • The Twelve (minor prophets) Trei-Assar

    The Eleven Books of the Writings (Kesuvim)

  • Psalms - Tehilim
  • Proverbs - Mishlei
  • Job - Iyov
  • Song of Songs - Shir HaShirim
  • Ruth - Rus
  • Lamentations - Eicha
  • Ecclesiastes - Koheles
  • Esther
  • Daniel - Doniel
  • Ezra/Nehemia
  • Chronicles - Divrei Hayamim


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    ARTICLES ON PESACH:

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    Freedom and Speech
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

    A Focus of Our Attention
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

    Shabbos Hagadol
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Next Year In Jerusalem - If...
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

    Matzah and Guideposts
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

    Matzah and Maror - Worthy Mechutanim
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Maybe Next Year, in Jerusalem!
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

    Forget Your Belt...
    Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5762

    The Sandwich of the Future
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5769

    > Feeling Jewish
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

    All Alone
    Shlomo Katz - 5768

    The Great Shabat
    - 5773

    ArtScroll

    There's One in Every Generation
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

    Symbolism Over Substance
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

    “4 Seder Cups & 1 Yiddishe Cup” (Insights for the Passover Seder)
    Jon Erlbaum - 5770

    A New Outlook
    Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5763



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    ARTICLES ON PESACH:

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    The Importance of Order
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

    Tzafun-Nirtza
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

    Ordered Freedom
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5775

    > The Real Us!
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

    Pesach Food
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

    What is the Question?
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Tarnished Treasures of Pesach
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

    Jogging Ancient Memories
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

    Why is this Night Different?
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Elevated by Divine Command
    Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5770

    Sipur Yetzias Mitzrayim: Once Upon a Time…
    Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

    A Focus of Our Attention
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

    ArtScroll

    Sea the Miracle
    Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

    In the Heart of “This Night”
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

    Why Women Saved the Day
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

    Beginning with Matza
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755



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