Torah Portion

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Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
Isaiah 49:14–51:3

A Personified Reed Sea

A Personified Reed Sea

A seemingly midrashic interpretation of the the verb נערמו neʿermu in the Song of the Sea finds support in a variant text of Deuteronomy 11:4, preserved both in the Kennicott Bible and the medieval commentator Ḥizquni, that  imagines the Reed Sea in purposive pursuit of the Egyptians.[1]

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David Rothstein
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The Shema's Second Paragraph: An Inner-Biblical Interpretation

The Shema's Second Paragraph: An Inner-Biblical Interpretation

The second paragraph of Shema (Deut 11:13-21) has significant overlaps with the first (Deut 6:4-9), including some identical phrases and core concepts. It was likely written as a later elaboration of the first, a process that may reflect the earliest stages of the Shema becoming a central text.

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Marc Zvi Brettler
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Why Deuteronomy Has an Account of Aaron's Death in the Wrong Place

Why Deuteronomy Has an Account of Aaron's Death in the Wrong Place

Bewildered, Rashi asks why Deuteronomy records Aaron’s death at Moserah (not Mt. Hor) and why it does so in the middle of Moses’ description of his (second) forty-day stay upon Mount Horeb. Academic biblical scholarship sheds light on these questions.

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David Ben-Gad HaCohen
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Who Were the Levites?

Who Were the Levites?

The Torah describes the Levites as a landless Israelite tribe who inherited their position by responding to the call of their most illustrious member, Moses, to take vengeance against sinning Israelites, but this account masks a more complicated historical process.[1]

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Mark Leuchter
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Edom's Copper Mines in Timna: Their Significance in the 10th Century

Edom's Copper Mines in Timna: Their Significance in the 10th Century

Copper has been mined in the Timna Valley since the 5th millennium B.C.E. Recent excavations reveal that the height of activity in the region dates to the 10th century B.C.E. and thus domination of this remote region during this period would have meant control of the lucrative copper industry. Could this be the unwritten backdrop to the Bible’s account of David’s conquest of Edom and Solomon’s great wealth?

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Erez Ben-Yosef
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Aaron Greener
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The Origins of Tefillin

The Origins of Tefillin

How a biblical metaphor was reinterpreted in light of a practice of wearing amulets for bodily protection.

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Yehudah Cohn
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The Good Land of Israel

The Good Land of Israel

What are the favorable qualities of the land of Israel and what is God’s relationship to it?

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David Frankel
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The Shema's Second Paragraph: Concern Over Israel's Affluence

The Shema's Second Paragraph: Concern Over Israel's Affluence

Deuteronomy 11 repeats, reworks, and supplements the core phrases and themes of the Shema paragraph in Deuteronomy 6 in order to teach the Israelites how to deal with one of their major future challenges: the temptations that accompany wealth, comfort, and affluence. 

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Reuven Kimelman
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God, Israelites and Non-Israelites: Embracing Ambivalence

God, Israelites and Non-Israelites: Embracing Ambivalence

A postmodern look at Parashat Ekev’s view on God’s role in politics, the challenge of monotheism in biblical times, and the relative positions of Israel and her neighbors in God’s eyes.

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Adele Reinhartz
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Eikev

עקב

Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

שִׂמְלָתְךָ לֹא בָלְתָה מֵעָלֶיךָ וְרַגְלְךָ לֹא בָצֵקָה זֶה אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה׃

דברים ח:ד

The clothes upon you did not wear out, nor did your feet swell these forty years.

Deut 8:4

Deuteronomy

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