Rav Amnon Bazak

Rav Amnon Bazak is a shiur-bet Ram of Yeshivat Har Etzion, and a lecturer in the Bible and Oral Law Departments of Herzog College and the Women's Beit Midrash in Migdal Oz. Within the framework of Hesder, he completed his army service in the Military Rabbinate, was ordained as a rabbi and attained his B.Ed in Herzog College. He has authored several books on Bible study, including: Samuel Alef - King of Israel, Shmuel Bet - The Kingdom of David, and Nekudat Peticha - Studies in Parshat Hashavua. In his book "To this Day," he presents a comprehensive way of dealing with questions arising from biblical criticism. Hundreds of his lessons, written and recorded, are archived on the website of the Virtual Beit Midrash of Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rav Bazak also edited several books, among them Rav Amital's book "VeHaAretz Natan Livnei Adam" and the holiday series by Herzog College.

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Rav Amnon Bazak Shiur #10d: Peshat and Midrash Halakha In the previous shiur we noted that “an eye for an eye” may well have been originally understood to require commensurate physical punishment for the infliction of injury. Fundamental Issues in the Study of Tanakh
Rav Amnon Bazak Shiur #10e: Peshat and Midrash Halakha In the previous shiurim we discussed discrepancies between the simple reading of the text and the halakhic conclusions of Chazal. Fundamental Issues in the Study of Tanakh
Rav Amnon Bazak Shiur #10f: Peshat and Midrash Halakha So far we have looked at contradictions between peshat and derash that arise from the authority of the Sages to interpret the verses in a way that differs from their plain meaning (whether out of moral or practical considerations). Now we will turn our attention to tensions between peshat and derash that arise from prior contradictions between different parshiot in the Torah itself. Fundamental Issues in the Study of Tanakh
Rav Amnon Bazak Shiur #11a: The Sins of Biblical Figures Part 1 of 4 The return to the study of the peshat – the plain meaning – of the biblical text has raised numerous religious questions, some of which we have addressed in previous shiurim. We now turn our attention to the question of our attitude towards central characters in Tanakh. Fundamental Issues in the Study of Tanakh
Rav Amnon Bazak Shiur #11b: The Sins of Biblical Figures (Part 2 of 4) We will look at three actions of Avraham and Sarah, where in each instance the action seems to be presented in a questionable light. Fundamental Issues in the Study of Tanakh
Rav Amnon Bazak Shiur #11c: The Sins of Biblical Figures Part 3 of 4 The fourth figure who is defended by R. Yonatan in the discussion in the Gemara (Shabbat 55b-56b) is King David. David's greatness and holiness, on the one hand, along with the severity of his actions concerning Bat-Sheva and Uriya, on the other, make this episode the classic test case for our attitude towards the biblical heroes. Fundamental Issues in the Study of Tanakh
Rav Amnon Bazak Shiur #11d: The Sins of Biblical Figures Part 4 of 4 We have seen that, since the earliest times, there have been two main approaches to understanding the sins and errors of biblical heroes: one takes the straightforward meaning of the text as its starting point, while the other proceeds from the fundamental assumption that such negative actions cannot be attributed to such great figures. Fundamental Issues in the Study of Tanakh
Rav Amnon Bazak A Return to the Garden of Eden The building of the Mishkan was a tikkun for Adam's sin in the Garden of Eden. The Exodus from Egypt created, as it were, Am Yisrael. The building of the Mishkan facilitated a return to a state in which God goes about amongst Bnei Yisrael. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak "And Chanoch Walked With the Lord" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak Kayin, Hevel, and Shet Why did God accept Hevel’s offering, but not that of Kayin? And why did this rejection lead Kayin to kill his brother? In this shiur, we will discuss how the names and actions of Kayin and Hevel reflect two different perspectives, and further explain why it was the dynasty of Shet that ultimately survived to build the world. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak The Rainbow Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak Avraham and the Idols: A Midrashic Reflection of a Biblical Story Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak Avraham and the Angels Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak Rivka Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak "And the field, and the cave therein, were upheld unto Avraham for a possession..." Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak The Differences Between Avraham and Yitzchak Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak Yitzchak and Yaakov In this shiur, we will analyze the relationships between Yitzchak and Esav and between Rivka and Yaakov, as reflected in the repeated keyword "beni," "my son." We will note that Yitzchak's attitude towards Esav appears to change by the end of the narrative. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak Yaakov's Ladder Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak Yaakov and Rachel The story of Yaakov’s love for Rachel, which occupies a central place in our parasha, is one of the most well-developed love stories in the Torah. In this shiur, we will focus on the significant early stages of the relationship, as depicted in the parasha. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak Rachel Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak Shimon and Levi in Shekhem Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak Yehuda and Tamar Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak Yosef – From Potifar’s House to Prison On his journey from the pit to the position of second-in-command to Pharaoh, Yosef passes through two stations: the house of Potifar and the prison. In both places, he is recognized by the most senior character, who places his full confidence in him. In both instances, his faith in God is tested and he withstands the test. In both cases, despite passing the test, he suffers some further punishment. What is the significance of these two stages? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak "There Is None So Wise and Knowing As You" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Amnon Bazak The Priests of Egypt and the Kohanim of Israel Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading

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