Prof. Yonatan Grossman
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Prof. Yonatan Grossman “These are the Words that Moshe Spoke” What did Moshe wish to receive at the beginning of his grand oration? In this shiur, we discuss the basic structure of the entire book of Devarim. In our parasha, Moshe delivers his first oration, which is an introduction to the central oration that will begin in chapter 5 and continue the length of most of the book. It is clear from the structure of the book as a whole that the purpose of Moshe's orations is to prepare the people for the new covenant at the conclusion of the book. The essence of his first oration is twofold: On the one hand, it is intended to explain why the covenant is made not in Eretz Yisrael, but rather in the plains of Moav; on the other hand, it presents the people with Moshe's perspective on the people's conduct up until this stage. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman “The Revelation at Mount Sinai and its Significance in the Book of Devarim Moshe opens his grand oration regarding the mitzvot with a lengthy description of the revelation at Mount Sinai.This lengthy account of the revelation is very significant because Moshe could just as well have described the event in a few sentences, but nevertheless decided to relate the story extensively. In this shiur, we fill focus on the fact that the revelation at Mount Sinai opens Moshe's oration concerning the mitzvot and the fact that the revelation is described at such great length. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Covenant of Love Between God and Israel Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman Moshe’s Interpretation of the Sin of the Golden Calf In this shiur, we will attempt to understand Moshe's attitude toward the story of the sin of the Golden Calf. The sin of the Golden Calf is one of the most tragic episodes in the history of the Jewish People, and there is no way to ignore this foundational event. However, the timing of Moshe's decision to relate to this event is a significant manner in itself, as we shall see over the course of this shiur. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Place That the Lord Shall Choose In this shiur, we explore the structure of Devarim chapter 12, which emphasizes the concentration of the service of God in one location, as well as the permission to eat "meat of desire" and the prohibition to eat blood. What is the meaning of the numerous repetitions in this chapter? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Priests The Levites Among the social classes that are discussed in Parashat Shoftim, we find "the priests the Levites." In this shiur, we will examine who this phrase is referring to, noting a number of differences between how the Levites are described in Sefer Devarim as opposed to the rest of the Torah. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman "A Man Shall Be Put To Death Only For His Own Crime" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman Eishet Yefat To’ar – A Non-Jewish Female Prisoner of War In this shiur, we will discuss the enigmatic law of the eishet yefat to'ar, the non-Jewish female prisoner of war. Is this the concluding section of the unit regarding the laws of war, or is it the opening section of a new unit? We will see that the views of the Rishonim regarding the purpose of this law reflect different views of its literary placement. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Covenant in the Plains of Moav The covenant entered into in the plains of Moav in chapter 27 constitutes the crowning glory of the book. Despite the great importance of the covenant, there are several essential elements in the covenant that are insufficiently clear and regarding which the text maintains a certain ambiguity for some reason. This is especially true with regard to the question of where exactly Israel entered into this renewed covenant. Was it really in the plains of Moav? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman Israel's Return and God's Return Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman Where Does the Account of the Covenant of Moav Begin? In this shiur, we will argue that Parshat Nitzavim is the actual covenant made in the plains of Moav. The Torah deems it important to emphasize that the people of Israel are in fact signed on two covenants: a personal covenant (the covenant of Sinai) and a national covenant (the covenant of Moav). When we talk about the covenant of Moav we are not talking merely about renewing the covenant of Sinai, and nothing more; what we have here is a cognitive expansion of the people of Israel into a nation. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman The Double Message of Parashat Vayelekh In this shiur, we will examine the numerous repetitions in Parashat Vayelekh and demonstrate how they reflect two visions of the future - one optimistic and the other pessimistic. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Prof. Yonatan Grossman God As a Poet In this shiur, we will study the content and form of the song of Ha'azinu. What is its chief message, and why is it written in the poetic form, as opposed to the Bible's standard prose style? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading

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