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: The Prophecies of Amos: On The Heels of Hoi Part II In the previous shiur, we began our study of the Divine oath that comprises the consequential punishment in response to the hoi rebuke (6:1-7). We now turn our attention to the second half of the oath, which continues by describing the destroyed homes that will mark the landscape of Shomron. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #61 The Prophecies of Amos: The Illusions of Power Part I As we come to the end of Amos chapter 6, Amos delivers a stinging critique at the illusory power held by the Northern Kingdom. In this shiur, we will study the first verse, and we will conclude this section in the next shiur. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #62: The Prophecies of Amos: The Illusions of Power Part II In the previous shiurim, we studied the hoi rebuke of the wealthy of Shomron and their hedonistic lifestyle (Amos 6:1-7), followed by the Divine oath of the impending punishment that awaits them (ibid. verses 8-11). As we come to the end of this chapter, Amos delivers a stinging critique at the illusory power held by the Northern Kingdom. In the previous shiur, we studied the opening verse of this rebuke. In this shiur, we will conclude our study of this section. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #63: The Prophecies of Amos: THE VISIONS In this shiur, we begin our study of a type of prophecy that we have not yet seen in Amos - the vision. We will begin with an analysis of different types of visions found in Tanakh and an overview of the visions that we will encounter in Amos. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #64: The Prophecies of Amos: THE VISIONS - VISION #1 (7:1-3): THE LOCUST PLAGUE PART 1 In the next six shiurim, we will discuss and analyze the first three of the mar’ot Sefer Amos, as they are presented consecutively at the beginning of chapter 7. In this shiur, we will look at some of the nuances of the pattern (which repeats in at least some of the visions) and the rest of the first verse. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #65: The Prophecies of Amos: THE VISIONS VISION #1 (7:1-3) THE LOCUST PLAGUE PART 2 In the previous shiur, we began our analysis of the first of Amos’s five visions. We will now address the remainder of the first vision – the “locusts” – which includes Amos’s successful entreaty on behalf of the people. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #66: The Prophecies of Amos: THE VISIONS VISION #2 (7:4-6): THE FIRE PART 1 In this and the following shiur, we will address the second of Amos's (four or) five visions – the “fire” – and Amos’s second quasi-successful entreaty on behalf of “Yaakov.” We will focus all of our attention in this shiur on the first half of verse 4, which presents significant difficulties, and will take this opportunity to explore a vital area of the study of Tanakh - textual criticism. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #67: The Prophecies of Amos: THE VISIONS - VISION #2 (7:4-6): THE FIRE PART 2 In the previous shiur, we began our study of the second vision – the “fire” – and focused most of our energies on the difficulties presented by the first part of the description of the vision. At this point, we will complete our study of that verse. We will then assess the remaining two verses of this vision, the second of Amos’s visions. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #68: The Prophecies of Amos: THE VISIONS - VISION #3 (7:7-9): THE ANAKH PART 1 In the previous shiurim, we studied the first two visions in chapter 7, which we suggested were directed to the king and his property, specifically his fields and crops. We will now address the third vision, in which the pattern that we observed in the first two is broken, as Amos’s ability to plead with God to keep the vision of punishment from being realized breaks down. In this shiur, we will study the text of the first two verses, clarifying difficult words and phrases. 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 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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