Posts Tagged ‘Baruch Levine’

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


Hukkat 5776

July 12, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 10th, 2016

This week, a biblical rarity—the LORD is obedient.

This week’s handout:  39 Hukkat 5776


Korah 5776

July 5, 2016

How were Moses and Samuel alike?
And who else was like Moses?

This week’s handout:  38 Korah 5776


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


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


Behar 5776

May 24, 2016

What does it mean to be someone’s slave “in perpetuity”?

This week’s handout:  32 Behar 5776


Emor 5776

May 17, 2016

What is the “bread of display” for, and why is it called “bread of the Face”?

This week’s handout:  31 Emor 5776


Kedoshim 5776

May 10, 2016

Double readings in the Holiness Code — plus two (count ’em, 2) kinds of reaping.

This week’s handout:  30 Kedoshim 5776


Aharei Mot 5776

May 3, 2016

What kind of man do you need to take a scapegoat from Jerusalem out to “the wilderness”?

This week’s handout:  29 Aharei Mot 5776


Metzora 5776

April 12, 2016

Israel’s medical priesthood.

This week’s handout:  28 Metzora 5776