Posts Tagged ‘Nahmanides’

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


Emor 5777

May 9, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 7th, 2017

Lev. 23:42 You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens [אזרח] in Israel shall live in booths.

Rashi: All citizens in Israel. All citizens, and all those in Israel, including converts. [But is Rashi correct?]

This week’s handout:  31 Emor 5777


Vayikra 5777

March 28, 2017

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

Why does Lev 2:11 have two different words for “leaven” — and what’s wrong with leaven to begin with?

Lev. 2:11

No meal offering that you offer to the Lord shall be made with leaven [חמץ], for no leaven [שאר] or honey may be turned into smoke as an offering by fire to the Lord.

Nahmanides:  … Or perhaps there is some mystery in all of this that escapes us.

This week’s handout:  24 Vayikra 5777


Ki Tisa 5777

March 14, 2017

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

What were the Israelites really doing when they worshipped the Golden Calf?

Rashbam:        Could they really be so foolish as not to understand that this calf, which had just been created, had not brought them out of Egypt? Of course not. All idolaters know that our God in heaven created the world. Their mistake was made because idols have in them an unclean spirit, just as the prophets have in them a holy spirit.

This week’s handout:  21 Ki Tisa 5777


Hayyei Sarah 5777

November 22, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 20th, 2016

Who are the Hittites?

And what are they doing in Hebron?

This week’s handout:  05-hayyei-sarah-5777


Lech Lecha 5777

November 8, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 6th, 2016

Who are the Amorites?

And why do they stand in for all the Canaanites?

This week’s handout:  03-lech-lecha-5777


Ki Tetze 5776

September 13, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of September 11th, 2016

Do Deut 24:8 and Deut 24:9 — “Remember what the LORD did to Miriam” — go together, or don’t they?

This week’s handout:  49-ki-tetze-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


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


Metzora 5776

April 12, 2016

Israel’s medical priesthood.

This week’s handout:  28 Metzora 5776