Posts Tagged ‘Rashbam’

Ki Tavo 5781

August 24, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 22nd, 2021

Deut. 28:36    The Lord will drive you, and the king you have set over you, to a nation unknown to you or your fathers, where you shall serve other gods, of wood and stone. 37 You shall be a consternation, a proverb, and a byword [לְשַׁמָּ֔ה לְמָשָׁ֖ל וְלִשְׁנִינָ֑ה] among all the peoples to which the Lord will drive you.

What is a “byword”?  Therein lies a tale — a cautionary tale.

This week’s handout: 50 Ki Tavo 5781

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Devarim 5781

July 13, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 11th, 2021

Deut. 1:41   You all girded yourselves with war gear and recklessly started [‏וַתָּהִ֖ינוּ לַעֲלֹ֥ת] for the hill country.

What on God’s green earth does va-tahinu mean?  And why does Numbers describe what the Israelites did with an almost as unusual a verb, va-ta’apilu?

This week’s handout: 44 Devarim 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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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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Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781

March 9, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of March 7th, 2021

Ex. 35:25 And all the skilled women [חכמת-לב] spun with their own hands, and brought what they had spun [מטוה], in blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and in fine linen.

“What they had spun” is a single word in Hebrew — a word that sounds an awful lot like what Moses wore over his face in the previous chapter.

This week’s handout: 22-23 Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781

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Terumah 5781

February 16, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of February 14, 2021

Ex. 26:31 You shall make a curtain [פָרֹ֗כֶת] of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine twisted linen; it shall have a design of cherubim worked into it.

It seems obvious that פרכת must mean curtain, but as Abraham ibn Ezra tells us, this word does not occur outside the description of the Tabernacle — with one exception.

This week’s handout: 19 Terumah 5781

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Bo 5781

January 19, 2021

This is Torah Talk for the week of January 17th 2021

Exod. 10:21       Then the Lord said to Moses, “Hold out your arm toward the sky that there may be darkness upon the land of Egypt, a darkness that can be touched.” 22 Moses held out his arm toward the sky and thick darkness descended upon all the land of Egypt for three days.

Why was there darkness for three days? And … was this the 9th plague of 10, or the 1st of 7?

This week’s handout: 15 Bo 5781

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Miketz 5781

December 15, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of December 13th, 2020

Gen. 44:9     Whichever of your servants it is found with shall die; the rest of us, moreover, shall become slaves to my lord.”  10 He replied, “Although what you are proposing is right [גַּם־עַתָּ֥ה כְדִבְרֵיכֶ֖ם כֶּן־ה֑וּא], only the one with whom it is found shall be my slave; but the rest of you shall go free.”

What does this puzzling text mean — and what makes the commentators respond to this situation so differently?

This week’s handout: 10 Miketz 5781

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Vayishlach 5781

December 1, 2020

This is Torah Talk for the week of November 29th, 2020

Gen. 32:20       Jacob set up an altar there and called it El-elohe-yisrael.

What does this name mean … and why would you name an altar?

This week’s handout: 08 Vayishlach 5781

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