Enter the orchard

Study the bible in its original language

  • Walk Through the Biblical Orchard

    Each of the four letters of Pardes (P, R, D, S) represents a level of meaning, from the most literal to the most esoteric. The first layer is Peshat (פשט), meaning “simple.” This is the literal meaning of the verse. The second layer is Remez (רמז), meaning “hint,” which focuses on the allegorical truths that the verse hints at. The third layer is Drash (דרש) meaning “demand” and talks about God’s demands of us as human beings. The fourth and final layer is Sod (סוד), meaning “secret.” This layer talks about the secret to life and happiness under God.

    The names of these four layers create the sacred word Pardes “orchard” which is the source for the English word “paradise.” For this reason, over the past 2,000 years Jews have referred to studying the Bible as "walking through the orchard". Are you ready to take a walk through the orchard with us? Enroll in our live online Biblical Hebrew course and discover the hidden layers of the Scriptures like never before. 

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