Monday, January 15, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

(28 minutes) Tanach in a Day: Yehoshua: From Slaves to Israelis

Tanach in a Day: Yehoshua: From Slaves to Israelis (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Part of a day-long series of 30-minute classes on each book of Tanach. Introduction to Yehoshua. How do the Jews transition from slaves to Israelis?"

(56 minutes) Ezra, Week 2: Introduction

Ezra, Week 2: Introduction (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Passages from elsewhere in Tanach which explain why the Jews were sent into exile, present the predictions of their return via Cyrus, their experience in exile, and their actual return. Special emphasis on the theme of the exile of the vessels of the Beit haMikdash."

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Yaakov's Daughters? (31 minutes)

Yaakov's Daughters? (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"As we all know, Yaakov had 12 sons and one daughter; he had over 45 grandsons and - one granddaughter. This is the information given to us throughout the second half of Beresheet, culminating in the list of emigres to Egypt in Beresheet 46. The statistical improbability of this gender gap is difficult; in addition, the text makes several references to the "daughters" of Yaakov. We survey the opinions of several of the Rishonim in grappling with this problem and then discover a (possibly) surprising approach adopted by both Shmuel David Luzzato as well as R. Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, contemporaneously in two corners of the 19th century Jewish world."

(52 minutes) The Life and Career of Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch

The life and Career of Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch (yutorah.org: Rabbi Hoffman)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

(56 minutes) Ezra, Week 1: Introduction

Ezra, Week 1: Introduction (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Overview of the context of Ezra/Nechemiah in Tanach, identities of the major participants, and significance of Ezra/Nechemiah for Jews today."

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

(33 minutes) The Sugya We All Know (Shabbat 21b): Or Do We?

The Sugya We All Know (Shabbat 21b): Or Do We? (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The well-known Baraitot of Hanukkah found in the 2nd chapter of Shabbat are read relatively seamlessly; a closer investigation into the language and structure of the Baraitot reveal numerous difficulties with their composition. Utilizing the findings of scholarship, old and new, leads to an unusual proposal about the provenance and intent of these Baraitot, starting with the mysterious "Mehadrin min haMehadrin""

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

(56 minutes) Shoftim 17:6-13: Michah Buys a Levi / Dan Expands

Shoftim 17:6-13: Michah Buys a Levi / Dan Expands (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Michah acquires a Levi for his house of worship, which may be idolatrous and may be syncretist. And the tribe of Dan expands to the Bashan."

(57 minutes) Shoftim 17:1-6: The Genesis of Michah's Idol

Shoftim 17:1-6: The Genesis of Michah's Idol (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"The dislocation and linkage of the stories of Michah's idol and Pilegesh b'Givah. Michah and his mother and 1100 silver, and a statue that is either avodah zarah or a syncretist icon."