Vayehi 5777

January 10, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of January 8, 2017

Jacob lived in Egypt for 17 years — and Joseph lived in Canaan for 17 years.

Coincidence?

This week’s handout:   12-vayehi-5777

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Vayigash 5777

January 3, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of January 1, 2017

Better call Saul … just don’t call him the son of a Canaanite woman.

This week’s handout:   11-vayigash-5777

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Happy New Year, everyone!

Miketz 5777

December 27, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of December 25th, 2016

 

Once again, two dreams, three times.

This week’s handout:  10-miketz-5777

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The book about dreams in the Bible (cited in Grossman’s article):

Shaul Bar, A Letter That Has Not Been Read

And a brand-new column on Joseph & dreams by Jack Sasson: http://thetorah.com/joseph-and-the-dreams-of-many-colors/:

“Thus, a dream that recurred within a close interval demanded attention.  So did differing, mutually reinforcing dreams that occurred in the same night.”

Vayeshev 5777

December 20, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of December 18th, 2016

What kind of coat is Joseph wearing?

And who is the only other person in the Bible who wears that kind of coat?

 

This week’s handout: 09-vayeshev-5777

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 For “wine” as a culture word, see the latest Philologos column here.

Vayishlach 5777

December 13, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of December 11th, 2016

Why does Jacob go to Succoth after promising to follow Esau to Seir?

And where are Succoth and Seir anyway?

This week’s handout: 08-vayishlach-5777

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Vayetze 5777

December 6, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of December 4th, 2016

What are terafim — and how big are they?

(See the pictures in the attached article from the Jerusalem Post!)
This week’s handout:  07-vayetze-5777

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And see: http://www.jpost.com/printarticle.aspx?id=446065

Toledot 5777

November 29, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 27th, 2016

What is meant by saying that Abraham kept “My commandments, My laws, and My teachings”?

This week’s handout:  06-toledot-5777

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Hayyei Sarah 5777

November 22, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 20th, 2016

Who are the Hittites?

And what are they doing in Hebron?

This week’s handout:  05-hayyei-sarah-5777

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Vayera 5777

November 15, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 13th, 2016

What kind of knife did Abraham pick up “to slay his son”?

This week’s handout:  04-vayera-5777

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Lech Lecha 5777

November 8, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 6th, 2016

Who are the Amorites?

And why do they stand in for all the Canaanites?

This week’s handout:  03-lech-lecha-5777

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