Tzaddik Media

Formerly New Heart, New Spirit

Resources

This page is intended to offer students a variety of free, online, English-language resources to improve both one's knowledge and daily practice. Personal study is considered a form of worship to God and it is greater than all the other mitzvos (commandments) since it is through study that a person learns how to do all the mitzvos. When we study Jewish history, we understand the Jewish people and their experiences with God. When we study halacha, we live as the Jewish people live and join together - Jew and Gentile - in united experiences. May these resources help us all do great tikkunim in the time Hashem has given us to live. May we use every breath, every bite of food, every sip of drink, and every minute of rest to sanctify His great and holy Name within both ourselves and among the nations. For the sake of the unification of Holy One, blessed be He. Blessed is the name of His glorious kingdom forever and ever.

Table of Contents

General Jewish Studies
  • General Topics
  • Jewish Scriptures & Writings
  • Jewish History
Torah & Halacha
  • Links including a defense of Torah
  • Links regarding the topic of halacha, daily application, etc.

Learn Hebrew

  • Learn Hebrew through music!
  • Instructional videos
  • Dialect differences 

Nazarene Studies
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Suggested Readings

  • Coming Soon...

General Jewish Studies

General Topics

These are a few very good websites one may enjoy using on a regular basis. They are as follows:

  • JewFAQ.com - "Judaism 101 is an online encyclopedia of Judaism, covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things, language, scripture, holidays, practices and customs."
  • Torah.org (Basics of Judaism) - a primer on the basics of biblical religion, Judaism, God, Israel, humanity, and more!
  • JewishVirtualLibrary.org - "Anything you need to know from Anti-Semitism to Zionism"
  • MyJewishLearning.com - "My Jewish Learning is all about empowering Jewish discovery for anyone interested in learning more. We offer thousands of articles, videos and other resources to help you navigate all aspects of Judaism and Jewish life — from food to history to beliefs and practices.
  • Aish.com - "Aish.com's goal is to give every Jew the opportunity to discover his or her heritage in an atmosphere of open inquiry and mutual respect."
  • AlephBeta - an innovative Torah-learning website that reduces concepts down to simple, easy-to-understand nuggets... all in cartoon form!
  • Chabad.org - "All forms of modern technology can and should be harnessed to make the world a better place and, in the case of Jews, to spread Judaism in the widest possible manner."
  • Breslov.org - "Jews of all persuasions have discovered the Rebbe’s philosophy to be a powerful natural bridge between ancient Jewish wisdom and modern-day self-development. The Rebbe’s teachings offer practical and achievable inner-growth, while conveying a spiritual vibrancy that provides strength and stability during difficult times."

Jewish Scriptures & Writings

  • Jewish Tanach w/ Rashi commentary - "English translation of the entire Tanach with Rashi's commentary. Translation edited by esteemed translator and scholar, Rabbi A.J. Rosenberg."
  • Jewish Scriptures - this includes extensive articles on the Jewish Bible (Tanach), the Talmud, and Aggadot.
  • Pirkei Avot w/ commentary - "Ethics of the Fathers is a tractate of the Mishna that details the Torah's views on ethics and interpersonal relationships. Enjoy insights, audio classes and stories on these fascinating topics." 
  • Classic Texts - Bible (Tanach), Talmud, Pirkei Avot, Mishne Torah, Sefer HaMitzvot, the Haggadah, Shulchan Aruch HaRav, and others.

Jewish History

  • A good place to learn about Jewish and Nazarene history is here in NHNS's very own Classroom. We begin almost 5800 years ago at the dawn of Creation and progress through history until modern times.
  • Two other great sources for learning Jewish history are Rabbi Berel Wein and Professor Henry Jacobson. These two are fantastic historians and worth their digital weight in pure refined gold. Here is Prof. Jacobson's YouTube channel. Here is R. Berel Wein's Jewish History Crash Course and website.

Torah & Halacha

  • NHNS's Torah Apologia - NHNS's very own page defending the continuity of God's holy Torah (Law), it's contemporary relevance and modern applicability. This is a good place to start if one believes in keeping Torah but has not yet fully come to understand why within the context of the Besorah (New Testament).
  • The Mishnah (English/ Hebrew) - an edition of the Mishnah with both the original Hebrew and an English translation that is free to the public.
  • Sefer HaMitzvot - "Maimonides’ classic work wherein he enumerates the 613 biblical commandments."
  • Torah.org - "Weekly Torah Portion, Jewish Holidays, Text Study, Articles of Interest, Audio Lectures"
  • Halachipedia.com - "Our mission is to create the most comprehensive resource of Orthodox Halacha online, for free, and easily accessible to all. With help from people like you, we can create an encyclopedic resource to benefit millions of Jews."
  • DailyHalacha.com - "The general rule in the Halacha Yomi (Daily Halacha) is to follow the opinion of Maran, Rav Yosef Caro, as his opinion has been accepted by Sephardic Jews. Furthermore, most of the customs discussed follow Sephardic tradition. Lastly, a great emphasis has been placed to recognize the opinion of Chacham Ovadia Yosef shilita."
  • Mishne Torah (English) - "A modern English translation and commentary that presents a digest of the centuries of Torah scholarship which have been devoted to the study of the Mishneh Torah by Maimonides."
  • Shulchan Aruch (English) - "This web page will eventually with Hashem's help contain a online complete free english translation of the shulchan aruch (not kittsur shulchan arach, the real long one) and hopefully more works... Be patient as it takes a long time to translate everything into clear, articulate English that preserves the original meaning."
  • "The Living Law" from Torah.org - "What is the meaning of each mitzvah? What reasons and insights lie within the Torah laws? Are how will observing the commandments enable us to forge an eternal relationship with our Creator? THE LIVING LAW is a thought-provoking class that will investigate, research, and “taste” the profound depth of the 613 commandments. Discovering the inspirational meaning of theses laws, we will discover how each mitzvah speaks to the contemporary twenty-first century Jew."

