Posts Tagged ‘Nahmanides’

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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Nitzavim 5781

August 31, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 29th, 2021

Deut. 29:9

You stand this day, all of you, before the Lord your God—your tribal heads, your elders and your officials [רָאשֵׁיכֶ֣ם שִׁבְטֵיכֶ֗ם זִקְנֵיכֶם֙ וְשֹׁ֣טְרֵיכֶ֔ם], all the men of Israel.

Who are the “tribal heads” and how can “your heads and your tribes” mean that — or does it?

This week’s handout:  51 Nitzavim 5781

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Ki Tetze 5781

August 17, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 15th, 2021

Deut. 25:5   When brothers dwell together and one of them dies and leaves no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married to a stranger, outside the family. Her husband’s brother shall unite with her: he shall take her as his wife and perform the levir’s duty.

What exactly is a “levir’s” duty?  Someone in the book of Ruth (who shall remain nameless) is about to find out.

This week’s handout: 49 Ki Tetze 5781

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Va-etchanan 5781

July 20, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 18th, 2021

Deut. 5:23/26    For what mortal ever heard the voice of the living God [אֱלֹהִ֨ים חַיִּ֜ים] speak out of the fire, as we did, and lived?

What does the living God mean?  Why is living plural?  And exactly which verse are we talking about anyway?  All that and more on Torah Talk this week.

This week’s handout: 45 Va-etchanan 5781

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Hukkat 5781

June 15, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 13th, 2021

Num. 20:13 Those are the Waters of Meribah—meaning that the Israelites quarrelled with the Lord—through which He affirmed His sanctity [וַיִּקָּדֵ֖שׁ בָּֽם].
This week’s handout: 39 Hukkat 5781

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Korah 5781

June 8, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 6th, 2021

Num. 16:13   Is it not enough that you brought us from a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, that you would also lord it over us?

What do you mean, from a land flowing with milk and honey?  And did you really mean honey?  And did you really even mean milk?  Idan Dershowitz doesn’t think so.

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Shelach Lecha 5781

June 1, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 30th, 2021

Num. 15:39   That shall be your fringe; look at it and recall all the commandments of the Lord and observe them, so that you do not follow your heart and eyes in your lustful urge.

But Ecclesiastes begs to differ.

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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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Naso 5781

May 18, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 16th, 2021

In Numbers 5, God tells Moses, When a man or woman commits any wrong toward a fellow man, thus breaking faith with the Lord, and that person realizes his guilt, he shall confess the wrong that he has done. He shall make restitution in the principal amount and add one-fifth to it, giving it to him whom he has wronged.

Don Isaac Abarbanel asks, “Since the same passage is also found in Leviticus 5, why is it repeated?

Good question, Don Isaac!

This week’s handout: 35 Naso 5781

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Ki Tisa 5781

March 2, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of February 28th, 2021

Ex. 34:28    And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he ate no bread and drank no water; and he wrote down on the tablets the terms of the covenant, the Ten Commandments [עֲשֶׂ֖רֶת הַדְּבָרִֽים].

Wait, what?  Didn’t we get the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20?  But the name isn’t found there — it doesn’t occur until here.  What’s going on?

This week’s handout: 21 Ki Tisa 5781

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