Posts Tagged ‘Deuteronomy’

Re’eh 5778

August 7, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 5th, 2018

Deut. 13:13 If you hear it said, of one of the towns that the LORD your God is giving you to dwell in, 14 that some scoundrels from among you have gone and subverted the inhabitants of their town, saying, “Come let us worship other gods”—whom you have not experienced— 15 you shall investigate and inquire and interrogate thoroughly [ודרשת וחקרת ושאלת היטב] If it is true, the fact is established—that abhorrent thing was perpetrated in your midst— 16 put the inhabitants of that town to the sword and put its cattle to the sword. Doom it and all that is in it to destruction.

What does חקר mean, and why and how should we do it?

This week’s handout:  47 Re’eh 5778


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Yitro 5778

January 30, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of January 28th, 2018

In Exodus 18:13-26, Moses’ father-in-law Jethro tells him to appoint judges — just like Jehoshaphat?  (Jaeyoung Jeon thinks so.)

This week’s handout:  17 Yitro 5778



Lech Lecha 5778

October 24, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 22nd, 2017 

Gen 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of the Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou goest unto Zoar.

This week’s handout:  03 Lech Lecha 5778


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.

This week’s handout:  54 V’zot ha-Bracha 5777-78


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


This week’s handout:  47 Re’eh 5777


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

This week’s handout:  44 Devarim 5777


Toledot 5777

November 29, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 27th, 2016

What is meant by saying that Abraham kept “My commandments, My laws, and My teachings”?

This week’s handout:  06-toledot-5777


The Commentators’ Bible: Deuteronomy

March 5, 2015

Update:  If the code on the flyer — 6jaj4 — does note work, try the original code 6AS15.  They seem to have screwed up again.

Being a Bible Guy includes being a “parshanut” guy — someone who’s interested in how earlier exegetes [מפרשים, mepharshim] have tried to resolve things in the Bible that are difficult to understand.  Various elements of my biography have involved me in a project aimed at creating an English-language version of the traditional Bibles used in synagogues, with the Hebrew text of the Bible in the middle of the page, surrounded with translations and commentaries.

For those who’ve missed my announcements in various forums about it: the Deuteronomy volume is out now.  Click here for the flyer with a color picture of the cover and the code for a 25% discount!  (Don’t know whether the code will work for all 4 volumes or not.)

This is the 4th completed volume; I’m working now on the first volume, Genesis, projected to be published 3 years from now.  Follow me on Twitter @mcarasik to keep tabs on my progress.