Posts Tagged ‘Baruch Levine’

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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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

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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

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Korah 5776

July 5, 2016

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

This week’s handout:  38 Korah 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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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

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Behar 5776

May 24, 2016

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

This week’s handout:  32 Behar 5776

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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

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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

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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

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