Posts Tagged ‘Baruch Schwartz’

Vayikra 5778

March 13, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of March 11th, 2018

If you read the weekly parshiyot separately, some things are hidden from you.  The subject of the 1st verb in Leviticus — ויקרא אל משה — is actually at the end of the book of Exodus.

This week’s handout:  24 Vayikra 5778



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



Emor 5777

May 9, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 7th, 2017

Lev. 23:42 You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens [אזרח] in Israel shall live in booths.

Rashi: All citizens in Israel. All citizens, and all those in Israel, including converts. [But is Rashi correct?]

This week’s handout:  31 Emor 5777


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


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


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