Since there’s no podcast this week (regular Torah readings resume after Passover NEXT Saturday, with Parshat Shmini), I thought it might be worth posting this notice for folks who are on the East Coast. I’m chairing the afternoon session. Click the link to register. See you there!
A special symposium in celebration of the 100th anniversary of The JPS Holy Scriptures, with many of the nation’s leading Bible scholars. After a look back at the last century, representatives from all the major rabbinical seminaries will discuss “Trends in Bible Scholarship and Translation” at the morning session. Scholars involved in the JPS Bible Commentary series will offer “Notes for a New Translation” at the afternoon session, that will also address the startling impact of the digital revolution in education and publishing.
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.).
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.
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.