Saturday, January 14, 2017

(55 minutes) Shoftim 6:28-40 - Gidon's First Mission and Second Sign

Shoftim 6:28-40 - Gidon's First Mission and Second Sign (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Yoash's defense of Gidon; Gidon goes to war; Gidon asks for two signs"

(41 minutes) Eating Fish and Meat Together

Eating Fish and Meat Together (yutorah.org: Rabbi Lebowitz)

(39 minutes) SH'MOT B'NEI YISRAEL: Who Made The Cut?

SH'MOT B'NEI YISRAEL: Who Made The Cut? (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The detailed list of Yaakov's family descending to Egypt (Gen. 46) is odd and raises a number of questions - both ancillary and essential about the narrative of the Torah. This shiur surveys the text, raises a number of classical questions and suggests a lens through which to view the list which addresses some, if not all, of the problems."

(47 minutes) Sanhedrin 11

Sanhedrin 11 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Wolf)

Monday, January 9, 2017

(55 minutes) Shoftim 6:19-27: Gidon's First Mission

Shoftim 6:19-27: Gidon's First Mission (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"The naming of Gidon's mizbeiach; the mission of destroying the mizbeiach of Baal and the asheirah, and converting them to the worship of HaShem."

(40 minutes) Sous Vide Cooking on Shabbat

Sous Vide Cooking on Shabbat (yutorah.org: Rabbi Lebowitz)

(59 minutes) Iyov (Job) 24:7-25: About-Face?

Iyov (Job) 24:7-25: About-Face? (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Iyov concludes his response to Eliphaz's third speech - and he seems to adopt the view that wicked people will suffer punishment...?"

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

(5 minutes) Al HaNissim

Five Minute Halacha - Al HaNissim (yutorah.org: Rabbi Siev)

(33 minutes) Yosef's Dreams

Yosef's Dreams (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"Yosef's Dreams begin the narrative cycle we refer to as "the Yosef Story" - and these dreams impact through his life and career. What are we to make of these dreams? Are they prophetic (as he seems to believe) or are they psychologically propelled (as his brothers and, perhaps, father apparently think)? What are the "stars" as opposed to the "sheaves"? And what are we to make of the sun and moon and their obeisance to Yosef?"

(4 minutes) Havdala and Chanuka Candles

Five Minute Halacha - Havdala and Chanuka Candles (yutorah.org: Rabbi Siev)

Monday, December 26, 2016

(41 minutes) Bible and the Ancient Near East - 02 - Ancient K'sav

Bible and the Ancient Near East - 02 - Ancient K'sav (yutorah.org: Rabbi Schwartz)

(32 minutes) JACOB'S YEARS REEVALUATED

JACOB'S YEARS REEVALUATED (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"Midrash Seder Olam reckons Yaakov's years in Lavan's house but presents a challenging sequence of events to support that narrow time-frame. An alternate suggestion is presented, one which fits within the literal read of the text and which responds to a number of challenges raised by the Midrashic approach."

(36 minutes) YAAKOV AND LAVAN: A FRESH LOOK

YAAKOV AND LAVAN: A FRESH LOOK (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The relationship between Yaakov and his father-in-law is viewed through the lens of their last meeting; it is not necessarily the case, however, that Lavan's interactions with Yaakov began deviously or manipulatively. A fresh look at their developing relationship, along with data gleaned from Ancient Near East Texts will be helpful in reevaluating the story that the Torah is telling us."

Monday, December 19, 2016

(35 minutes) SH'KHEM?

SH'KHEM? (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"Yaakov's departure from Lavan should lead him, per our expectations, to Luz-Beitel and from there to Hevron. Instead, he eventually makes his way to Sh'khem; not only settling in there, but also settling down, buying real estate. What is the pull of Sh'khem and why does it continue to attract us - Yoseph's brothers herd there, we are commanded to ascend there when we first enter the land, Rehovam goes there to be crowned...What is it about Sh'khem?"