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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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    Shabbos Hagadol
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    A Ritual Memory Transfer
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

    Freedom and Speech
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    A Lesson Learned
    Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5767

    Relating the Chain of Events: Part 2
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

    Yosef’s Bones And Splitting Of The Sea: A Lesson In Unity
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

    > A Focus of Our Attention
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

    “Letter to my Son Akiva”
    Jon Erlbaum - 5773

    Seven Days of Pesach
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

    Liberate Yourself!
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762



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    Relating the Chain of Events: Part 3
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    Lag B'Omer & The Big Picture
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

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

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    The Meaning of Freedom
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

    The Missing Question
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

    We Were Slaves...
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

    > Introduction to Maggid
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

    Yosef’s Bones And Splitting Of The Sea: A Lesson In Unity
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

    Liberate Yourself!
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

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    Something Great and Awesome
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

    A New Outlook
    Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5763

    The Symphony Of Life
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

    Reliving the Exodus
    Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768



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