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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?

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.

Va-etchanan 5777

August 1, 2017

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

Deut. 3:27

Go up to the summit of Pisgah and gaze about, to the west, the north, the south, and the east.

Look at it well, for you shall not go across yonder Jordan.

This week’s handout:  45 Va-etchanan 5777

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Devarim 5777

July 25, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 23rd, 2017

Deut. 1:5 – On the other side of the Jordan, in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to

expound this Teaching. הואיל משה באר את התורה הזאת

This week’s handout:  44 Devarim 5777

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Mattot-Masei 5777

July 18, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 16th, 2017

  • Num. 35:10 Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 11 you shall provide yourselves with places to serve you as cities of refuge to which a manslayer who has killed a person unintentionally [רוצח מכה נפש בשגגה] may flee.

This week’s handout:  42-43 Mattot-Masei 5777

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Click here for Marty Lockshin’s column on thetorah.com.