Posts Tagged ‘Joseph Bekhor Shor’

Vayelech 5781-82

September 7, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of September 5th, 2021

Deut. 31:1    Moses went and spoke these things to all Israel. 2  He said to them:

I am now one hundred and twenty years old, I can no longer be active. Moreover, the Lord has said to me, “You shall not go across yonder Jordan.” 3 The Lord your God Himself will cross over before you [ה֣וּא ׀ עֹבֵ֣ר לְפָנֶ֗יךָ]; and He Himself will wipe out those nations from your path and you shall dispossess them.—Joshua is the one who shall cross before you [הוּ֚א עֹבֵ֣ר לְפָנֶ֔יךָ], as the Lord has spoken.— 4 The Lord will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, kings

Who exactly is “crossing over” Before the Israelites?  Is Joshua going with the Israelites, or leading them?  And … who is “he” in v.23?

This week’s handout: 52 Vayelech 5781-82

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Ki Tavo 5781

August 24, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 22nd, 2021

Deut. 28:36    The Lord will drive you, and the king you have set over you, to a nation unknown to you or your fathers, where you shall serve other gods, of wood and stone. 37 You shall be a consternation, a proverb, and a byword [לְשַׁמָּ֔ה לְמָשָׁ֖ל וְלִשְׁנִינָ֑ה] among all the peoples to which the Lord will drive you.

What is a “byword”?  Therein lies a tale — a cautionary tale.

This week’s handout: 50 Ki Tavo 5781

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Beha’alotcha 5781

May 25, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 23rd, 2021

Num. 11:1   The people took to, like, complaining [וַיְהִי הָעָם כְּמִתְאֹנְנִים] bitterly before the Lord.

As if!  What does this verb really mean, and why were they “like” doing it?

This week’s handout: 36 Beha’alotcha 5781

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Emor 5781

April 27, 2021

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

Lev. 23:10    When you enter the land that I am giving to you and you reap its harvest, you shall bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest.11 He shall elevate the sheaf before the Lord for acceptance in your behalf; the priest shall elevate it on the day after the sabbath [מִֽמָּחֳרַת֙ הַשַּׁבָּ֔ת]. 

What does this verse mean by the day after the sabbath? That question opens a Pandora’s box of trouble for Jewish history.

Click here and see §41 to find out what Abarbanel thought the explanation was.

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Toledot 5781

November 17, 2020

Gen. 25:29  Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the open, famished [עָיֵֽף].
30And Esau said to Jacob, “Give me some of that red stuff to gulp down, for I am famished”—which is why he was named Edom.

Why does the Torah say that Esau is עיף (which usually means “fatigued”) rather than רעב, “hungry”?

This week’s handout: 06 Toledot 5781

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Bereshit 5781

October 13, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 11th, 2020

In Gen 2:6 we learn that an אֵד rises up to water the ground. But … what is an eid, and when did this happen?

 

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V’zot ha-Bracha 5780-81

October 6, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 4th, 2020

At the end of Deuteronomy, we simultaneously go back to begin Genesis again and continue on by beginning to read Joshua.  The link between them?  It is the bones of Joseph.

This week’s handout: 54 V’zot ha-Bracha 5780-81

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Nitzavim-Vayelech 5780

September 8, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of September 6th, 2020

Deut 29:10 mentions (male) woodchoppers and water-drawers as if they were non-Israelites — but elsewhere drawing water is a (local) women’s job, not one for foreign slaves.  What’s going on here … and what did the author of Ruth think about it all?

This week’s handout: 51-52 Nitzavim-Vayelech 5780

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Emor 5780

May 5, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 3rd, 2020

What is “the product of hadar trees”?  It is an etrog “of course” — but when did it become that, and where do etrogim come from?

Lev 23:40  On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees [פרי עץ הדר], branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.

This week’s handout: 31 Emor 5780

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Click here for a map of how the citron made it from China to Israel and on to Rome.

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Aharei Mot-Kedoshim 5780

April 28, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of April 26th, 2020

What is sha’atnez/שעטנז … where does the word come from … why can’t you wear it … and why CAN the priests wear it?

Lev 19:9  You shall not let your cattle mate with a different kind; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed; you shall not put on cloth from a mixture of two kinds of material.

This week’s handout: 29-30 Aharei Mot-Kedoshim 5780

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