Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
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שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur "This one shall comfort us for our work" The Story of the Flood and the Principle of Teshuva (Repentance) A major part of Parashat Noach is devoted to a description of the construction of the ark, its size and structure, the materials used to build it, and the animals brought inside it.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Boundaries in Sefer Bereishit Parshat Noach starts with a very harsh description: “And the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth. .... (Bereishit 6:11-13)
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman The First World and the Second In parashat Noach we read of the great catastrophe which befell humanity in its earliest stages: all the creatures of the world died in the terrible flood. Amidst this disaster, though, a ray of hope rose and floated on the water - Noach's ark, carrying within it the surviving representatives of all animal species, thus facilitating their continuation and the renewal of the world.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not their own" Why the decree of exile? Midrashei Chazal offer many instances of judgmental evaluations of biblical characters that are different – sometimes even quite contrary – to the impression we receive from a reading of the plain level of the biblical narrative.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein “Look to Avraham, Your Forefather” And God said to Avram, “Take yourself from your land, and from your birthplace, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” (Bereishit 12:1)
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Suffering of Hagar and the Enslavement in Egypt
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur Remembering the Akeda Absence of any mention of the akeda in later biblical narratives.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein “Until God Consulted With Avraham” In our parasha, God shares with Avraham His intention to judge Sedom and Amora (chapter 18).
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman News of the Birth of Yitzchak
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur "Who is this man who walks in the field towards us?" Reading the stories of the forefathers in Sefer Bereishit, one is struck by the brevity of the description of the life and activities of Yitzchak.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein “Before the People of the Land” Avraham’s efforts to buy the Cave of Makhpela from the Bnei Chet reflect his relationship to the people of the land in the period before his descendants have inherited it.
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Status of Yishmael, or Hagar's Escape and Hagar's Banishment
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur The Taking of the Blessings – Means vs. Ends At the center of our parasha is the story of how Yaakov obtains the blessings meant for Esav, his brother.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein “Avraham begot Yitzchak” In this shiur, we will discuss Yitzchak's role and compare it to that of Avraham.
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman "Avraham Bore Yitzchak..."
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur Yaakov – The Exiled Man Yaakov's request of God as he is about to leave Eretz Yisrael may point to the main challenge that he faces, and his success will serve as a model for later generations.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein "And This is the Gateway of Heaven" In this shiur, we will examine the nature of the place where Yaakov rests in the course of fleeing from Esav – Beit El, the House of God – through a review of our narrative...
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein “And This is the Gateway of Heaven” In this shiur, we will attempt to understand the nature of the place where Yaakov rests in the course of fleeing from Esav – Beit El, the House of God – through a review of our narrative as well as other narratives in Sefer Bereishit and in different chapters from the Prophets.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yair Kahn Parashat Vayetze - Arami Oved Avi In this lesson, we will examine the relationship between Lavan and Yaakov, in light of the overall picture of the relationship between the family of Nachor and the family of Avraham. As we shall see, there is a significant disconnect between them. We will try to explain the reason for this disconnect, and see how much is related to theological differences, as expressed by Lavan, as well as Bil’am.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Reuven Taragin "Mei-Hashem Yatza Ha-davar" Perceiving Providence
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur "For you have striven with God and with men" – Yaakov's Dual Destiny In our shiur on Parashat Vayetze, the point of departure of our discussion was the level of detail in Yaakov's family stories and the seeming absence of any activity on the national level, in comparison to the stories of Avraham and Yitzchak.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Vayishlach - The Weight of the Past What role does the past play in a person’s life? What weight is given to the future? In the simplest sense, the answer would seem to point to a self-fulfilling prophecy. A society that occupies itself with the past will likely find the source of its vitality in the delving into and longing for that which already was. A future-oriented society will make the future its focus, offering both vision and renewal. An interesting observation as to the relationship between past and future is revealed in the record of one of the branches of Esav’s family, which we will examine in this shiur.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Parshat Vayishlach: The Weight of the Past What role does the past play in a person’s life? What weight is given to the future?
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Vow and the Name Change
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur Royal propaganda in the story of Yehuda and Tamar The final third of Sefer Bereishit – from the story of the sale of Yosef until Yaakov's parting words to his sons – recounts what happens from the time that the brothers rid themselves of Yosef until they are reunited in Egypt.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Parshat Vayeshev: "And Yisrael Loved Yosef" These are the generations of Yaakov: Yosef was seventeen years old when feeding the flock with his brothers, and the lad was with the sons of Bilha and with the sons of Zilpa, his father’s wives. And Yosef brought an evil report of them to their father. And Yisrael loved Yosef more than all his children, for he was the son of his old age; and he made him a coat with long sleeves. (Bereishit 37:2-3)
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman Tamar And Yosef
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Brachi Elitzur Yosef's Behavior in the Encounter with his Brothers – Part I One of the most dramatic narratives in the Torah, arousing our emotions anew with each reading, is the story of Yosef's reunion with his brothers following a break of 22 years.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Miketz: Yosef and Yehuda Our shiur this week will focus on two characters in the parasha: Yosef and Yehuda. The first rises from the depths of jail to the lofty heights of Egyptian viceroy. The second succeeds in persuading Yaakov to part with Binyamin, assuming responsibility for him on the journey to Egypt. We will investigate the nature of their personalities and their different paths to greatness.
שיעורי טקסט Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Interpretation of Pharaoh's Dream

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