The Weekly Midrash
מרצה Title תקציר סידרה
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Bereishit: The Tree of Knowledge The Torah ascribes three attributes to the Tree of Knowledge. What does the Midrashic exposition of these qualities teach us about the sin in the Garden of Eden? The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Lekh Lekha: Chazal’s Portrait of Avraham Avinu in Bereishit Rabba While the Midrashic parable of Avraham and the burning castle is famous, the context for it is not. In this shiur, we examine the structure of the exposition of Tehillim 45. The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Vayera: From Bringing People Under the Wings of the Shekhina to Hospitality The Midrash explores Avraham's character along two axes, as he preaches ethical monotheism in a sophisticated way while demonstrating the hospitality expected among God's creatures. The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Chayei Sara: Generational Shift: “The Sun Rises and the Sun Sets” The metaphor of sunrise and sunset is integral to understanding the Midrashic conception of generational shift, whether reflecting on the biblical past, the present of Chazal or the future which we encounter. The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Toledot: “And There Was a Famine in the Land Yitzchak is widely known as the ola temima, the burnt-offering without blemish, but why does he merit this appellation? The Midrashic exposition of Tehillim 37 suggests another dimension of Yitzchak's character, particularly relevant in the Amoraic age in Eretz Israel--and our time. The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Vayetze: “Happy Am I! For Daughters Call Me Happy” Leah's joyous declaration at the birth of Asher reflects a deeper truth, according to the Midrash, about herself and her place in the founding of the Nation of Israel. The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Vayishlach: “And He Encamped Before the City” The Midrash analyzes a cryptic verse about Ya'akov after the confrontation with Eisav and before the tragedy of Dina. Its divergent explanations present different The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Noach: The Planting of the Vineyard One of the must curious aspects of the story of the Flood is Noach's ignominious end. The Midrash seeks to explain the psychological implications of surviving the end of the world and attempting to rebuild society