Saturday, December 3, 2016

(57 minutes) Shoftim 6:7-12: A Prophetic Rebuke / Selection of Gidon

Shoftim 6:7-12: A Prophetic Rebuke / Selection of Gidon (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"A prophet's message of rebuke to the Jews - and was this Pinchas? And a malach or prophet comes to select Gidon."

(3 minutes) SFATAI TIFTAH 09

SFATAI TIFTAH 09 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"At the beginning of Parashat Hayyei Sarah, there are three different words all pronounced with קמץ קטן. The phenomenon of קמץ קטן is explained and the rules affecting it are presented."

(49 minutes) The Element of Surprise in Tanakh

The Element of Surprise in Tanakh (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"We are "handicapped" by our foreknowledge of the outcome of the narratives in Tanakh. By reading the narrative with "naivete" and from each character's point of view, we gain a fresh appreciation for the many possible understandings of elements of the story and dialogue and for the wealth and depth of ambiguity in the text. This shiur was given at Yeshviat Torah B'Sion in Katamon."

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

(59 minutes) Iyov (Job) 22:15-30: Eliphaz Concludes

Iyov (Job) 22:15-30: Eliphaz Concludes (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Eliphaz claims that Job can still repent, and Gd will take him back and bestow great blessings upon him, including fulfilling Job's requests. Brief sidebar at the end on the powers of a tzaddik, and the issue of asking a Rebbe for a berachah."

Saturday, November 19, 2016

(30 minutes) AVRAHAM AND LOT: Part 2

AVRAHAM AND LOT: Part 2 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"Chapters 18 and 19 of Beresheet present the reader with a number of difficulties: Why the need for a second annunciation? Why did Avraham stop his "negotiations" at 10? Why do we need to hear the sordid story of Lot's incestuous relations with his daughters? Once we view these two chapters as a single unit - following the Masoretic division of the text - an approach is developed which not only answers these questions (and more) but also presents an argument for the significance of this narrative."

(37 minutes) Go Your Own Way: Avram and Lot Separate

Go Your Own Way: Avram and Lot Separate (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The wealth amassed by both Avram and Lot ultimately led to the need for them to separate - but why? Our discussion assays some approaches of traditional commentaries and, utilizing structural analysis of the narrative, proposes a new explanation."

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

(12 minutes) The Status of Grape Juice From Concentrate

Ten Minute Halacha - The Status of Grape Juice From Concentrate (yutorah.org: Rabbi Lebowitz)

(57 minutes) 2000 Years The Jewish Odyssey 3rd Century CE Part III

2000 Years The Jewish Odyssey 3rd Century CE Part III (yutorah.org: Rabbi Pruzansky)

613commuter: Sound quality is so-so.

(59 minutes) Iyov (Job) 21:29-22:14: Eliphaz Attacks

Iyov (Job) 21:29-22:14: Eliphaz Attacks (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"For the first time, Iyov is accused of specific crimes - but is Eliphaz serious? What motivates Eliphaz's attacks?"

(2 minutes) S'FATAI TIFTAH 08

S'FATAI TIFTAH 08 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The "in-lieu" of Birkat Kohanim paragraph, recited every morning by Ashkenazim in the Diaspora and in all congregations when Kohanim do not directly bless the congregation, is often mis-parsed in a way that leads to a misunderstanding of the word "Ka-amur" In memory of Leonard Cohen z"l, who passed away today at the age of 82."