Learning Hebrew

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Nazarene Studies

Beginner

  • Benei Avraham - "Our mission is to share the message of Torah and the Jewish Yeshua (Jesus) and create a thriving community of Torah-observant talmidim (disciples) of Yeshua."
  • New Heart New Spirit - "It is our goal to help Christians, Hebrew Rooters, Messianics, and all Torah-observers to understand the roots of their faith. We seek to reveal the lies inherited by our forefathers (Jeremiah 16:19) and to return to the faith once delivered to the Jewish saints of Jerusalem (Jude 1:3)."
  • Yashanet's article on The Antisemitism of the Early Church Fathers

Intermediate

  • First Fruits of Zion (FFOZ) - "First Fruits of Zion specializes in the study and teaching of Scripture from its historical, linguistic, and cultural context. Using the latest scholarship, ancient Jewish sources, and extra-biblical literature, we present a Messianic Jewish reading of the Bible and early Jewish-Christianity."
  • NHNS's Nazarene Judaism page - this page is part of our Jewish/ Christian history series. In this unit, we discuss the history and background of the Nazarenes, the original Jewish talmidim (studentsof Yeshua. We discuss their practices, beliefs, and historical significance. 
  • The "New" Testament (KosherNT) - this is a Facebook page that correlates passages from the Besorah (so-called "New Testament") with Jewish literature, beliefs, and practices. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you should be able to access the content on this page. I am the author of this page and I believe it is available to everyone.
  • Facing Each Other - "Welcome to the Facing-Each-Other website, the virtual tent of meeting between Judaism and Christianity!  This is an original initiative by Ariel Cohen Alloro who is an Orthodox Jewish Priest (Cohen) and it comes out of his personal discoveries in the Torah and Chassidic Judaism... [His goal is to] open a public Retrial on behalf of Yeshua in the presence of [the] 10 most important Rabbis in Israel, meant to fix the initial rigged trial that took place 2000 years ago and to clarify in front of the whole world all the aspects and issues related to this delicate subject."
  • Articles about Nazarene Judaism from the following sources: Yashanet, Nazarene Space, Wikipedia.

Advanced

  • The 'Law' of Messiah - "Our mission involves the continued work of current organizations and biblical luminaries, both Jewish and gentile, to reveal the Messiah, Yeshua of Nazareth, in his true context, faithful to Israel and the Jewish people as a nation chosen by G-d for the sake of being a light to the nations and revealing His Divine Will to all of humanity. We use both historical and biblical resources and we also use the writings of the Sages of blessed memory which include various commentaries, the Talmud, midrashim, mussar, aggadot, and Kabbalistic texts including the Zohar."
  • Yashanet.com - this site is similar to the others in this section. It is run by one of the founders of 13 Petals. It teaches on subjects ranging from Jewish and Nazarene history to the Holocaust, from NT commentaries to kabbalah. There is great scope to this site and it will definitely take you a long time to get through it. You will not easily run out of material to read. I especially like their Resource page and Recommended Reading page.
  • Ladder of Jacob - "This website is dedicated to exploring the person of Yeshua of Nazareth through the various levels of PaRDeS." It often utilizes the wisdom of our holy Jewish sages (otherwise called chazal) from historic, halachic, midrashic, and kabbalistic sources. Their Facebook page is here. I suggest reading and studying some of the articles on this site before moving on to 13 Petals. 
  • 13 Petals - "The 13 Petals web site is a spiritual resource center, providing distinct perspectives on Torah-related issues, pertinent to our times. The web site, as part of the greater initiative, functions in coordination with various Facebook groups, programs, conferences and other efforts. Unique to this web site is its viewpoint on the books of the “New Testament” and its main character, Yeshua of Nazareth. It is our position that perceived contradiction between the New Testament and Chazal is largely based on misunderstanding, and that the original teachings of Yeshua and the remainder of the New Testament are consistent with traditional and ancient Jewish Torah concepts. It is our goal to cause tikkun to this misunderstanding, by giving an interpretation in holiness (beKedusha), which returns the original understanding and brings people closer to Hashem." Their Facebook page is here. Here you can find their Suggested Reading page and Suggested Videos page.

Suggested Readings

Coming soon... (as of April 2018)