Geography in the Parsha
מרצה Title תקציר סידרה
Prof. Yoel Elitzur Parashat VeZot HaBerakha - Benjamin's Portion The geography of Benjamin’s portion in the land of Israel is unique and, at times, seemingly inexplicable. By examining the various unusual aspects of this narrow piece of land, how can we gain a new appreciation for Benjamin’s central role within the nation of Israel? Geography in the Parsha
Prof. Yoel Elitzur Sukkot: Ka-Arava In the haftara that we read on the first day of Sukkot, the prophet Zechariah declares that in the future, the whole land of Israel will become ka-arava. What is the meaning of ka-arava in this context, and what does this teach us about the nature of the promised redemption? Geography in the Parsha
Prof. Yoel Elitzur Shabbat Sukkot: What Are Sukkot and Why Do We Live in Them? What is the real reason we dwell in booths on the festival of Sukkot, and how can our analysis help us interpret the Torah's explanations for its own statements in general? Geography in the Parsha
Prof. Yoel Elitzur Erev Pesach - Gilgal Where is Gilgal, and how can its location and the traditions associated with it help us appreciate the people of Israel’s experience as they entered their homeland for the first time as a nation? Geography in the Parsha
Prof. Yoel Elitzur Shabbat Chol Ha-mo'ed Pesach: Aviv and Tel Aviv What is the history of the name “Tel Aviv,” and how can this teach us about the mindset of the people who were banished from their homes and their homeland in the Babylonian exile? Geography in the Parsha
Prof. Yoel Elitzur Shevi'i Shel Pesach: The Sea of Suph While most people assume that the Yam Suf - where the people of Israel crossed the sea in spectacular fashion - refers to the Red Sea, many scholars prefer to identify Yam Suf with other bodies of water bordering Egypt. Who is right, and why does it matter? Geography in the Parsha
Prof. Yoel Elitzur Shavu'ot: Sinai There are so many different views regarding the location of Mount Sinai that it is difficult to know which opinions have any credence. Where is Mount Sinai actually located, and how does this inform our understanding of the people of Israel’s journey through the wilderness? Geography in the Parsha
Prof. Yoel Elitzur Erev Rosh Ha-shana - Shiloh What can the excavations at Tel Shiloh and the topography there tell us about the Mishkan at Shiloh, and why is this a perfect haftara topic for Rosh Ha-shana? Geography in the Parsha
Prof. Yoel Elitzur Erev Yom Kippur - The Temple and Azazel Where was the location known in the Torah as “Azazel” located, and what can this teach us about the relationship between Azazel and the Temple Mount on Yom Kippur? Geography in the Parsha

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