Posts Tagged ‘Rashi’

Korah 5777

June 20, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 18th, 2017

“Now Dathan and Abiram had come out and they stood at the entrance of their tents, with their wives, their children, and their little ones.”  And they’d better watch their step!  (Especially the little ones.)

This week’s handout:  38 Korah 5777

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Shelach Lecha 5777

June 13, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of June 11th, 2017

Num. 15:30        But the person, be he citizen or stranger, who acts defiantly [ביד רמה] reviles the Lord; that person shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he has spurned the word of the Lord and violated His commandment, that person shall be cut off—he bears his guilt.

Rashi: Literally, “with a high hand”—deliberately rather than inadvertently.

This week’s handout:  37 Shelach Lecha 5777

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See a picture of the “upraised hands” I mention in the podcast here.

And one from 2011 (1,000th coaching victory):

Behar-Behukkotai 5777

May 16, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 14th, 2017

Why does Lev 26:42 list the patriarchs in reverse order?  A symposium.

Bonus:  Rashi explains why the NJPS translation is wrong.

Lev. 26:42 Then will I remember My covenant with Jacob; I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham; and I will remember the land.

This week’s handout:  32-33 Behar-Behukkotai 5777

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Emor 5777

May 9, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of May 7th, 2017

Lev. 23:42 You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens [אזרח] in Israel shall live in booths.

Rashi: All citizens in Israel. All citizens, and all those in Israel, including converts. [But is Rashi correct?]

This week’s handout:  31 Emor 5777

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Tzav 5777

April 4, 2017

This is Torah Talk for the week of April 2nd, 2017

Is holiness contagious?  The real meaning of Lev 6:11.

Bonus:  “One of the best left-handed compliments in the history of Jewish Bible commentaries .”

This week’s handout:  25 Tzav 5777

Marty Lockshin, “Is Holiness Contagious?” on thetorah.com

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Happy Passover to all!  Reminder: no podcast next week, when we are reading the holiday portion on Shabbat; the podcast will be back the week after, with Parshat Shemini.

 

Noach 5777

November 1, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 30th, 2016

What are the “one” words that the people who build the Tower of Babel had?
And why doesn’t the story say that they spoke a single “tongue”?

 

This weeks’ handout:  02-noach-5777

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Ki Tetze 5776

September 13, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of September 11th, 2016

Do Deut 24:8 and Deut 24:9 — “Remember what the LORD did to Miriam” — go together, or don’t they?

This week’s handout:  49-ki-tetze-5776

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Ekev 5776

August 23, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 21st, 2016

What are “the early rain” and “the late rain”?
And why does Hebrew have so many words for rain?

This week’s handout:  46 Ekev 5776

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Va-etchanan 5776

August 16, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of August 14th, 2016

What does it mean to “write these words ON the doorposts of your house and IN your gates”?

This week’s handout:  45 Va-etchanan 5776

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More information on the Samaritan Pentateuch from David Glatt-Gilad, in his article “Reimagining the Israelite-Edomite Encounter“.

For an introduction to the Samaritan Pentateuch, see Robert T. Anderson and Terry Giles, The Samaritan Pentateuch: An Introduction to Its Origin, History, and Significance for Biblical Studies (Atlanta: SBL, 2012). For more examples of this exegetical technique in the Samaritan Pentateuch, see J. H. Tigay, “Conflation as a Redactional Technique,” in Empirical Models for Biblical Criticism (ed. J. H. Tigay; Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985), pp. 53–95. For an edition of the SP, see Abraham Tal and Moses Florentine, The Five Books of the Torah: Samaritan Text and Masoretic Text (Tel Aviv University Press, 2010). For an English translation of the SP, with a consciously Samaritan flavor, see: Benyamim Tsedaka (translator and editor) and Sharon Sullivan (co-editor), The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah: First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version (Eerdmans, 2013).

Mattot-Masei 5776

August 2, 2016

This is Torah Talk for the week of July 31st, 2016

The recap of the Israelites’ wilderness itinerary once again follows Aaron’s death with a mention of the King of Arad. Why?

This week’s handout:  42-43 Mattot-Masei 5776

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