Miketz 5778

December 12, 2017

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

Gen 42:9 Joseph said to them, “You are spies!”

Gen 42:14 Joseph said to them, “You are spies!”

Gen 42:16 Joseph said to them, “You are spies!”  (Chill out, Joe.)

What made Joseph insist on accusing his brothers of being spies?

This week’s handout:  10 Miketz 5778

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Vayeshev 5778

December 5, 2017

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

Gen 37:26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What do we gain by killing our brother and covering up his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, but let us not do away with him ourselves. After all, he is our brother, our own flesh.” His brothers agreed. 28 When Midianite traders passed by, they pulled Joseph up out of the pit. They sold Joseph for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites, who brought Joseph to Egypt.

Who pulled Joseph out of the pit, and who sold him to whom?

This week’s handout:  09 Vayeshev 5778

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Vayishlach 5778

November 28, 2017

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

Gen 33:10 But Jacob said, “No, I pray you; if you would do me this favor, accept from me this gift; for to see your face is like seeing the face of God, and you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept my present which has been brought to you, for God has favored me and I have plenty.”

The crucial difference between “this gift” and “my present.”

This week’s handout:  08 Vayishlach 5778

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Vayetze 5778

November 21, 2017

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

Gen 28:18 Early in the morning, Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on the top of it.

Why did Jacob pour oil on the stone?

This week’s handout:  07 Vayetze 5778

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Toledot 5778

November 14, 2017

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

Gen. 25:24 When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. 25 The

first one emerged red, like a hairy mantle all over; so they named him Esau. 26 Then his brother

emerged, holding on to the heel of Esau; so they named him Jacob.

Jacob’s name makes sense (in Hebrew) — but Esau’s doesn’t.  What’s up?

This week’s handout:  06 Toledot 5778

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Hayyei Sarah 5778

November 7, 2017

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

Gen. 23:1  Sarah’s lifetime—the span of Sarah’s life—came to one hundred and twenty-seven years.

2 Sarah died in Kiriath-arba—now Hebron—in the land of Canaan.

What does Kiriath-arba mean, and why does Hebron have two names?

This week’s handout:  05 Hayyei Sarah 5778

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Vayera 5778

October 31, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 29th, 2017 

Gen. 20:14            Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves, and gave them to Abraham; and he restored his wife Sarah to him. 15 And Abimelech said, “Here, my land is before you; settle wherever you please.” 16 And to Sarah he said, “I herewith give your brother a thousand pieces of silver; this will serve you as vindication before all who are with you, and you are cleared before everyone.”

HOW MUCH IS 1,000 PIECES OF SILVER?

This week’s handout:  04 Vayera 5778

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Lech Lecha 5778

October 24, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 22nd, 2017 

Gen 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of the Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou goest unto Zoar.

This week’s handout:  03 Lech Lecha 5778

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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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