Posts Tagged ‘Masorah’

Vayishlach 5778

November 28, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 26th, 2017

Gen 33:10 But Jacob said, “No, I pray you; if you would do me this favor, accept from me this gift; for to see your face is like seeing the face of God, and you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept my present which has been brought to you, for God has favored me and I have plenty.”

The crucial difference between “this gift” and “my present.”

This week’s handout:  08 Vayishlach 5778


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Toledot 5778

November 14, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 12th, 2017 

Gen. 25:24 When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. 25 The

first one emerged red, like a hairy mantle all over; so they named him Esau. 26 Then his brother

emerged, holding on to the heel of Esau; so they named him Jacob.

Jacob’s name makes sense (in Hebrew) — but Esau’s doesn’t.  What’s up?

This week’s handout:  06 Toledot 5778


V’zot ha-Bracha 5777-78

October 3, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 1st, 2017 

מימינו אשדת למו

Deut. 33:2

The Lord came from Sinai;

He shone upon them from Seir;

He appeared from Mount Paran,

And approached from Ribeboth-kodesh,

Lightning flashing at them from His right.b

b Meaning of Heb. mimino eshdath uncertain, perhaps a place name.

Masorah:      This is one of 15 cases where the written text has a single word that is to be read out loud as two words.

This week’s handout:  54 V’zot ha-Bracha 5777-78


Shelach Lecha 5777

June 13, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 11th, 2017

Num. 15:30        But the person, be he citizen or stranger, who acts defiantly [ביד רמה] reviles the Lord; that person shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he has spurned the word of the Lord and violated His commandment, that person shall be cut off—he bears his guilt.

Rashi: Literally, “with a high hand”—deliberately rather than inadvertently.

This week’s handout:  37 Shelach Lecha 5777


See a picture of the “upraised hands” I mention in the podcast here.

And one from 2011 (1,000th coaching victory):