Rav Mordechai Sabato
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Mordechai Sabato Introduction to Sefer Vayikra At the very beginning of Sefer Vayikra, both the Rashbam and the Ramban explain the expression "Va-yikra" ("He called"), which appears nowhere else in the context of God's conversations with Moshe, in light of a fundamental problem presented by the Mishkan. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Mordechai Sabato Two Perspectives on the Sacrifices: On the Relationship Between Parashiot Tzav and Vayikra The first seven chapters of the Book of Vayikra deal with the various types of korbanot (sacrifices) and their halakhot. This section of the Torah is composed of two subdivisions: chapters 1-5, and chapters 6-7. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Mordechai Sabato The Opening Verses of Sefer Devarim, and the Structure of the Sefer as a Whole In this shiur we shall attempt to address the significance of these introductory verses and their connection to the structure and content of Sefer Devarim. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Mordechai Sabato Differences between the First and Second Appearences of the "Ten Commandments" In this shiur, we shall review the differences between the Ten Commandments as recorded in Sefer Shemot and as recorded in Sefer Devarim, and try to understand their significance. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Mordechai Sabato By What Right Does Israel Inherit the Land? An Examination of Devarim Chapter 9 In this shiur, we shall examine the structure and significance of Chapter 9. While chapter 8 spoke of self-satisfaction on the material level, our chapter refers to spiritual self-satisfaction; the danger exists in both cases, and in the latter case may even be greater. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Mordechai Sabato The Structure and Significance of the Opening Verses We turn our atttention this week to the structure and significance of the opening verses of Parashat Re'eh. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Mordechai Sabato The Prohibitions of "Ashera" and "Matzeva" In this shiur we shall examine the significance of these two prohibitions and their reason. We will first clarify the location of these verses in their broader context of Parashat Shoftim. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Mordechai Sabato The Female Captive: What Is the Torah Teaching Us? Two ideals clash in Ki Tetze: one is the moral concern for the woman captive; the other is the aversion to marriage to a non-Jewish woman which may, as we know, lead to moral degeneration over time. The Halakha comes to establish the proper balance between these two ideals. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Mordechai Sabato "And God Shall Return You to Egypt in Boats" The central section of parashat Ki Tavo is the blessings and curses of chapter 28. In this shiur we will focus on a single verse - the conclusion of the list of curses. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Mordechai Sabato Punishment of the Individual and of the Nation Parashat Nitzavim, comprising slightly less than two whole chapters (29:9-30:20), opens in the middle of Moshe's speech. There can be no doubt, then, that our parasha is not an independent literary unit, and that it should be treated as part of Moshe's speech starting in chapter 29. In this shiur, we shall address the structure of chapter 29 and its significance. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Mordechai Sabato "For the Lord's Portion is His People" We will deal with the function of Shirat Haazinu and its primary contents, in an attempt to explain its unique significance. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Mordechai Sabato Birth of Nation: The Framing Statements of Moshe's Blessing In this shiur, we will address one of the most blatant differences Yaakov and Moshe's two sets of blessings; Moshe's blessing to the tribes is placed within the framework of a general address to the nation. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading