Pesach to Shavuot 4

Here is the fourth text study as we journey through the Omer.

Text 4 – Genesis Rabbah 96

“Three things did the earthly court decree, and the Holy One, who is blessed, approved their decrees from above”

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Pesach to Shavuot 3

Text 3 – Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 88a

Text 3 – bShabbat88a

“He overturned the mountain like an upturned cask – כפה הקב”ה עליהם את ההר כגיגית.”

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Pesach to Shavuot 2

Here is the second text study for learning during the Omer.

So, here’s text 2 – Mekhilta de Rabbi Ishmael (Bachodesh 3).

Text 2 – Mekhilta de Rabbi Ishmael

“They stood, huddled beneath the mountain.”

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Parashat Shemini: Torah of the Eighth Day, Torah of the Next Day

This is the study sheet from which grew the sermon read at the LJS on 11 April 2015.

It revolves around an extract from Leviticus Rabbah 11:6 (taken from the Academy of the Hebrew Language database)

אמ’ ר’ שמואל בר נחמ’. כל שבעת ימי הסנה היה הק’ מפתה את משה שילך לשליחתו במצרים. ה’ה’ד’ “גם תמול גם שלשום גם מאז דברך אל עבדך”. הרי ששה. בשביעי אמ’ לו. “שלח נא ביד תשלח”. אמ’ לו הק’ב. משה. אתה או’ לי. “שלח נא ביד תשלח”. חייך שאני צוררה לך בכנפיך.

אימתי פרעו לו. ר’ ברכיה אמ’ ר’ לוי ור’ חלבו. ר’ לוי אמ’. כל שבעת ימי אדר היה מבקש תפילה ותחנונים שיכנס לאר’-יש’. ובשביעי אמ’ לו. “כי לא תעבר את הירדן הזה”. ר’ חלבו אמ’. כל שבעת ימי המילואים היה משה משמש בכהונה גדולה וכסבור. שלי הוא בשביעי. אמ’ לו. לא שלך הוא ואלא שלאהרן אחיך הוא. “ויהי ביום השמיני קרא”.

Rabbi Shmuel bar Nachmani said: For all seven days of the bush [the burning bush], God tried to persuade Moses to go on his mission in Egypt. As it says, “NEITHER yesterday, NOR the day before yesterday, NOR since you have spoken to Your servant” (Exodus 4:10). Totalling six [days]. On the seventh day he said to God, “Send, pray Thee, by the hand of whom You will send” (Exodus 4:13). God said to him: Moses, you say to me, “Send, pray thee, by the hand of whom You will send”. By your life, I will tie this in your skirts.

When did he repay him? Rabbi Berekhia gave an answer in the name of Rabbi Levi and Rabbi Chelbo: Rabbi Levi said: For all seven days of Adar, he [Moses] asked in prayer and supplication to enter the land of Israel. On the seventh day God said to him, “For you shall not cross this Jordan” (Deuteronomy 3:27). Rabbi Chelbo said: All seven days of the consecration, Moses served as the high priest and thought, on the seventh day ‘it’s mine’. God said to him, ‘It is not yours, but rather Aaron your brother’s.’ “It came to pass on the eighth day he called” (Leviticus 9:1).

The full study sheet is available here: Parashat Shemini.

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Pesach to Shavuot 1

Revisiting a series of Six Texts for Shavuot (in the lead up to the Omer), here is the first text study as we reach the end of the first week of the Omer.

So, here’s text 1 – Pesikta de Rav Kahana 12:6.

Pesach to Shavuot 1

“If you are not my witness, it is, as it were,  I am not God.”

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