Professors on the Parashah: Studies on the Weekly Torah Reading

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Forty members of the faculty of Bar-Ilan University contribute studies on the weekly Torah reading in this book. These studies reflect the scholarship of Bar-Ilan University at its best—a unique combination of Torah scholarship and knowledge of traditional Jewish sources with excellence in the sciences and humanities. The studies in this volume present novel insights into the weekly Torah readings in light of diverse academic disciplines, synthesizing the sacred with the secular and the spiritual with the ...

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Overview

Forty members of the faculty of Bar-Ilan University contribute studies on the weekly Torah reading in this book. These studies reflect the scholarship of Bar-Ilan University at its best—a unique combination of Torah scholarship and knowledge of traditional Jewish sources with excellence in the sciences and humanities. The studies in this volume present novel insights into the weekly Torah readings in light of diverse academic disciplines, synthesizing the sacred with the secular and the spiritual with the scientific.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is highly recommended for a general audience, particularly of interest for synagogue and school libraries."  —Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

"Anyone interested in Bible study will be captivated by the new insights."  —Lifestyles Magazine

"Utilizing the most advanced scholarship, both religious and secular, and drawing both from religious and scientific sources, this volume treats each and every parsha of Torah learning as a sacred journey—one that regards the reader as an intellectually aware individual, who is being taught, not preached to or admonished."  —Jewish Star

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789657108741
  • Publisher: Urim Publications
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Pages: 359
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Leib Moscovitz is an associate professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is the author of Talmudic Reasoning: From Casuistics to Conceptualization, as well as dozens of scholarly articles.

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Table of Contents

Sefer Bereshit - the book of Genesis
Parashat Bereshit : faith and science in the third millennium 17
Parashat Noah : science and the flood 25
Parashat Lekh Lekha : "O that Ishmael might live by your favor!" 31
Parashat Vayera : what did Sarah see? 36
Parashat Vayera : don't feed the angels 41
Parashat Hayyei Sarah : a parting kiss 47
Parashat Toledot : the magic of blessings 54
Parashat Vayetze : do the dead tell no tales? 56
Parashat Vayishlah : Jacob and Esau : a parting of ways 60
Parashat Vayeshev : Tamar 63
Parashat Vayeshev : Jacob and sons 67
Parashat Miketz : Reuben and Judah : a study in contrasts 71
Parashat Vayigash : "your ancestors went down to Egypt seventy people in all" 77
Parashat Vayehi : "his eyes are darker than wine" 84
Sefer Shemot - the book of Exodus
Parashat Shemot : an hour of favor 89
Parashat Va'era : signs and wonders 94
Parashat Bo : the Jewish calendar 100
Parashat Beshallah : "and Miriam chanted for them" - Kol Ishah? 105
Parashat Yitro : "you shall not murder" - you shall not commit suicide 111
Parashat Mishpatim : cruelty to animals in Jewish tradition 120
Parashat Mishpatim : "when men quarrel, when men fight" 128
Parashat Terumah : an altar of earth or golden cherubs? 135
Parashat Tetzaveh : Hyoscyamus aureus and its relationship to the headdress of the high priest 142
Parashat Ki Tissa : "face to face, heart to heart" 145
Parashat Vayakhel : the glory of God 150
Parashat Pekudei : from mountain to tabernacle 155
Sefer Vayikra - the book of Leviticus
Parashat Vayikra : Nasi - king or leader? 163
Parashat Tzav : the priesthood - privilege and obligation 166
Parashat Shemini : tradition, tradition! 168
Parashat Tazria : in the presence of God 175
Parashat Metzora : birth, purity, and impurity 180
Parashat Aharei Mot : "a woman courts a man" - mnemonic devices for Torah reading 184
Parashat Aharei Mot-Kedoshim : the law of the scapegoat 188
Parashat Aharei Mot-Kedoshim : between holy and holy : on the relationship between Aharei Mot and Kedoshim 196
Parashat Emor : the Sabbath and the holy days 204
Parashat Emor : "he blasphemed God" 209
Parashat Behar : renewal in the Sabbath year 216
Parashat Behukkotai : notes on the concept of holiness - Kadosh, Kedushah 225
Sefer Bemidbar - the book of Numbers
Parashat Bemidbar : introduction to the book of Numbers 233
Parashat Naso : the priestly blessing and social harmony 238
Parashat Beha'alotekha : Moses and Hovav : the art of convincing 243
Parashat Shelah : the order of the list of spies 249
Parashat Korah : a portion in the Lord, a portion in the land 255
Parashat Korah : on controversy 261
Parashat Hukkat : was Og just a tall tale? 267
Parashat Balak : "a houseful of money" 275
Parashat Pinchas : "lighting a candle or filling a vessel"? 280
Parashat Mattot : "in his name, after his name" 284
Parashat Mas'ei : Go'el Ha-Dam - the blood-avenger 290
Sefer Devarim - the book of Deuteronomy
Parashat Devarim : the people's responsibility for their leaders' actions 299
Parashat Va-Ethanan : a wise and discerning people" 304
Parashat Ekev : how many arks were there? 311
Parashat Re'eh : forbidden foods 314
Parashat Re'eh : "Mikketz" - beginning or end? 319
Parashat Shofetim : "you must not deviate" 323
Parashat Ki Tetze : the law of the beautiful captive woman 328
Parashat Ki Tetze : ecology in the Torah 332
Parashat Ki Tavo : traditions of Torah reading for the Tokhehah passages 340
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelekh : the motif of return 345
Parashat Ha'azinu : Hakhel after the destruction of the temple 349
Parashat Ve-Zot Ha-Berakhah : "he shone upon them from Seir; he appeared from Mount Paran" 355
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