The Weekly Midrash
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שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Shelach: “And You Shall See it and Remember" The Sifrei's famous tale of the student saved from sin by the mitzva of tzitzit offers a fascinating insight into the Midrashic conceptualization of the senses of sight and hearing.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Korach: “I Am Your Portion and Your Inheritance” At the halfway point of the Book of Bamidbar, it is time to consider what themes and messages we can discern in the MIdrashic literature on it. Why are some pivotal stories ignored and obscure subjects explored?
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Chukat: The Unreported Miracles The aggadic re-interpretation of three seemingly mundane stories in Parashat Chukat injects a miraculous element into these accounts of Israel's last days of wandering in the wilderness - and its first steps towards maturity and independence.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Balak: “And Yisrael Abode in Shittim” The Sifrei on Parashat Balak focuses on the Sin of Baal Peor. Who is at fault, and what relevance does this disaster from three-and-a-half millennia ago have for the modern Jew's encounter with Western culture?
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Pinchas The Juxtaposition of Parashiyot Parashat Pinchas covers a dizzying array of topics, but the Sifrei maintains that the entirety of the Torah portion conveys an important message.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Matot: The War Against Midian The Sifrei expands on the outstanding moral fiber of the select soldiers who wage war on Midian, but why is this so important for future generations?
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Devarim: Words of Rebuke As we enter the Book of Devarim, which the Sifrei also covers, the Midrash compares Moshe's final address to some of the most famous prophetic and poetic orations throughout Tanakh.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Vaetchanan: “And You Shall Love the Lord Your God” "And you shall love the Lord your God" is one of the most fundamental commandments of the Torah, but what does it mean? The Sifrei offers a dazzling array of approaches to this guiding principle of Judaism.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Ekev: The Praise of Eretz Israel The Sifrei on Parashat Ekev sings the praises of the Land of Israel, reflecting the pride of the Promised Land's Sages in their homeland, as the height of physical and spiritual excellence.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Re’eh: The Blessing and the Curse The opening of Parashat Re'eh shares many similarities with the end of Parashat Nitzavim, giving us the key to understanding the Book of Devarim, as expounded by the Sifrei and explained by Abarbanel.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Shoftim: Orphaned Leadership, Renewed Leadership The Sifrei on Parashat Shoftim seeks out the ideal form of leadership for the nation of Israel, expressing the desperate need, in the time of the Tannaim, for direction after the Destruction of the Second Temple.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Ki Tetze: No Peace Emerges from Quarrelsomeness The Sifrei has an understanding of the passage of lashes which bridges the gap between the very different presentations of the Written and Oral Law.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Ki Tavo: “Follow the Tracks of the Flocks and Graze Your Bodies” The curses of Ki Tavo have an interesting connection in the Sifrei to the sad tale of the fate of the aristocrats of Jerusalem after the Destruction of the Temple.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Nitzavim: The Three Covenants Midrash Tannaim explains how three covenants--at Sinai, on the Jordan, and in the Promised Land--forge the eternal relationship between God and Israel.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Vezot Haberakha: “And the Lord caused him to see All the Land” The Midrashic approach to the beginning of the Torah's final chapter shows us what the sages of the time viewed as the most important message for their contemporaries, attributing it to the Master of All Prophets.

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