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Amalek- Perspectives on Mechiat Amalek

1. A brief analysis of the nature of the particular brand of evil exemplified by Amalek. Also: Why do we particualrly have a mitzvah of Tzedakah on Purim?

2. Putting the obligation to destroy Amalek into perspective. 

The secret of the Mishkan: an adventure in peshat and derash!

A key aspect of the deeper meaning of the text and meaning of the Mishkan parshiyot emerges alongside the revelation of the meaning of a constellation of seemingly bizarre midrashim. A beautiful example of how to learn peshat, derash and the relationship between them.

Yeish Mukdam Umeuchar BaTorah: The Mishkan and the Egel.

Order and structure is closely linked to meaning and message. These shiurim explore many new vistas that are revealed based on the Ramban's understanding of chronology and sequence in the Mishkan- Egel narrative. Some of the issues that are clarified include the mystery of the mizbaich hazahav/ ketoret; the aron- ohel mix-up and the overall structure of Sefer Shemot and Vayikra. 

The Mystery of Esther's Silence

Why was Esther instructed to be silent about her identity? Why did Mordechai make a point of advertising his? What was the real plan? A different way of looking at the story of Purim. 

What did Lavan do?

An analysis of "Tze Ulmad", explaining what we are saying about Lavan and Pharoah, were it comes form- and what it all says about the Haggadah in general. Also-  a look at Bilaam and Lavan. 

What is wrong with the Chacham?- another look at the Haggadah

People assume that the Chacham is the hero of the Haggadah, and that he is the counterpoint to the Rasha. Not necessarily. 

Both actually have their shortcomings, and they are more similar than we might have thought!

Critical lessons from the Haggadah (and from the Torah) for all of us chachamim!  

The Hizkiyahu Chapters: The hinge of Sefer Yishayahu

An analysis of the transition between the two major sections in sefer Yishayahu, which relay the Hizkiyahu narrative. A fascinating study, shedding crucial light on the sefer as a whole, in addition to delving into this pivotal section. 

Yishayahu chapters 5-12 and 29

An analysis of a very beautiful, major section of Sefer Yishayahu.

Machar Chodesh: an analysis of the Relationship of Yonatan and David

An interpretation of "Machar Chodesh", and of the Relationship of Yonatan, David and Shaul in general.

"Kaasher zamam velo kaasher assah": A case study in the interface between Torah SheBaal Peh and Torah SheBichtav

A different reading of an extremely famous (and misunderstood) midrash chazal. Through a deep reading of the peshat, we gain insight into the concept behind a difficult halachah.

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