Rav Yitzchak Etshalom
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Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #52 The Prophecies of Amos: Rejection of the Avoda Part I Amos's relationship to the avoda, the Divine service, is particularly striking. Why would God suddenly reject those who come to serve Him? Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (2)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #53 The Prophecies of Amos: Rejection of the Avoda Part II In one of the most famous verses in his book, Amos likens justice to water; but what does his use of tzedaka and mishpat, a biblical pair dating back to Avraham, mean for his audience? Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (2)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #54 The Prophecies of Amos: Rejection of the Avoda Part III Amos's critique of the idol-worship by the upper classes of Shomeron raises many interesting questions, giving us arguably the most difficult verse in his entire book. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (2)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #55 The Prophecies of Amos: Rejection of the Avoda Part IV In our final shiur on Amos 5, we sum up the meaning of divine worship for the audience in Shomeron the prophet addresses. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (2)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #56: The Prophecies of Amos: Rebuke of the “Smug of Shomron” Part I We are beginning our third year of the study of prophetic rhetoric, and with that concluding the study of the prophecies of Amos of Tekoa. The first oracle we will discuss comprises the first seven verses of chapter 6. As we can see from the text, the common theme of lambasting the wealthy aristocracy of Shomron for their hedonistic life is again the focal point of the diatribe. Although numerous familiar tropes will appear here, a few new ones will emerge, and we will take those up after reviewing the text and commenting on the phrases and lexicon of the passage. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #57: The Prophecies of Amos: Rebuke of the Smug of Shomron Part II In the previous shiur, we began our study of the first oracle in the 6th chapter of Amos, which is made up of 7 verses. In this shiur, we will complete our study of these verses, focusing on Amos's critique of the hedonistic lifestyle of the leaders of the Northern Kingdom. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #58: The Prophecies of Amos: Rebuke of the Smug of Shomron Part III In this shiur, we will take a broader look at the section we have been studying, Amos 6:1-7, proposing a solution to its structure and, ultimately, its message. We will consider if the verses are structured chiastically, as may be are instinctive reaction when faced with a septad, or if there is some other structure at play here. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #59: The Prophecies of Amos: On the Heels of Hoi Part I In the previous shiurim, we studied the rebuke of the self-satisfied of Shomron (Amos 6:1-7). Now, we turn our attention to the punishment that awaits them as a consequence of their hedonistic and narcissistic lifestyle. This punishment, presented as a Divine oath, comprises the next four verses. In this shiur, we will study the text of the first two of these verses. In our analysis of each phrase, we will address some unusual rhetorical, linguistic, and syntactic features that may help us discover a deeper texture of the prophetic message. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #60: Eikha Chapter Five Eikha 5:17-18 Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Where is God in the Megilla Esther is the only book in T’nakh with absolutely no mention of God (by any Name). Much as the Midrash interprets some occurrences of “the king” in Esther (e.g. 6:1) as a reference to God, this is certainly not p’shat. Why is this story even included in the Biblical canon? Holiday Packages
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Understanding the Rambam's Approach to Sefirat HaOmer The Meaning of Sefirat HaOmer
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Sinai and Tziyyon The Meaning of the Three Weeks
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #42: The Prophecies of Amos - The Fall of Israel Amos's last-ditch rebuke sequence attempts to bring home to the Israelites their sinfulness. In this shiur, we consider the text as a whole, before diving into each of its seven elements.

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