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VeZot HaBracha: The Order of Moshe’s Blessings
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This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag VeZot HaBracha is a classic example of a Parsha that almost everyone knows by heart (at least the first three aliyot), but almost no one understands. [That’s because it is read numerous times in shul, but its words are very difficult […]
Ha’azinu: The Five Songs in Tanach
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This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag “Shirat Ha’azinu” is one of five ‘songs’ found in the Tanach. We begin this section by demonstrating that each song marks the end of an important time period. As we will see, this analysis can greatly enhance our appreciation of “Shirat […]
Haazinu: Moshe Rabbeinu’s Last Day
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This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Parshat Vayelech opens with Moshe’s farewell to Bnei Yisrael, in which he informs them that he will soon die and reassures them that Yehoshua will take over and fulfill what God had promised (see 31:1-6). The opening pasuk of the parsha […]
The Purpose of Shirat Haazinu
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This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Who’s to blame when something goes wrong? In regard to tragedy that befalls the people of Israel, Parshat Ha’azinu offers a very bold, yet fundamental answer. In the following shiur, we will study the introduction to ‘shirat Ha’azinu’ (found at the […]
Vayelech: Mitzvat Hakhel and Har Sinai
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This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Were we all at Ma’amad Har Sinai? According to “pshat,” only the generation that left Egypt was granted this privilege. According to the popular Midrash, however, the “neshama” [soul] of every Jew, of every generation, witnessed that momentous event. In this […]
Nitzavim: Back to Har Sinai and Gan Eden
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This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Can man return to Gan Eden? Even though Parshat Breishit may have left us with the impression that the Garden’s gates (guarded by the ‘keruvim’ and a fiery sword / see Breishit 3:24) remain inaccessible to man forever, Parshat Nitzavim may […]
Ki Tavo: The Finale of the Main Speech
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This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Saying ‘thank-you’:  Ask any mother – it’s not enough to ‘think’ it – a child has to say it.  For some reason, a verbal declaration, be it of gratitude or regret, is of paramount importance not only for the listener, but […]
Ki Teitzei: The Message of Tzara’at
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This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag There are two pesukim in this week’s Sedra that can be understood in many different ways, yet no matter how we interpret them, their underlying message is especially important for the month of Elul (and the rest of the year as […]
Ki Teitzei: The Dibrot and Mitzvot of the Main Speech
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This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Mitzvot, and more mitzvot; and all kinds of mitzvot – that would certainly sums up Parshat Ki Teitzei.  Yet, it’s not clear why we find such a wide assortment and random progression of laws specifically at this point in Sefer Devarim? […]
Shoftim: Long Live the King…
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This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag What is the ideal form of leadership for Am Yisrael: a NAVI [a prophet]; a SHOFET [a judge]; a KOHEN [a priest]; a MELECH [a king]? As Parshat Shoftim mentions each of these four ‘models’, in this week’s shiur we discuss […]