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Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
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שיעורי טקסט Rav Chanoch Waxman For God is not a Man...(23:19): On Blessing and Betrayal at the Plains of Moav At the end of their forty year journey through the desert, the Children of Israel finally arrived at the last stop. The final verse of Parashat Chukat informs us that the people encamped on the Plains of Moav, just on the other side of the Jordan River from the city of Jericho (21:35). While their wanderings have ended and the stage has been set for entering into the land, much will yet occur before the crossing of the Jordan.
שיעורי טקסט Rabbanit Sharon Rimon Morality in Sexual Relations and the Land, Impurity and Sanctity
שיעורי אודיו Rav Yair Kahn Parashat Pekudei - Let Us Sanctify His Name in the World In light of this year's division of Vayakhel-Pekudei, read together as a double parasha on non-leap years, what is the relationship between the Mishkan and the priestly garments?
שיעורי אודיו Rav Yair Kahn Parshat Ki Tisa - From the Egel to the Second Luchot Unlike the sin of the spies, the sin of the golden calf was largely forgiven. What was the reason for this change in God's approach to our sins, and how can we apply this dichotomy to other points in the history of the people of Israel?
שיעורי אודיו Rav Yair Kahn Parshat Metzora - The Purification Process What is the thematic connection between Tazria and Metzora, and how does this connection manifest itself in the specific types of tum'a discussed in these parshiyot?
שיעורי אודיו Rav Yair Kahn Parshat Tazria, The Lessons of Tum'a The laws of tum'a detailed in Parashat Tazria and Metzora are strategically placed in the book of Vayikra between the episode of Nadav and Avihu and the commandment of the Yom Kippur service. What can this unusual placement teach us about the proper balance of emotions that a person must display when approaching God?
שיעורי אודיו Rav Yair Kahn Parshat Vayakhel, More Than Repetition Aside from a few subtle distinctions, much of the Torah's description of the Mishkan's construction in Parashat Vayakhel seems to constitute an exact repetition of Parashat Teruma. What is the reason for this apparent repetition, and what can the two parallel accounts tell us about different ways of relating to religious life?
שיעורי אודיו Rav Yair Kahn Parshat Vayikra, Not Leviticus It is difficult to understand how the book of Vayikra, known as Torat Kohanim, fits into the broader context of the Torah's narrative. What purpose does Vayikra serve at this juncture in the Torah, and how do its lessons apply to Kohanim and non-Kohanim alike?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parashat Miketz - The Meaning of Yosef's Estrangement The Torah's description of Yosef's evolving relationship with his family contains many unusual and inexplicable elements. How can understanding Yosef's mindset and mentality throughout his harrowing narrative help explain many of these incongruences?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Beshalach - The Wanderings of Benei Yisrael in the Desert
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Bo - This Month Shall Be for You The Jewish dating system in common use today bears little resemblance to the system used in the Tanakh, whose roots can be found in this week's parasha. What is the history behind this discrepancy, and how should this inform our choice of dating system today?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Chayei Sara, Ketura What is the connection between the rabbinic dispute over the identity of Ketura and the people of Israel's covenantal claim to the Greater Land of Israel, between the Nile and the Euphrates?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Lekh Lekha - Berit Bein HaBetarim: The Covenant between the Parts While the Covenant between the Parts is mostly remembered for God's promise that Avraham's descendants will become a great nation, it also promises that they will endure slavery and suffering in Egypt. What is behind Chazal's varied approaches to the reason Avraham deserved such a harsh punishment?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Mishpatim - Murdering with Guile What is the meaning of the unique fate the Torah assigns to the person who murders with guile, and how does the Tanakh's account of Yoav and his punishment fit this model?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Noach, Then I Shall Bring Upon the Nations a Clear Language What is the connection between the colorful midrashim about the Tower of Bavel and various stories from other place in the Tanakh?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Shemot - They Were Fruitful and Multiplied The number of years that the people of Israel were enslaved in Egypt is subject to debate among the commentators. What can the answer to this question tell us about the incredible growth of the nation in Egypt from seventy souls to a vast multitude?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Teruma - The Mishkan and the Tent What can examining the respective roles of the Mishkan and the tent covering it teach us about the dual nature of the people of Israel's relationship with God?.
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Toldot - Esav's Merit Chazal's portrayal of Esav as a wicked murderer does not quite match the relatively mild description of Esav in the actual text of the Torah. How can we explain this discrepancy, and what does it mean for us today?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Vaera - I Shall Harden Pharaoh's Heart What does it mean when God "hardens the heart" of a sinner in the Tanakh - as He did to Pharaoh in Egypt - and how can a person be held accountable for his sins in such a case?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Vayechi - Rachel's Death and Burial What is the reason for Rachel's unique, eternal role in our tradition, and how does this connect to the perennial dispute over the location of her burial site?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Vayera - The Way of God and the Way of Righteousness and Justice How can examining the events of Sedom help us understand Avraham's complicated relationship with God's will on the one hand and the values of righteousness and justice on the other?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Vayeshev - From the Valley of Chevron to the Valley of Dotan: In the Footsteps of Yosef and the Midrash What can Yosef's journey to find his brothers - and Chazal's commentary on this journey - teach us about the intricate interpersonal relationships at play in this episode?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Vayetze - Beit El Beit El plays a critical role in Parashat Vayetze, and indeed, in several places throughout the Tanakh. What can Beit El's location and its relationship with Jerusalem tell us about its sanctity and its significance for the people of Israel?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Vayigash - Yosef and Yehuda The respective narratives of Yehuda and Yosef contain several clear parallels. What does the Torah's attitude toward these two brothers teach us about the quality of leadership throughout the history of the nation of Israel?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Vayishlach - Anyone Who Says Reuven Sinned Our Sages were torn over whether the incident between Reuven and Bilha was a terrible sin or a minor misdemeanor. What can our analysis of the incident teach us about Reuven's role in his interactions with his various family members and about his legacy as a would-be leader of the nation of Israel?
שיעורי אודיו Harav Yaakov Medan Parshat Yitro What was the precise nature of Yitro's involvement with the people of Israel's nascent legal system, and what role did his advice actually play in guiding Moshe's judicial policy?
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur Moral Sins and Heresy from Adam until the Flood The first parasha of Sefer Bereishit deals with the cosmo-political events of Creation.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yair Kahn Parashat Bereishit: Man and Nature Volumes have been written about the opening chapter of the Torah, which describes the creation of the universe. Some refer to "the Biblical theory of creation," and present it as an alternative to "scientific" theories, such as "the theory of evolution."
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Studies in the Stories of Creation “How should a book start?” is a question that many authors pose to themselves, and then invest considerable thought in finding a proper answer.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Reuven Taragin Toldot Ha-shamayim Ve-ha'aretz: Man's Sins Transform the World