Posts Tagged ‘Nahmanides’

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

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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Lech Lecha 5779

October 16, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 14th, 2018

Gen. 12:2

I will make of you a great nation,

And I will bless you;

I will make your name great,

And you shall be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you

And curse him that curses you;

And all the families of the earth

Shall bless themselves by you.”

What is Gen 12:3 really saying — and what is the bigger issue? 

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Bereshit 5779

October 2, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of September 30th, 2018

Gen. 1:1

  When God began to createa heaven and earth— 2 the earth being תֹ֨הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind fromb God sweeping over the water— 3 God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, a first day.c

What does תֹ֨הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ mean? 

NJPS:              unformed and void

KJV:                without form, and void

NRSV:             a formless void

LXX:              ἀόρατος καὶ ἀκατασκεύαστος  [“invisible and not properly prepared”]

Everett Fox:    wild and waste

Jack Sasson:    “Hodgepodge” [“Time … to Begin,” in Sha’arei Talmon,188]

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Nitzavim 5778

September 4, 2018

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

Deut. 29:27  “The LORD uprooted them from their soil in anger, fury, and great wrath, and cast them into another land, as is still the case [כיום הזה].”

Why is the ל so big?  What does “as is still the case” mean?  “The LORD uprooted them” points us to an answer

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Ki Tavo 5778

August 28, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 26th, 2018

Deut. 28:51 … leaving you nothing of new grain, wine, or oil [דגן תירוש ויצהר]

What are these three unusual words?  Why doesn’t this expression use the normal words for wine [יין] or oil [שמן]?

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