Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
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שיעורי טקסט Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Intractable Question: Why Did Yosef Not Send Word to his Father?
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur Yosef's Behavior in the Encounter with his Brothers - Part II In our shiur on Parashat Miketz, we proposed three factors that explain Yosef's behavior towards his brothers throughout the two encounters between them following the long years of separation.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Vayigash: Descent to Egypt In this week’s parasha, the Torah describes the descent of “Yaakov” and “Yisrael” to Egypt. We will examine the significance of the appearance of these two names in the context of the transition of Yaakov’s family to life in Egypt.
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Priests of Egypt and the Kohanim of Israel
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman Yehuda vs. Tamar as Background to Yehuda vs. Yosef We gain insight into the confrontation between Yehuda and Yosef if we read it in light of the story of Yehuda and Tamar...
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur The transition from "He gave them a possession… in the best part of the land" to "and they subjugated them and afflicted them" When God forges the Covenant Between the Parts with Avraham, He tells him of a future situation of foreignness, subjugation, and slavery.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Numbering the Years of Life In this shiur, we explore the first verse of the parasha – “And the days of Yaakov, the years of his life, [were] seven years and forty and a hundred years” (28:28). We will compare this formula to the parallel accounts concerning Avraham and Yitzchak, and expose the discrepancies between them. We focus on two main issues: an understanding of the status of “days,” as opposed to “years,” and the form in which the number of years is formulated. These differences invite the reader into the world of the characters involved and to understand something of the spiritual path and the inner movement of each of them. This offers a different view of lives of the forefathers.
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman Vayechi Yaakov - Vayechi Yosef
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Birth of a Leader The Torah includes two stories that describe the early part of Moshe's life. The first (Shemot 2:1-10) documents his birth and the circumstances through which he comes to Pharaoh's house; the second (ibid. 10-22) describes him going out to his brethren, the move to Yitro's home, his marriage to Tzippora, and his stay in Midian until the birth of his son.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yair Kahn The Missing Years In Parashat Shemot, we are introduced to the main Biblical figure, Moshe Rabbeinu.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Moshe Aberman Shemot
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yair Kahn Of Kings and Prophets Parashat Vaera is rich with topics that are profound as well as fascinating.
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Two Consecrations of Moshe There are two accounts of Moshe's consecration because he plays two roles...
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Love and Freedom in the Redemption from Egypt Rav Shimon Klein God tells Moshe that He is God, that He remembers the Patriarchs and the covenant regarding the land of Canaan, that He has heard the groaning of the Children of Israel, and that He remembers the covenant.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein "From Ra'amses to Sukkot" You shall dwell in sukkot for seven days... In these verses, Am Yisrael is commanded to dwell in sukkot.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elchanan Samet Moshe's Deceit in his Negotiations with Pharaoh The temptation to make the Torah conform to the values of one's surrounding society has on many occasions led exegetes to distort the meaning of the text. The opening parshiot of Sefer Shemot (from Shemot until Beshalach) present classic instances of this phenomenon, for they contain three instances of Israel deceiving the Egyptians. Moreover, each case of deception is mandated by God!
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Cloud In this shiur we shall address a certain aspect of God's revelation in the world, as described in Tanakh.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur "You were Rebellious" or "The Kindness of Your Youth"
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Two Models of Leadership What was the nature of Moshe's leadership? To what degree did he exercise his own discretion? What degree of responsibility did he bear?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yair Kahn The Final Showdown Parashat Beshalach documents the dramatic events of keriat Yam Suf, the splitting of the Red Sea.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The "Way Of The Land Of The Philistines"
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman “When the Shofar Sounds, Ascend the Mountain”
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot The Dual Revelation at Sinai What is so special about the Ten Commandments? An examination of Sefer Shemot reveals that the revelation, in fact, had two distinct goals.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yair Kahn Parashat Yitro: Moshe Rabbeinu and Matan Torah In this week's parasha, immediately prior to the Asseret Ha-dibbrot (Ten Commandments), an enigmatic dialogue is recorded (19:21-25). Hashem orders Moshe to warn the nation not to attempt to catch a glimpse of Hashem.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur "And He Prostrated Himself, and He Kissed Him" Ambiguity in the Encounter between Moshe and Yitro
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Derekh Eretz Precedes the Torah In our parasha, Yitro comes to the Israelite camp, and there he finds Moshe, a lone individual, sitting in judgment from morning to night over the entire nation.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Elyakim Krumbein Compulsory Love "And they stood at the foot of the mountain" - Said R. Avdimi bar Chama bar Chasa: This teaches us that the Holy One held the mountain over them like an inverted tub and said, "If you accept the Torah, then fine; but if not, I will bury you here." Said R. Acha bar Yaakov: This serves notice that the Torah was accepted under duress [and thus, ostensibly, is not legally binding]. (Shabbat 88a)
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Akeda and the Covenant at the Basins
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein "If You Encounter Your Enemy's Ox" What does the Torah have to do with social contracts? What does the Torah have to do with relativistic moral laws that are dependent upon the social structure within which a community operates? I
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yair Kahn Build for Me A Sanctuary When Did Hashem Command Moshe to Build the Mishkan?