Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777

March 21, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of March 19th, 2017

How the creation of the Tabernacle matches the creation of the world — and WHY.

 

Jeffrey Tigay, “Exodus,” Jewish Study Bible

Thus was completed all the work of the Tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting (Exod 39:32):  The phraseology (see also 40:33 n.) alludes to the completion of the creation of the world in Gen. 2:1, 3, one of several echoes of the Priestly source’s account of creation here in the Priestly account of the creation of the Tabernacle (see 25:1–31:17 n.).

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Ki Tisa 5777

March 14, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of March 12th, 2017

What were the Israelites really doing when they worshipped the Golden Calf?

Rashbam:        Could they really be so foolish as not to understand that this calf, which had just been created, had not brought them out of Egypt? Of course not. All idolaters know that our God in heaven created the world. Their mistake was made because idols have in them an unclean spirit, just as the prophets have in them a holy spirit.

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Tetzaveh 5777

March 7, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of March 5th, 2017

Exod 28:29 Aaron shall carry the names of the sons of Israel on the breastpiece of decision over his heart, when he enters the sanctuary, for remembrance before the Lord at all times. 30 Inside the breastpiece of decision you shall place the Urim and Thummim, so that they are over Aaron’s heart when he comes before the Lord. Thus Aaron shall carry the instrument of decision for the Israelites over his heart before the Lord at all times.

But just what are the Urim and Thummim?  Victor Hurowitz (ז״ל) had some ideas.

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Terumah 5777

February 28, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of February 26th, 2017

Just what is that darn “dolphin skin”?

Answer:  Like the Covenant Code in last week’s parashah, it’s an ancient Near Eastern thing.

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Mishpatim 5777

February 21, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of February 19th, 2017

What does Exod 21:22 mean by saying that a pregnant woman is pushed and “her yeladim come out”?

And what is the “other damage” that may or may not ensue?

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Yitro 5777

February 14, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of February 12th, 2017

How is Jethro portrayed in Exodus 18 — and why?

(Ed Greenstein on “Jethro’s Wit”)

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Beshalach 5777

February 7, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of February 5th, 2017

Just what was that sea the Israelites crossed?

And what did Herodotus have to say about it?

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Bo 5777

January 31, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of January 29, 2017

Why is Moses told to “come” to Pharaoh, rather than to “go” to Pharaoh?

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Va’era 5777

January 24, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of January 22, 2017

Why doesn’t Exodus 6 begin with v. 2 — where the Jewish parashah begins?

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Shemot 5777

January 17, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of January 15, 2017

 

“The Baby in the Basket” — Moses … or Sargon?

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