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.

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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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Pinchas 5777

July 11, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 9th, 2017

Num. 29:12   On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, you shall observe a sacred occasion: you shall not work at your occupations.—Seven days you shall observe a festival of the Lord.— 13 You shall present a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord: Thirteen bulls of the herd [!], two rams, fourteen yearling lambs; they shall be without blemish.

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Balak 5777

July 4, 2017

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

Num. 23:23 Is it …

“Lo, there is no augury in Jacob, No divining in Israel” (JPS), or

“There is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel” (KJV)?

This week’s handout:  40 Balak 5777

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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.

This week’s handout:  39 Hukkat 5777

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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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