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Va’era 5778

January 9, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of January 7th, 2018

Ex. 7:10  Moses and Aaron came before Pharaoh and did just as the Lord had commanded:

Aaron cast down his rod in the presence of Pharaoh and his courtiers, and it turned into a serpent [תנין].

But in Exod 4:3, we were told it was going to be a nahash, not a tannin.  What’s the difference?  (Hint: It’s bigger than you think!)

This week’s handout:  14 Va’era 5778

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Vayehi 5778

December 26, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of December 24th, 2017

Gen. 49:14

Issachar is a strong-boned ass,

Crouching among the sheepfolds.

15 When he saw how good was security,

And how pleasant was the country,

He bent his shoulder to the burden,

And became a toiling serf [מס עובד].

What exactly is a מס עובד … why does it mean “a toiling serf” … and why would Jacob “bless” his son this way?

This week’s handout:  12 Vayehi 5778

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חזק חזק ונתחזק! and Happy New Year to everyone!

Vayigash 5778

December 19, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of December 17th, 2017

Gen. 47:20  So Joseph gained possession of all the farm land of Egypt for Pharaoh, every Egyptian having sold his field because the famine was too much for them; thus the land passed over to Pharaoh.  21 And he removed the population town by town, [meaning of Hebrew uncertain] from one end of Egypt’s border to the other.

Is it העביר אתו לערים (MT) …

         העביר אתו לעבדים (Samaritan) …

    or העביד אתו לעבדים (the presumed original of the Greek text)?

This week’s handout:  11 Vayigash 5778

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Miketz 5778

December 12, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of December 10th, 2017 

Gen 42:9 Joseph said to them, “You are spies!”

Gen 42:14 Joseph said to them, “You are spies!”

Gen 42:16 Joseph said to them, “You are spies!”  (Chill out, Joe.)

What made Joseph insist on accusing his brothers of being spies?

This week’s handout:  10 Miketz 5778

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Happy Hanukkah to all!

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

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Hayyei Sarah 5778

November 7, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 5th, 2017 

Gen. 23:1  Sarah’s lifetime—the span of Sarah’s life—came to one hundred and twenty-seven years.

2 Sarah died in Kiriath-arba—now Hebron—in the land of Canaan.

What does Kiriath-arba mean, and why does Hebron have two names?

This week’s handout:  05 Hayyei Sarah 5778

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Vayera 5778

October 31, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 29th, 2017 

Gen. 20:14            Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves, and gave them to Abraham; and he restored his wife Sarah to him. 15 And Abimelech said, “Here, my land is before you; settle wherever you please.” 16 And to Sarah he said, “I herewith give your brother a thousand pieces of silver; this will serve you as vindication before all who are with you, and you are cleared before everyone.”

HOW MUCH IS 1,000 PIECES OF SILVER?

This week’s handout:  04 Vayera 5778

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Lech Lecha 5778

October 24, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 22nd, 2017 

Gen 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of the Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou goest unto Zoar.

This week’s handout:  03 Lech Lecha 5778

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Noach 5778

October 17, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 15th, 2017 

Gen. 11:7 Let us, then, go down and confound [ונבלה] their speech there

Gen. 11:9 That is why it was called Babel [בבל]

there the Lord confounded [בלל] the speech of the whole earth

This week’s handout: 02 Noach 5778

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