Limmud Study Archive

Jonah: God's Reluctant Prophet
Jonah: God's Reluctant Prophet
The book of Jonah is traditionally read during Yom Kippur services as it is the story of repentance, forgiveness, and second chances.

Jerusalem: God's Holy City
Jerusalem: God's Holy City
Jerusalem represents the golden age of the Jewish people, but its spiritual significance runs deep for Christians, as well...

Jacob: Our Patriarch of Truth
Jacob: Our Patriarch of Truth
In one of the most famous Bible stories, Jacob dreamt of a ladder that was rooted on earth and reached toward heaven.

The Exodus Story
The Exodus Story
The story of the Exodus, the central focus of the Passover holiday, recalls the birth of the Jewish nation, Israel...

Isaac: Our Patriarch Of Strength
Isaac: Our Patriarch Of Strength
Isaac is the conduit through which both the knowledge of God and God's promises were passed down to subsequent generations...

Sarah: Our Matriarch of Faith
Sarah: Our Matriarch of Faith
It is my hope that as we deeply study Sarah her character, her flaws, and her triumphs you will be inspired and learn new lessons to integrate into your own life...

Abraham: Our Patriarch Of Loving-kindness
Abraham: Our Patriarch Of Loving-kindness
What springs to mind when you think about Abraham? For me, it's his remarkable belief in the One True God of Israel...

Leah: Our Matriarch of Prayer
Leah: Our Matriarch of Prayer
Leah ultimately fulfilled her role as a respected and important figure in the development of the nation of Israel.

Rebekah: Our Matriarch of Strength
Rebekah: Our Matriarch of Strength
When we first encounter Rebekah, we learn that she was from the family of Abraham (Genesis 24:15), that she was beautiful (v. 16), and that she was kind.

Moses: Covenant with A Nation
Moses: Covenant with A Nation
In this final section of our study of covenant, we will explore the Mosaic Covenant, the covenant God made with the nation of Israel at Sinai and through which.

Rachel: Our Matriarch of Compassion
Rachel: Our Matriarch of Compassion
The third matriarch of the Bible is Rachel. It was Rachel who Jacob had chosen first to be his wife.

Omer: Making Every Day Count
Omer: Making Every Day Count
In this study, we discover the significance of the Omer, which means "sheaf," and the counting of the days between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot and how these observances are tied together spiritually.

The Shofar: The Three Sounds of Renewal
The Shofar: The Three Sounds of Renewal
In this month's study, Rabbi Eckstein explores the various meanings and spiritual lessons that are associated with this biblically mandated tradition.

Atonement: At One With God
Atonement: At One With God
In this month's Limmud we will study atonement as it is carried out in the Bible and how it is manifested in Jewish tradition today..."

The Seder Plate: Food for Thought
The Seder Plate:  Food for Thought
During Passover, the seder meal is literal food for thought and in this month's Limmud, we look at the significance of each item on the seder plate.

Tisha B'Av: A Time to Weep
Tisha B'Av: A Time to Weep
In this study, we learn about the time of mourning, Tisha B'Av, and how from the tragedies we experience, our faith can grow stronger.

Tefillin: Bound to God
Tefillin: Bound to God
In this month's Limmud we will look at one of Judaism's least understood rituals: the act of binding two black boxes and a number of black leather straps to our heads, arms, and hands.

Hanukkah: A Day of Light
Hanukkah: A Day of Light
In this month's Limmud study, Hanukkah: A Celebration of Light, we will discover the deeper meanings of darkness and light as we literally brighten the darkest time of the year.

Shabbat: A Day of Delight
Shabbat: A Day of Delight
The Sabbath, Shabbat, is one of the most important rituals and commandments in all Judaism. Rabbi Eckstein shares more about the significance of this observance in the Jewish tradition.

Haman: The Role of the Villain
Haman: The Role of the Villain
Usually, Esther and Mordecai, the heroes, are the main focus but in this month's Limmud, we will concentrate on Haman, the villain of the story.

Bikkurim: Giving God Our Best
Bikkurim: Giving God Our Best
In this study, we learn about the ancient ritual of the bikkurim, which means offering God our firstfruits. This observance has much to teach us today about gratitude and giving back to God from all He has given us throughout each year.

Tzedakah: Righteous Giving
Tzedakah: Righteous Giving
In this month's Limmud we will explore the depth and breadth of the concept of tzedakah from a Jewish perspective as rooted in the Bible.

Challah: Bringing Our Blessings to God
Challah: Bringing Our Blessings to God
In this study, we learn about the Sabbath bread, challah, and how this special bread brings rich blessings into our lives, into our homes, and to others.

Sukkah: Living in Joy
Sukkah: Living in Joy
In this month's Limmud we will explore the secrets of the sukkah and explain how living in this rickety shelter can teach us about what it means to live in joy.