Posts Tagged ‘Rashi’

Aharei Mot 5779

April 30, 2019

Why is the prohibition of offering your children to Molech in a chapter full of sex crimes?

Torah Talk for the week of April 28th, 2019

Lev 18:21         Do not allow any of your offspring to be offered up to Molech [ומזרעך לא-תתן להעביר למולך], and do not profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

This week’s handout: 29 Aharei Mot 5779

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Metzora 5779

April 9, 2019

Why does the priest smear blood on the leper’s ear, thumb, and toe?

Torah Talk for the week of April 7th, 2019

Lev 14:14    The priest shall take some of the blood of the guilt offering, and the priest shall put it on the ridge of the right ear of him who is being cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot.

This week’s handout: 28 Metzora 5779

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Shemini 5779

March 26, 2019

This is Torah Talk for the week of March 24th, 2019

Lev 9:1       On the eighth day Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel. 2 He said to Aaron: “Take a calf of the herd for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and bring them before the Lord. 3 And speak to the Israelites, saying: Take a he-goat for a sin offering; a calf and a lamb, yearlings without blemish, for a burnt offering; 4 and an ox and a ram for an offering of well-being to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meal offering with oil mixed in. For today the LORD will appear [נראה] to you.”

But the Hebrew is more mysterious than the translations make it appear.

This week’s handout: 26 Shemini 5779

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Vayakhel 5779

February 26, 2019

This is Torah Talk for the week of February 24th, 2019

Exod 38:8  He made the laver of copper and its stand of copper, from the mirrors of the women who performed tasks [הצבאת] at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.

Who exactly are these women … what are they doing … why is the laver made from these mirrors … and how did Moses get them?

This week’s handout: 22 Vayakhel 5779

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Terumah 5779

February 5, 2019

This is Torah Talk for the week of February 3rd, 2019

Exod. 25:16   And deposit in the Ark [the tablets of] the Pact [העדות] which I will give you.

What is an edut [עדות], and why did God want them put in the Ark?

This week’s handout:  19 Terumah 5779

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Mishpatim 5779

January 29, 2019

This is Torah Talk for the week of January 27th, 2019

Exod. 24:4    Early in the morning, he set up an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve pillars for [ל] the twelve tribes of Israel.  [Apologies; on the recording I say by mistake that this preposition is על.]

Exod. 24:8   Moses took the blood and dashed it on the people …

What were the pillars for, and what was Moses doing with the blood?

This week’s handout:  18 mishpatim 5779

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Yitro 5779

January 22, 2019

This is Torah Talk for the week of January 20th, 2019

Exod. 18:13  Next day, Moses sat as magistrate among the people, while the people stood about Moses from morning until evening.

Exod. 21:1           These are the rules that you shall set before them.

What was Moses ruling on in chapter 18?

This week’s handout:  17 yitro 5779

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Shemot 5779

December 25, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of December 23rd, 2018

Exod. 3:11  But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and free the Israelites from Egypt?”

How many questions is Moses asking — one or two?

This week’s handout:  13 Shemot 5779

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Hayyei Sarah 5779

October 30, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 28th, 2018

Gen. 25:5  Abraham willed all that he owned to Isaac; 6 but to Abraham’s sons by concubines Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and he sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the East.

Wait … what exactly is a concubine? 

This week’s handout:  05 Hayyei Sarah 5779

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Lech Lecha 5779

October 16, 2018

This is Torah Talk for the week of October 14th, 2018

Gen. 12:2

I will make of you a great nation,

And I will bless you;

I will make your name great,

And you shall be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you

And curse him that curses you;

And all the families of the earth

Shall bless themselves by you.”

What is Gen 12:3 really saying — and what is the bigger issue? 

This week’s handout:  03 Lech Lecha 5779
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