Posts Tagged ‘Abarbanel’

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


Bo 5777

January 31, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of January 29, 2017

Why is Moses told to “come” to Pharaoh, rather than to “go” to Pharaoh?

This week’s handout:  15-bo-5777



Noach 5777

November 1, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 30th, 2016

What are the “one” words that the people who build the Tower of Babel had?
And why doesn’t the story say that they spoke a single “tongue”?


This weeks’ handout:  02-noach-5777


Behukkotai 5776

May 31, 2016

What is Lev 26:3 really asking the Israelites to do?  It depends how you read the verse.

This week’s handout:  33 Behukkotai 5776


Tazria 5776

April 5, 2016

Israel’s medical priesthood.

This week’s handout:  27 Tazria 5776


Vayikra 5776

March 15, 2016

You must always “cause leaven to cease” from your offerings, but you may NEVER “cause salt to cease” from them.
What does that mean, and why is it so?

This week’s handout:  24 Vayikra 5776