Posts Tagged ‘Nahmanides’

Korah 5779

July 2, 2019

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 30th, 2019

Who is the head of the tribe of Levi?  Turns out, it’s … Aaron.  But this time the tribes are “ancestral houses.”

This week’s handout: 38 Korah 5779

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Beha’alotcha 5779

June 18, 2019

Take the Levites … please.  What is the big insistence on “taking” the Levites all about?

Torah Talk for the week of June 16th, 2019

Num 8:5  The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 6 Take the Levites from among the Israelites and cleanse them.

This week’s handout:  36 Beha’alotcha 5779

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Naso 5779

June 11, 2019

When did the Levites start work?

Torah Talk for the week of June 9th, 2019

Num 4 :30  You shall record them from the age of thirty years up to the age of fifty, all who are subject to service in the performance of the duties for the Tent of Meeting.

Num 8:24  This is the rule for the Levites. From twenty-five years of age up they shall participate in the work force in the service of the Tent of Meeting.

1 Chr 23:24   These are the sons of Levi by clans, with their clan chiefs as they were enrolled, with a list of their names by heads, who did the work of the service of the House of the LORD from the age of twenty and upward.

This week’s handout:  35 Naso 5779

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Behar 5779

May 21, 2019

What is a hendiadys … what is a toshav … and what do they have to do with each other?

Torah Talk for the week of May 19th, 2019

Lev 25:35    a resident alien [גר ותושב]

Lev 25:40    a hired or bound laborer [תושב ושכיר]

This week’s handout:  32 Behar 5779

And note Joram Mayshar’s article in JBL 2014:

The term תושב (toshav) appears in the Bible fourteen times, mostly in passages associated with the Holiness Code (H). It is typically interpreted as referring to an alien who resides in a foreign country on a long-term basis. I propose, instead, that it had an economic meaning, referring to “a rent-paying (farming) tenant,” that is, someone who cultivates land that he does not own and pays rent to the landlord. In the course of supporting this interpretation, I offer a framework for understanding the social structure envisioned by H and for appreciating H’s innovative social aspirations.

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Kedoshim 5779

May 7, 2019

Why is the prohibition of offering your children to Molech repeated in Leviticus 20?

Torah Talk for the week of May 5th, 2019

Lev 20:2          Anyone among the Israelites, or among the strangers residing in Israel, who gives any of his offspring to Molech [אשר יתן מזרעו למולך],shall be put to death; the people of the land shall pelt him with stones.

This week’s handout: 30 Kedoshim 5779

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Aharei Mot 5779

April 30, 2019

Why is the prohibition of offering your children to Molech in a chapter full of sex crimes?

Torah Talk for the week of April 28th, 2019

Lev 18:21         Do not allow any of your offspring to be offered up to Molech [ומזרעך לא-תתן להעביר למולך], and do not profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

This week’s handout: 29 Aharei Mot 5779

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Tazria 5779

April 2, 2019

Why does becoming completely leprous make you “pure”?

Torah Talk for the week of March 31st, 2019

Lev 13:12      If the eruption spreads out over the skin so that it covers all the skin of the affected person from head to foot, wherever the priest can see— 13 if the priest sees that the eruption has covered the whole body—he shall pronounce the affected person clean; he is clean, for he has turned all white.

This week’s handout: 27 Tazria 5779

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Miketz 5779

December 4, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of December 2nd, 2018

Gen. 43:3  Judah said to him, “The man warned us, a‘Do not let me see your facesunless your brother is with you.’ 4 If you will let our brother go with us, we will go down and procure food for you; 5 but if you will not let him go, we will not go down, for the man said to us, a‘Do not let me see your facesunless your brother is with you.’”      aLit. “Do not see my face.”

What is the big deal about seeing Joseph’s face?

This week’s handout:  10 Miketz 5779

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Vayeshev 5779

November 27, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 25th, 2018

Gen. 38:1 About that time Judah left his brothers and camped near a certain Adullamite whose

name was Hirah. 2 There Judah saw the daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua …

Is Shua the father’s name or the daughter’s name?

Was he really a Canaanite?

What does Shua mean, anyway?

It all matters because 1 Chr 3:5 calls Solomon’s mother not Bathsheba, but … Bathshua.

This week’s handout:  09 Vayeshev 5779

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Hayyei Sarah 5779

October 30, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 28th, 2018

Gen. 25:5  Abraham willed all that he owned to Isaac; 6 but to Abraham’s sons by concubines Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and he sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the East.

Wait … what exactly is a concubine? 

This week’s handout:  05 Hayyei Sarah 5779

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