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Introduction To Twelve Minor Prophets – Minor Prophets

Introduction to Twelve Minor Prophets – Trei Asar Introduction Video to Twelve Minor Prophets Timeline of Kings and Events View the timeline of Kings and Events. Babylonian Talmud, Baba Batra 14b תלמוד בבלי מסכת בבא בתרא דף יד עמוד ב ת”ר, סדרן של נביאים: יהושע ושופטים, שמואל ומלכים, ירמיה ויחזקאל, ישעיה ושנים עשר. מכדי הושע […]

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Introduction To Hallel – Psalms Of Hallel

Hallel – Lesson I + PDF Background + Mishneh Torah + Abraham ben David Study Guide For Below Texts Study Guide For Class 1 The Origins of Hallel Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Pesachim 117a תלמוד בבלי מסכת פסחים דף קיז עמוד א אמר רב יהודה אמר שמואל: שיר שבתורה – משה וישראל אמרוהו בשעה שעלו מן […]

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It’s All A Matter Of Words

It is all a matter of words Rabbinic interpretation or “midrash” is founded upon the presumption that the sages saw themselves as the heirs of the Oral Torah, known in Hebrew as Torah sh’baal peh” and that this oral tradition itself had been transmitted by God along with the Written Torah – Torah sh’bihktav. At […]

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Introduction To Midrash On The Exodus – Midrash On The Exodus

Video Introduction Welcome Welcome to Midrash on the Exodus! Our class is four classes and each will focus on a different theme. We’ll be studying Midrashim mainly from the Mechilta of Rabbi Yishmael, the earliest Midrash on Exodus, and from Shmot Rabbah, a later collection. We’ll also look at some Midrash that is found in the […]

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Introduction – (Some) Villains of Tanakh

What makes someone a biblical villain?  I hope that you will keep this question with you as you study some of the biblical characters that have not received favorable press.  Some might seem quite familiar, but I hope that as we study these characters you will reconsider them:  Are they indeed worthy of the title?  […]

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Introduction To Temples And Temptation

Welcome! Solomon had it all: Wisdom, riches, wives, peace, and he lost it all:  Following his death, the United Kingdom split into Judah and Israel, a reality that has remained with the Jewish people until today.  How could such a wise king go so wrong?  We are not the first to wonder.  As we study […]

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Introduction To Recipe For An Empire

Introduction In this course we will focus on biblical materials relevant to the issue of how a fragmented tribal nation became unified, powerful kingdoms.  While the event that we are studying took place about two and a half millennia ago, the ideas and concepts have remained relevant. A little background As you will realize by […]

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Introduction to Megillat Esther

The narrative of the story of Esther creates an atmosphere of a satire.  Details are exaggerated, behavior is crass. The carefully crafted biblical story gives way to comic story telling.  The reader gets the sense that the text is intended for a carnival. The Megilla (scroll) of Esther is colorful and exciting, and hardly inspires […]

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Introduction to Joseph – Oh Brother!

Jerusalem, Kislev 5770 Shalom, Grab a cup of tea (or whatever you like) and something to munch on, and imagine yourself back in the Yeshiva’s Bet Midrash.  Let’s do some learning together. The story of Joseph, the beloved son and hated brother, the slave-turned-prisoner-turned second to the Pharaoh, is too complex to come down to […]

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Jonah – 0 – Welcome Intro

Welcome! Jonah is a book many people are familiar with.  It can easily be simplified into a story that reads well to all ages, and produces pictures of smiling whales. But what is it about?  As Radaq says, “we should ask why this prophecy was included in the Holy Scriptures.”  The lines of good and […]

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