Posts Tagged ‘Abraham ibn Ezra’

Mattot-Masei 5778

July 10, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 8th, 2018

Num. 28:7  The libation with it shall be a quarter of a hin for each lamb, to be poured in the sacred precinct as an offering of fermented drink [שכר] to the LORD. 8The other lamb you shall offer at twilight, preparing the same meal offering and libation as in the morning—an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the LORD.

Num. 32:33  Moses assigned to them—to the Gadites, the Reubenites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph—the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites and the kingdom of King Og of Bashan.

Wait a minute … how did the half-tribe of Manasseh get in on this deal?

This week’s handout:  42-43 Mattot-Masei 5778

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Pinchas 5778

July 3, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 1st, 2018

Num. 28:7  The libation with it shall be a quarter of a hin for each lamb, to be poured in the sacred precinct as an offering of fermented drink [שכר] to the LORD. 8The other lamb you shall offer at twilight, preparing the same meal offering and libation as in the morning—an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the LORD.

But what is שכר?

This week’s handout:  41 Pinchas 5778

Read Elaine Goodfriend’s essay on thetorah.com: http://thetorah.com/shekhar-is-it-wine-or-beer/

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Korah 5778

June 12, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 10th, 2018

Num. 17:25   The LORD said to Moses, “Put Aaron’s staff back before the Pact, to be kept as a lesson to rebels, so that their mutterings against Me may cease, lest they die.” 26 This Moses did; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did.

But … what happened to it, and to the jar of manna that was supposedly also there?

This week’s handout: 38 Korah 5778

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Shelach Lecha 5778

June 5, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 3rd, 2018

Numbers 14 – The Israelites are told they will die in the desert and only their children will enter the land.

Numbers 16 – The Korah Rebellion

And in between them … a bunch of miscellaneous laws.  What are they doing there?  And why are the laws so carefully integrated into Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy just tossed into Numbers any which way?

This week’s handout: 37 Shelach Lecha 5778

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Beha’alotcha 5778

May 29, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 27th, 2018

Num. 8:2

Moses is told to instruct Aaron, “When you mount the lamps, let the seven lamps give light at the front of the lampstand.”

But what does אל-מול פני המנורה really mean?  And where is the one surprising place it’s used outside of priestly literature?

This week’s handout:  36 Beha’alotcha 5778

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Naso 5778

May 22, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 20th, 2018

Num. 5:12 If any man’s wife has gone astray [כי-תשטה אשתו] and broken faith with him …

“Going astray” is a familiar biblical topic — and so is a woman cheating on her husband.  But the verb used for it in this passage about the “sotah” is extremely rare.  Where else does it occur?

This week’s handout:  35 Naso 5778

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Behar-Behukkotai 5778

May 8, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 6th, 2018

Lev. 27:2-3 … When anyone explicitly vows to the Lord the equivalent for a human being [בערכך נפשות], the following scale shall apply.

But what is an ערכך?

This week’s handout:  32-33 Behar-Behukkotai 5778

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Aharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778

April 24, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of April 22nd, 2018

Lev. 18:21 Do not allow any of your offspring to be offered up to Molech, and do not profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.

Jacob Milgrom: “But who is Molech?”

This week’s handout:  29-30 Aharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778

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Vayakhel-Pekudei 5778

March 6, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of March 4th, 2018

God is the One who is “Enthroned on the Cherubim” — but not on those calves!  So … what exactly are cherubim?  William Propp says they are “griffins.”

This week’s handout:  22-23 Vayakhel-Pekudei 5778

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Tetzaveh 5778

February 20, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of February 18th, 2018

Ex. 27:20 You shall further instruct the Israelites [ואתה תצוה את בני ישראל] to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly.

Why doesn’t God just tell Moses, “Instruct the Israelites [צו את בני ישראל]” as He does elsewhere?

This week’s handout:  20 Tetzaveh 5778

Click here for R. Chaim Brovender’s talk (scroll down to 5774), which you can listen to or download — warning: It’s in Yeshivish.

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