Rav Gad Eldad
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Gad Eldad The Standing of the Priesthood in Light of the Sin of the Sons of Aharon The tragic deaths of Nadav and Avihu in Parashat Shemini offer an interesting window into the personality of Aharon, from his initial silence to his fraught interaction with his younger brother Moshe. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Gad Eldad “Every One That Is Written To Life” The Meaning of the Purification Ceremony Involving Birds Parashat Metzora outlines an unusual ceremony for purifying a person or house who has recovered from the plague of tzara'at, pointing us toward the Yom Kippur service in the next week's Torah portion. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Gad Eldad “He Shall Pour Out the Blood Thereof”: Does This Have a Negative Connotation? The mitzva to cover the blood of beasts and fowl--but not that of domesticated animals--is an intriguing one, one of the few modern remnants of the sacrificial service. How does this relate to "shedding blood," a term used in the Torah for taking the lives of human beings or other living things? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Gad Eldad Korach’s Fingerprints in the Book of Vayikra The convoluted opening of Parashat Emor foreshadows one of the most significant challenges to the leadership of Moshe and Aharon, when Korach argues that the entire congregation is holy. Is he, in fact, right? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Gad Eldad The Book of the Commandments and the Book of the Covenant The Book of Vayikra comes to a dramatic conclusion--twice. Why does the Torah repeat itself, and what does this have to do with the revelation at Mount Sinai--and the conclusion of the entire Torah almost forty years later? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Gad Eldad “But Do Not Rebel Against the Lord” Parashat Shelach describes the sin of the spies. Why was this sin, in contrast to the other sins of the people in the desert, treated so harshly? In this shiur, we will study the background for the people's complaints in the desert in an attempt to understand what made the sin of the spies particularly egregious. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Gad Eldad “What Would an Astute Man Like Korach See in This Nonsense?” In this shiur, we will study the various groups that took part in Korach's rebellion against Moshe and Aharon. What were the aims of the disparate groups, and how did the test and punishment proposed by Moshe properly respond to the complaint? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Gad Eldad “To do well to you at your end” – Complaints of the next generation In this shiur, we will discuss the complaints of Bnei Yisrael described in Parashat Chukat. These are the complaints of those destined to enter into Eretz Yisrael, but they seem similar to those of the earlier generation. What can we learn about these complaints based on God's reaction to them? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Gad Eldad And Bilam Remained Alone – A Spiritual Mirror-Narrative In this shiur, we will discuss various aspects of the story of Bila'am. What was Bila'am trying to accomplish, and what is the significance of the strange story of the donkey? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Gad Eldad “The Daughters of Tzelofchad Speak Rightly”?! Parashat Pinchas describes the appeal of the daughters of Tzelofchad. By comparing their request and Moshe's response to the story of the request that brought about the law of Pesach Sheni, we will discover that both incidents teach us something about conflicts between individual and communal interests. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Gad Eldad The Conclusion of Sefer Bamidbar Sefer Bamidbar concludes with a verse that reads: "These are the commandments and the judgments which the Lord commanded by the hand of Moshe to Bnei Yisrael in the plains of Moav by the Jordan near Yericho." What is the significance of the location in which these commandments were given, and to which commandments does this verse refer? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Gad Eldad Tish’a Be-Av as a Festival The Meaning of the Three Weeks

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