01- פרשת השבוע
Teacher Title Abstract
שיעורי טקסט Rav Amnon Bazak Akedat Yitzchak – The Double Test In this shiur, we will discuss the significance of the akeida, in particular contrasting it to the story of Hagar and Yishmael that precedes it. What was Avraham thinking when he was told to sacrifice his son? And what was the nature of the promise that he received after the test?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Pesach and the Feast of Matzot – Two Holidays Rather than One In the Torah, Pesach (Passover) and the Feast of Matzot (Chag Ha-Matzot) are two connected holidays, rather than a single holiday that begins with the Paschal offering. In this shiur, we will analyze the significance and difference between these two festivals.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Meir Shpiegelman Parashat Metzora - Immersion in a Mikveh In this shiur, we will study the Torah obligation to immerse oneself in a mikveh. When does this obligation apply to men, and do women have the same obligation? In the course of our analysis, we will discover that impurity is not the only reason for immersion and that the union between a man and a woman has tremendous implications for the laws of immersion.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Ezra Bick The Menorah and the Inauguration by the Princes of the Tribes Rashi (citing a midrash) famously explains the juxtaposition of the sacrifices offered by the princes of the tribes in Parashat Naso and the command to Aharon to light the menorah in the beginning of Parashat Beha'alotekha. What does this midrash teach us about the different roles of the Mishkan, and the role of Aharon in particular?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Practical Mitzvot Parashat Ki Tetze contains more mitzvot than any other Torah portion, and this shiur will focus on three of them. We will see how the commands to help load and unload animals relates to helping drivers in distress; we will see how the Torah's rules on fugitive slaves relate to both the Ancient Near East and 19th-century America; finally, we will examine how heter iska addresses concerns of charging interest for Jewish bankers and borrowers.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yoel Bin-Nun Can there be a third destruction? A reading of the curses in light of Ramban’s commentary Parashat Ki Tavo presents a chilling set of curses, echoing those found in the penultimate chapter of Vayikra. In this shiur, we will analyze the differences between them as interpreted by Ramban, as well as Ramban's general approach to the Torah, viewing its events through a historical lens. What does this mean for our generation?