Monthly Archives: May 2011

Understanding the Patriarchs 3: Understanding the Akeidah

In our third class on the Patriarchs we discuss the akeidah, and such questions as: 1) What exactly was the test, and why would God demand it? 2) Didn’t Hashem promise Avraham earlier that Yitzchack would be a great nation? … Continue reading

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Understanding the Patriarchs 2: Why Were Ishmael (and Hagar) Banished from the House of Avraham?

Patriarchs 2 2011 Class 2 in our series: Understanding the Patriarchs in Text and Context, in which we explore: What did Ishmael do to draw Sarah’s ire? Wasn’t Sarah’s response, demanding Ishamel’s expulsion into the wilderness, pretty extreme? Why did … Continue reading

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Patriarchs 1: Why was Avraham chosen?

Join us as we begin a new series of classes, focusing on the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in text and context. In our first class we ask: why was Avraham chosen by God? What does the text have to say, what … Continue reading

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Ten Minute Torah: Parshat Emor

How is parshat Emor a cohesive unit? What do the marriage and mourning rights (and rites) of the kohanim have to do with the holidays, or the story of the blasphemer? What is a narrative doing in the almost-purely legal … Continue reading

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Ten Minute Torah: Praise the Lord and Pass the Goat Haunch.

What’s going on in Psalm 118? Why is it part of Hallel? What is meant by “Hashem is God and has illuminated for us; bind the Chagigah sacrifice unto the corners of the altar!” Find out in today’s ten minute … Continue reading

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Why Sing the Song of the Sea?

Az Yashir 5_2_11 Click on the link above for our most recent shiur!  In this half-hour class, we discuss the structure and some of the content of “az yashir” – the song of the sea. What is this song doing … Continue reading

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