Posts Tagged ‘Jacob Milgrom’

Bemidbar 5777

May 23, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 21st, 2017


The (so-called) “structure of the book of Numbers.

Nili Fox: “It is often difficult to determine the relationship between contiguous segments.”

David Frankel: “Davies concludes that the book has no coherent structure at all.”

Jacob Milgrom: “The position of chapter 19 is an enigma.”


This week’s handout:  34 Bemidbar 5777


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



V’zot ha-Bracha 5776-77

October 18, 2016

This is Torah Talk for October 24th and 25th, 2016

Who is missing from the Blessing of Moses, and why?
And how is he not quite missing after all?

And the handout:  54-vzot-ha-bracha-5776-77


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


Balak 5776

July 19, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 17th, 2016

This week, some biblical onomatopoeia (gee, it’s good to see ya).

This week’s handout:  40 Balak 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


Korah 5776

July 5, 2016

How were Moses and Samuel alike?
And who else was like Moses?

This week’s handout:  38 Korah 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


Emor 5776

May 17, 2016

What is the “bread of display” for, and why is it called “bread of the Face”?

This week’s handout:  31 Emor 5776


Aharei Mot 5776

May 3, 2016

What kind of man do you need to take a scapegoat from Jerusalem out to “the wilderness”?

This week’s handout:  29 Aharei Mot 5776