Wednesday, January 24, 2018

(32 minutes) Mosheh Rabbenu: Orator

Mosheh Rabbenu: Orator (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"Mosheh's protestations that he is "heavy of mouth and heavy of tongue" (כבד פה וכבד לשון) at his stand at the burning bush, along with his follow-up repeated protest of being "of uncircumcised lips" has been the focus of many a Midrash, a commentary and a study until the modern era. Whether Mosheh had a speech impediment or his erudition was deficient is one of the key questions. However, there is another difficulty in his words of protest which, if solved, may hold the key to the entire conundrum."

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)