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interpretation of parts of Tanach by close reading, not derivation

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A shalom zachor is certainly the exception rather than the rule. And even given that, if I were the one instituting the practice (pardon my convenient historical abstraction) I think I would have no p …
answered Aug 18 '11 by WAF
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Interesting question! But Moshe need not have literally been judging all day long for Yisro's point to be legitimate. נָבֹל תִּבֹּל גַּם אַתָּה גַּם הָעָם הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר עִמָּךְ כִּי כָבֵד מִמְּךָ …
answered Jan 22 '19 by WAF
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According to Rash"i (on B'reshis 37:17), Ya'akov's other ten sons used the word דת on their way to plot against Yosef.
answered Dec 28 '10 by WAF
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The pasuk to which you refer describes Mard'chai as being both a Y'hudi and a Y'mini. The former term is the one that, in modern parlance, is translated as "Jew". In this case Y'hudi is a demonym re …
answered Jan 10 '14 by WAF
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It has to do with the fact that in this case, the same incident recorded later in the Torah, seems to tell us that it was Moshe's own decision (and the populace's initiative) to send the mission. We d …
answered Jun 2 '10 by WAF
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Based on the k'siv, in which "אשדת" is only one word, I have heard it being related to the independent word אשדת, meaning waterfall, as in "תחת אשדת הפסגה". (D'varim 4:49)
answered Dec 23 '10 by WAF
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Does the following idea have any validity? Is it brought down anywhere? When members of the tribes of R'uven and Gad approached Moshe to unwaveringly request settlement on the east bank of the Jordan …
asked Jul 19 '11 by WAF
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There might be a big difference between "ideas" and "lessons", but perhaps you are referring to the assumption that the g'mara gives preference to earlier p'sukim over later ones when choosing proofte …
answered Jan 1 '15 by WAF
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In describing the layout of B'nei Yisra'el's camp in the wilderness, the Torah records four groups (called d'galim) comprising 3 tribes each, and lists them in order, dictating a diagram of how they t …
asked Aug 28 '11 by WAF
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וַתְּדַבֵּ֨ר מִרְיָ֤ם וְאַהֲרֹן֙ בְּמֹשֶׁ֔ה Separating Miriam as the subject of one clause from Aharon as the subject of another clause is not syntactically plausible for a couple reasons: They …
answered Jun 15 '11 by WAF
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However this is the only Shabbos that has a special name simply because of what we read in the Parsha. This is also the only parasha that has an extremely visible, long, brick-formatted, column-w …
answered Jan 10 '11 by WAF
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My instinct, having done no research on the topic, suggests that Rash"i is in fact softening both ends of the descriptive spectrum to make the point that "there are no X people, just X questions". N …
answered Jan 24 '10 by WAF
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According to the midrash to which you allude (Sh'mos Raba 9:8), Par'o was intentionally hiding from people in order to lead them to the false conclusion that he was a deity. If so, I would assume he l …
answered Dec 31 '10 by WAF
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I think there are two important points to be made in considering this question. 1) Many of the insights provided to us by the midrashim regarding Avraham's "youth" (i.e. up to 70 years old, when we a …
answered Oct 17 '10 by WAF
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I heard a shi'ur that cited the Pa'ne'ach Raza giving three answers to this question: He actually wanted people to see him there because they would see him acting toward the river in a degrading way …
answered Jan 2 '11 by WAF

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