Noach 5778

October 17, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 15th, 2017 

Gen. 11:7 Let us, then, go down and confound [ונבלה] their speech there

Gen. 11:9 That is why it was called Babel [בבל]

there the Lord confounded [בלל] the speech of the whole earth

This week’s handout: 02 Noach 5778

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Bereshit 5778

October 10, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 8th, 2017 

Gen. 3:5 [NJPS] God knows that as soon as you eat of it [then] your eyes will be opened and you will be like divine beings who know good and bad.

Gen. 3:5 [NRSV] God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and [then] you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

This week’s handout:  01 Bereshit 5778

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V’zot ha-Bracha 5777-78

October 3, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 1st, 2017 

מימינו אשדת למו

Deut. 33:2

The Lord came from Sinai;

He shone upon them from Seir;

He appeared from Mount Paran,

And approached from Ribeboth-kodesh,

Lightning flashing at them from His right.b

b Meaning of Heb. mimino eshdath uncertain, perhaps a place name.

Masorah:      This is one of 15 cases where the written text has a single word that is to be read out loud as two words.

This week’s handout:  54 V’zot ha-Bracha 5777-78

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Ha’azinu 5777-78

September 19, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of September 17th, 2017 

Deut. 32:44    Moses came, together with Hosea son of Nun, and recited all the words of this poem in the hearing of the people.

The poem is Ha’azinu … but why is Joshua called Hosea?

Note:  I mistakenly said on the podcast that we would be reading Ha’azinu for a second week — but since Saturday afternoon September 23rd we have been “in” Parshat V’Zot Ha-Bracha.  That podcast, however, remains scheduled for Oct. 3rd, in time for the full reading on Oct. 5th or 6th (depending on which calendar you follow).

This week’s handout:  53 Ha’azinu 5777-78

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Nitzavim-Vayelech 5777

September 12, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of September 10th, 2017

Deut. 30:1

When all these things befall you—the blessing and the curse that I have set before you—and you take them to heart amidst the various nations to which the Lord your God has banished you, 2 and you return to the Lord your God, and you and your children heed His command with all your heart and soul, just as I enjoin upon you this day, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunesa and take you back in love.

But is “then” in the right place?  Marc Brettler doesn’t think so.

This week’s handout:  51-52 Nitzavim-Vayelech 5777

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Ki Tavo 5777

September 5, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of September 3rd, 2017

Deut. 26:9      [The Lord] brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

But what is “this place”?

This week’s handout:  50 Ki Tavo 5777

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Ki Tetze 5777

August 29, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 27th, 2017

The congregation of the Lord (Deut 23:2) served as the national governing body, akin to a popular legislature, that was charged with a broad range of judicial, political, and policy matters (Judg. 20:2). – Bernard Levinson, Jewish Study Bible

This week’s handout:  49 Ki Tetze 5777

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Shoftim 5777

August 22, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 20th, 2017

Our hands did not shed this blood [Deut 21:7]. “Shed” has the appearance of a singular verb, not a plural;H you will find the same grammatical phenomenon in “my steps were nearly led off course” (Ps. 73:2). — Abraham ibn Ezra

Correction:  I say on the audio that the perfect is the equivalent of the Modern Hebrew present tense — no idea what I was thinking.  Of course, it is the equivalent of the Modern Hebrew past tense.  Sorry for the mistake.

This week’s handout:  48 Shoftim 5777

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Re’eh 5777

August 15, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 13th, 2017

Deut. 15:18

When you do set him free, do not feel aggrieved; for in the six years he has given you double the

service of a hired man.

RASHI : Double the service of a hired man. From this verse the Sages derive that a Hebrew

slave may be asked to serve his master both during the day and at night; that is “double” what

one may require of a hired man. What kind of “service” does he do at night? His master provides

him with one of his Canaanite slave women; whatever offspring they produce belong to the

owner.

This week’s handout:  47 Re’eh 5777

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Ekev 5777

August 8, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 6th, 2017

Deut. 11:19 “when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up.”

This week’s handout:  46 Ekev 5777

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Click here for the TOC and preface to Revell’s book.

Click here for the 1st page of a 1980 article by him.

Click here for a full article on the subject (which I haven’t read) by James Price.