Posts Tagged ‘Gersonides’

Tzav 5777

April 4, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of April 2nd, 2017

Is holiness contagious?  The real meaning of Lev 6:11.

Bonus:  “One of the best left-handed compliments in the history of Jewish Bible commentaries .”

This week’s handout:  25 Tzav 5777

Marty Lockshin, “Is Holiness Contagious?” on


Happy Passover to all!  Reminder: no podcast next week, when we are reading the holiday portion on Shabbat; the podcast will be back the week after, with Parshat Shemini.


Noach 5777

November 1, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 30th, 2016

What are the “one” words that the people who build the Tower of Babel had?
And why doesn’t the story say that they spoke a single “tongue”?


This weeks’ handout:  02-noach-5777


Mattot-Masei 5776

August 2, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 31st, 2016

The recap of the Israelites’ wilderness itinerary once again follows Aaron’s death with a mention of the King of Arad. Why?

This week’s handout:  42-43 Mattot-Masei 5776


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


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


Shemini 5776

March 29, 2016

“The Adventures of Nadab & Abihu: Alien Fire!”
(Or is that what it really means?)

This week’s handout:  26 Shemini 5776