Hukkat 5777

June 27, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 25th, 2017

“Instruct the Israelite people to bring you a red cow without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which no yoke has been laid.”

Nili Fox, “Numbers,” Jewish Study Bible:  “Generations have puzzled over the color of this cow.”  But we’re going to puzzle over that … yoke.

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Korah 5777

June 20, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 18th, 2017

“Now Dathan and Abiram had come out and they stood at the entrance of their tents, with their wives, their children, and their little ones.”  And they’d better watch their step!  (Especially the little ones.)

This week’s handout:  38 Korah 5777

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“Many Voices” excerpt

June 18, 2017

There’s now an updated link if you’d like to read an excerpt of my book The Bible’s Many Voices:

http://unp-bookworm.unl.edu/Supplements/excerpts/Spring%2014/9780827609358_excerpt.pdf

Sorry for the broken links I’ve just found out about.

Shelach Lecha 5777

June 13, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 11th, 2017

Num. 15:30        But the person, be he citizen or stranger, who acts defiantly [ביד רמה] reviles the Lord; that person shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he has spurned the word of the Lord and violated His commandment, that person shall be cut off—he bears his guilt.

Rashi: Literally, “with a high hand”—deliberately rather than inadvertently.

This week’s handout:  37 Shelach Lecha 5777

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See a picture of the “upraised hands” I mention in the podcast here.

And one from 2011 (1,000th coaching victory):

Beha’alotcha 5777

June 6, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 4th, 2017

“For every first-born among the Israelites, man as well as beast, is Mine; I consecrated them to Myself at the time that I smote every first-born in the land of Egypt. 18 Now I take the Levites instead of every first-born of the Israelites.” — Remind you of anything?

This week’s handout:  36 Beha’alotcha 5777

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Naso 5777

May 30, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 28th, 2017

It’s Hanukkah — in May.  What “the dedication [offering]” is all about.

This week’s handout:  35 Naso 5777

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Bemidbar 5777

May 23, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 21st, 2017

 

The (so-called) “structure of the book of Numbers.

Nili Fox: “It is often difficult to determine the relationship between contiguous segments.”

David Frankel: “Davies concludes that the book has no coherent structure at all.”

Jacob Milgrom: “The position of chapter 19 is an enigma.”

[etc.]

This week’s handout:  34 Bemidbar 5777

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Behar-Behukkotai 5777

May 16, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 14th, 2017

Why does Lev 26:42 list the patriarchs in reverse order?  A symposium.

Bonus:  Rashi explains why the NJPS translation is wrong.

Lev. 26:42 Then will I remember My covenant with Jacob; I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham; and I will remember the land.

This week’s handout:  32-33 Behar-Behukkotai 5777

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Emor 5777

May 9, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 7th, 2017

Lev. 23:42 You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens [אזרח] in Israel shall live in booths.

Rashi: All citizens in Israel. All citizens, and all those in Israel, including converts. [But is Rashi correct?]

This week’s handout:  31 Emor 5777

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Aharei Mot-Kedoshim 5777

May 2, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of April 30th, 2017

What kind of “self-denial” does the Bible ask us to practice on Yom Kippur?  The real meaning of ve-innitem et nafshoteichem.

Lev. 16:29      And this shall be to you a law for all time: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall practice self-denial [תענו את נפשותיכם]; and you shall do no manner of work, neither the citizen nor the alien who resides among you. 30 For on this day atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you of all your sins; you shall be clean before the Lord. 31 It shall be a sabbath of complete rest for you, and you shall practice self-denial [ועניתם את נפשותיכם]; it is a law for all time.

This week’s handout:  29-30 Aharei Mot-Kedoshim 5777

Baruch Schwartz, “Yom Ha-kippurim: The Biblical Significance” on thetorah.com

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