Michael Carasik discusses the parashah of the week from his perspective as Bible scholar, Sabbath-observant Jew, creator of "The Commentators' Bible," and author of "The Bible's Many Voices."
This is Torah Talk for the week of October 17th, 2021 Gen. 18:22 The men went on from there to Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. The Bible says Abraham remained standing before the Lord — but the Masorah (the rabbinic tradition that accompanies the Bible) says it was originally the other way around. […]
Lech Lecha 5782
This is Torah Talk for the week of October 10th, 2021 Gen. 15:12 As the sun was about to set [וַיְהִ֤י הַשֶּׁ֙מֶשׁ֙ לָב֔וֹא], a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a great dark dread descended upon him … 17 When the sun set [וַיְהִ֤י הַשֶּׁ֙מֶשׁ֙ בָּ֔אָה] and it was very dark, there appeared a smoking oven, and a flaming […]
This is Torah Talk for the week of October 3rd, 2021 Gen. 7:11 tells us poetically: All the fountains of the great deep burst apart, And the floodgates of the sky broke open. How did Prov. 3:20 and Isa. 24:18 know this poem? Ed Greenstein explains. This week’s handout: 02 Noach 5782 Learn Biblical Hebrew! Donate via […]
This is Torah Talk for the week of September 26th, 2021 The first two chapters of Genesis tell the story of the creation of the world twice. How do those two stories work together in the Bible as we have it now? (Hint: H is responsible!) This week’s handout: 01 Bereshit 5782 Learn more about the Holiness […]
V’zot ha-Bracha 5781-82
This is Torah Talk for the week of September 19th, 2021 Deut. 33:21 For there is the portion of the revered chieftain [מְחֹקֵ֖ק סָפ֑וּן], Where the heads of the people come [וַיֵּתֵא֙ רָ֣אשֵׁי עָ֔ם]. What is the meaning of these mysterious lines from the blessing of Gad? Did the end of line 1 and the […]
This is Torah Talk for the week of September 12th, 2021 Deut. 32:1 Give ear, O heavens, let me speak; Let the earth hear the words I utter! But … why? Scholar Mark Leuchter asks: Why is the Song of Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy? This week’s handout: 53 Ha’azinu 5781-82 Learn Biblical […]
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