Posts Tagged ‘Abraham ibn Ezra’

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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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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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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Bereshit 5777

October 25, 2016

This is Torah Talk for [the rest of] the week of October 23rd, 2016

What is crouching at Cain’s door?

And is it really “crouching,” or is something more sinister going on?

 

This week’s handout:  01-bereshit-5777

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Ki Tetze 5776

September 13, 2016

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

Do Deut 24:8 and Deut 24:9 — “Remember what the LORD did to Miriam” — go together, or don’t they?

This week’s handout:  49-ki-tetze-5776

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Ekev 5776

August 23, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 21st, 2016

What are “the early rain” and “the late rain”?
And why does Hebrew have so many words for rain?

This week’s handout:  46 Ekev 5776

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Devarim 5776

August 9, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 7th, 2016

Two ways to say 11 in Biblical Hebrew — and how one of them reveals something surprising about the book of Deuteronomy.

This week’s handout:  44 Devarim 5776

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Mattot-Masei 5776

August 2, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 31st, 2016

The recap of the Israelites’ wilderness itinerary once again follows Aaron’s death with a mention of the King of Arad. Why?

This week’s handout:  42-43 Mattot-Masei 5776

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Shelach Lecha 5776

June 28, 2016

Where did the Amalekites and the Canaanites live — in the valley or on the mountain?

This week’s handout:  37 Shelach Lecha 5776

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Bemidbar 5776

June 7, 2016

Does the order of the tribes matter?
Only if you care who’s first in line.

This week’s handout:  34 Bemidbar 5776

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