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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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    The Sandwich of the Future
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5769

    Providing for the Needy
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

    Inherent and Essential Contradictions
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5770

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    Reliving the Exodus
    Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768

    Who Knows One?
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

    The Passover Order
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

    > Intimacy On A Higher Scale
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

    A Lesson Learned
    Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5767

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

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Would it Have Sufficed?
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

    Giving Thanks for Doors Opened
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

    The Great Shabbat
    Shlomo Katz - 5764

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    Lessons In Exile
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5764

    Jogging Ancient Memories
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

    You and Your Sons
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

    Early Emancipation and Sour Grapes
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764



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    ARTICLES ON PESACH:

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    Pesach Answers - Chad Gadya
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

    Pesach In Command
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

    Worth the Struggle
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    The Great Shabbos
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

    Relating the Chain of Events: Part 1
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

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

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    The Sound of Silence
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

    The Importance of Order
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

    The Servants of G-d
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

    > Elevated by Divine Command
    Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5770

    In Lamb
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

    Why is this Night Different?
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Inherent and Essential Contradictions
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5770

    Ha Lachma Anya
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

    Seven Days of Pesach
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

    A Focus of Our Attention
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760



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