Rav Yitzchak Etshalom
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Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #76: The Prophecies of Amos: THE VISIONS VISION #4 (8:1-3): THE BASKET OF FIGS PART 3 Assessment of the fourth vision and summary of the sequence of the four visions (7:1-8:3) Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #77: The Prophecies of Amos: BACK TO BASICS The unusual construction of Amos 8:4, both in its word choice and transcription, offers intriguing possibilities of interpretation. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #78: The Prophecies of Amos: BACK TO BASICS REBUKE (8:4-8): PISHEI YISRAEL REVISITED Amos rebukes the merchants who long to take advantage of the poor in the Northern Kingdom of Israel, but his references to chodesh and shabbat are a challenge to explain. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Prophecies of Amos: BACK TO BASICS REBUKE (8:4-8): PISHEI YISRAEL REVISITED PART 2: THE WAGES OF SIN Section 2: Verse 6 Amos comes full circle by rebuking the merchants of Shomeron for selling the innocent--but what does this phrase mean? Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #80: The Prophecies of Amos: BACK TO BASICS REBUKE (8:4-8): PISHEI YISRAEL REVISITED What is the Pride of Ya'akov? When and why does God take an oath? Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #81: The Prophecies of Amos: BACK TO BASICS REBUKE (8:4-8): PISHEI YISRAEL REVISITED Why does Amos invoke the Nile to describe God's punishment to his Northern audience? Is an earthquake part of the Divine arsenal in Tanakh? Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #82: The Prophecies of Amos: DAY OF DOOM The image of darkness at midday is a striking one, recalling one of the darkest days in biblical history for the House of David: the fall of Yoshiyahu at Megiddo--at least according to the classical commentators. But why would an Israelite audience care about the downfall of a Judean king? Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #83: The Prophecies of Amos: DAY OF DOOM Amos's vivid description of mourning raises an intriguing question: What is the origin of Jewish mourning practices? Is this an expression of existing customs, or a new enactment? Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #84: The Prophecies of Amos: DAY OF DOOM One of Amos's most famous images is the famine for the word of God, but what meaning does it hold for his audience and for Midrashic exegetes centuries later? Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #85: The Prophecies of Amos: DAY OF DOOM The description of the search for God's word uses imagery which seems at first glance to be contradictory: are the searchers reeling like drunkards, or earnestly focused on surveying the four corners of the earth? Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Shiur #86: The Prophecies of Amos: DAY OF DOOM Is Amos 8 predicting a physical or a spiritual famine? Both the Midrash and the Rishonim provide unsatisfying answers, requiring a fresh approach to the passage. Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
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 Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (1)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (3)
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (2)

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