The Weekly Midrash
מרצה Title תקציר סידרה
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Behar: “If Your Brother Become Poor” The meeting between the wealthy and the indigent is a rich topic in Vayikra Rabba. The expounding of two similar verses in Mishlei leads to a deep exploration of the views of wealth and wisdom among the Sages. The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Naso: “Great is Peace” The Midrash lists no fewer than twenty virtues of peace in one passage, allowing us to consider the Sages' view of the importance of this concept, on a personal and a national level. The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Beha’alotekha: The Wonders of the Manna An assortment of Midrashic sources discuss the manna's taste and significance in provocative and compelling ways, stressing the significance of the daily miracle of Israel's life in the wilderness. The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Shelach: “And You Shall See it and Remember" The Sifrei's famous tale of the student saved from sin by the mitzva of tzitzit offers a fascinating insight into the Midrashic conceptualization of the senses of sight and hearing. The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Korach: “I Am Your Portion and Your Inheritance” At the halfway point of the Book of Bamidbar, it is time to consider what themes and messages we can discern in the MIdrashic literature on it. Why are some pivotal stories ignored and obscure subjects explored? The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Chukat: The Unreported Miracles The aggadic re-interpretation of three seemingly mundane stories in Parashat Chukat injects a miraculous element into these accounts of Israel's last days of wandering in the wilderness - and its first steps towards maturity and independence. The Weekly Midrash
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Balak: “And Yisrael Abode in Shittim” The Sifrei on Parashat Balak focuses on the Sin of Baal Peor. Who is at fault, and what relevance does this disaster from three-and-a-half millennia ago have for the modern Jew's encounter with Western culture? 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
Dr. Tziporah Lifshitz Parashat Bamidbar: The Banners in the Wilderness As we begin the Book of Bamidbar, we turn from aggadic to halakhic material--only to find that the Sifrei's focus on law over lore does not stop it from teaching fundamental lessons about the character of the Jewish people.

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