Posts Tagged ‘Abraham ibn Ezra’

V’zot ha-Bracha 5777-78

October 3, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 1st, 2017 

מימינו אשדת למו

Deut. 33:2

The Lord came from Sinai;

He shone upon them from Seir;

He appeared from Mount Paran,

And approached from Ribeboth-kodesh,

Lightning flashing at them from His right.b

b Meaning of Heb. mimino eshdath uncertain, perhaps a place name.

Masorah:      This is one of 15 cases where the written text has a single word that is to be read out loud as two words.

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Ha’azinu 5777-78

September 19, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of September 17th, 2017 

Deut. 32:44    Moses came, together with Hosea son of Nun, and recited all the words of this poem in the hearing of the people.

The poem is Ha’azinu … but why is Joshua called Hosea?

Note:  I mistakenly said on the podcast that we would be reading Ha’azinu for a second week — but since Saturday afternoon September 23rd we have been “in” Parshat V’Zot Ha-Bracha.  That podcast, however, remains scheduled for Oct. 3rd, in time for the full reading on Oct. 5th or 6th (depending on which calendar you follow).

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Ki Tetze 5777

August 29, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 27th, 2017

The congregation of the Lord (Deut 23:2) served as the national governing body, akin to a popular legislature, that was charged with a broad range of judicial, political, and policy matters (Judg. 20:2). – Bernard Levinson, Jewish Study Bible

This week’s handout:  49 Ki Tetze 5777

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Shoftim 5777

August 22, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 20th, 2017

Our hands did not shed this blood [Deut 21:7]. “Shed” has the appearance of a singular verb, not a plural;H you will find the same grammatical phenomenon in “my steps were nearly led off course” (Ps. 73:2). — Abraham ibn Ezra

Correction:  I say on the audio that the perfect is the equivalent of the Modern Hebrew present tense — no idea what I was thinking.  Of course, it is the equivalent of the Modern Hebrew past tense.  Sorry for the mistake.

This week’s handout:  48 Shoftim 5777

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Re’eh 5777

August 15, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 13th, 2017

Deut. 15:18

When you do set him free, do not feel aggrieved; for in the six years he has given you double the

service of a hired man.

RASHI : Double the service of a hired man. From this verse the Sages derive that a Hebrew

slave may be asked to serve his master both during the day and at night; that is “double” what

one may require of a hired man. What kind of “service” does he do at night? His master provides

him with one of his Canaanite slave women; whatever offspring they produce belong to the

owner.

This week’s handout:  47 Re’eh 5777

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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

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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)?

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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.)

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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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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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