Posts Tagged ‘Rashi’

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


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


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


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


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


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


Korah 5776

July 5, 2016

How were Moses and Samuel alike?
And who else was like Moses?

This week’s handout:  38 Korah 5776


Behukkotai 5776

May 31, 2016

What is Lev 26:3 really asking the Israelites to do?  It depends how you read the verse.

This week’s handout:  33 Behukkotai 5776


Behar 5776

May 24, 2016

What does it mean to be someone’s slave “in perpetuity”?

This week’s handout:  32 Behar 5776


Aharei Mot 5776

May 3, 2016

What kind of man do you need to take a scapegoat from Jerusalem out to “the wilderness”?

This week’s handout:  29 Aharei Mot 5776