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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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Tazria-Metzora 5777

April 25, 2017

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

 

The strange root צרע and the mysterious words (and names!) that derive from it.

Deut. 24:8

In cases of a skin affection [נגע צרעת] be most careful to do exactly as the levitical priests instruct you. Take care to do as I have commanded them.

This week’s handout:  27-28 Tazria-Metzora 5777

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Shemini 5777

April 18, 2017

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

Is a nesher an eagle or a vulture?  Is an ayit a vulture or an eagle?

Mic. 1:16

Shear off your hair and make yourself bald

For the children you once delighted in;

Make yourself as bald as a vulture,

For they have been banished from you.   [In fact, the only bald eagle is the American one, not known in biblical times.]

This week’s handout:   26 Shemini 5777

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Philologos: http://web.archive.org/web/20051128114929/http:/forward.com/issues/2000/00.10.20/arts4.html

R. Slifkin: http://zootorah.com/essays/the-identity-of-the-nesher

Word of the Day: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/features/.premium-1.589507

Balashon: http://www.balashon.com/2007/06/nesher-and-ayit.html

 

Tzav 5777

April 4, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of April 2nd, 2017

Is holiness contagious?  The real meaning of Lev 6:11.

Bonus:  “One of the best left-handed compliments in the history of Jewish Bible commentaries .”

This week’s handout:  25 Tzav 5777

Marty Lockshin, “Is Holiness Contagious?” on thetorah.com

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Happy Passover to all!  Reminder: no podcast next week, when we are reading the holiday portion on Shabbat; the podcast will be back the week after, with Parshat Shemini.

 

Vayikra 5777

March 28, 2017

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

Why does Lev 2:11 have two different words for “leaven” — and what’s wrong with leaven to begin with?

Lev. 2:11

No meal offering that you offer to the Lord shall be made with leaven [חמץ], for no leaven [שאר] or honey may be turned into smoke as an offering by fire to the Lord.

Nahmanides:  … Or perhaps there is some mystery in all of this that escapes us.

This week’s handout:  24 Vayikra 5777

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Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777

March 21, 2017

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 week’s handout:  22-23 Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777

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Ki Tisa 5777

March 14, 2017

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 week’s handout:  21 Ki Tisa 5777

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