Posts Tagged ‘Gary Rendsburg’

V’zot ha-Bracha 5781-82

September 21, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of September 19th, 2021

Deut. 33:21 

For there is the portion of the revered chieftain [מְחֹקֵ֖ק סָפ֑וּן],

Where the heads of the people come [וַיֵּתֵא֙ רָ֣אשֵׁי עָ֔ם].

What is the meaning of these mysterious lines from the blessing of Gad?

Did the end of line 1 and the beginning of line 2 get switched around?

And … what are we trying to find out when we ask these questions?

This week’s handout: 54 V’zot ha-Bracha 5781-82

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Devarim 5780

July 21, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 19th, 2020

Deut 2:36 (“not a city”) and 3:4 (“not a town”) both use the word קריה (kiryah) rather than the far more common עיר (ir).  We’ll look at some possible explanations why — with a stop in the New Testament and another in the northern kingdom on the way.

This week’s handout: 44 Devarim 5780

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Vayikra 5780

March 24, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of March 22nd, 2020

Lev 1:1  says that someone or something “called” to Moses — or does it?  A tiny א makes all the difference in this word.

This week’s handout: 24 Vayikra 5780

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James Diamond, Scribal Secrets [click the link to p. 106 for the tiny א]
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Terumah 5780

February 25, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of February 23rd, 2020

How one letter splits into two, when you move into Greek from Hebrew.

This week’s handout: 19 Terumah 5780


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