Posts Tagged ‘HALOT’

Ekev 5781

July 27, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 25th, 2021

Deut. 10:12   And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God demand of you? Only this: to revere the Lord your God, to walk only in His paths, to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, 13 keeping the Lord’s commandments and laws, which I enjoin upon you today, for your good.

Why does this verse resemble Micah 6:8 — and what does that verse mean by הצנע לכת ‘walking humbly’?  Not everyone agrees that humility is what Micah is calling for.  The NJPS translation of Mic 6:9, plus some poetic parallelism, will give us a clue.

This week’s handout: 46 Ekev 5781

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Aharei Mot-Kedoshim 5781

April 20, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of April 18th, 2021

Lev. 19:4   Do not turn to idols [אַל־תִּפְנוּ֙ אֶל־הָ֣אֱלִילִ֔ים] or make molten gods for yourselves: I the Lord am your God.

But what exactly is an אֱלִיל?

Click here for Mark Hamilton’s article “What Are Elilim?”

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Terumah 5781

February 16, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of February 14, 2021

Ex. 26:31 You shall make a curtain [פָרֹ֗כֶת] of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine twisted linen; it shall have a design of cherubim worked into it.

It seems obvious that פרכת must mean curtain, but as Abraham ibn Ezra tells us, this word does not occur outside the description of the Tabernacle — with one exception.

This week’s handout: 19 Terumah 5781

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Behar-Behukkotai 5780

May 12, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 10th, 2020

What is “liberty”?  Not an abstract question; see below.

Lev 25:10  You shall proclaim release [Hebrew דרור, OJPS “liberty”] throughout the land for all its inhabitants.

This week’s handout: 32-33 Behar-Behukkotai 5780

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