Thursday, March 29, 2012

Posts so far for parshat Tzav


  1. Tzav sources -- further improved.
  2. Tzav in Tetzaveh --  Why does Rashi only analyze the word tzav here?
  3. YUTorah on Tzav


  1. Tzav sources, improved. For example, many more meforshei Rashi.
  2. YU Torah on parshat Tzav.
  3. Zehu midrasho -- a curious, lengthy insertion in parashat Tzav may shed light on a number of such insertions in one Rashi manuscript, and perhaps about this phrase in general.
  4. Shadal's theory about the Urim veTumim -- As a sort of alphabet oracle, similar to Chazal but slightly different.


  1. Tzav sources -- revamped.
  2. Should there be a petucha before Vayikra 7:22 or before Vayikra 7:28? part one and part two. I don't think I got around to part iii, about Or Torah...

  1. Tzav sources -- links by aliyah and perek to an online Mikraos Gedolos, and many meforshim on the parsha and haftara. Because of Pesach posts, probably will be all we have for tzav this year. See previous years, though.
  2. Does parshat Haazinu include a promise that Israel will enjoy forbidden fats? cross-listed from Haazinu. Based in part on an Ibn Ezra in Tzav, that Biblically, cheilev of non-korbanos is permitted.
  1. Was a Copper Vessel Purged and Rinsed With Water?
    • Or purged with something else (namely sand), and then rinsed with water, as Shadal suggests. This would have an impact on trup, Shadal suggests, and I illustrate with helpful trup charts. Then I defend the traditional cantillation, even assuming Shadal's semantic shift, making use of Wickes and his rules of cantillation based on part-of-speech tags as determiners of place of syntactic dichotomy.
  2. The definition of shok -- which is what one gives as a gift to the kohen from the shelamim. But what part is the shok on the cow. And relating to tznius, what is the shok on a person?
  1. Cross-listed from Behaalotecha: Why the repetition of Isha Kushit Lakach?
  2. and again: Why Was Miryam, and not Aharon, punished?
  1. Cross listed from parshas Chayyei Sarah: Why A Shalshelet?
    • In which we discuss the semantic and syntactic causes of the shalshelet, an extremely rare cantillation mark, which appears once in parshat Tzav, and only seven times overall in all of Tanach.
  • Human Sacrifice As Hell On Earth
    • The haftara mentions Gei Ben Hinnom, which was a place for child sacrifice to the idol Molech, where the child was passed between the fires (and perhaps burned). This name, Gei Hinnom, is the word for Hell, and thus it was hell on earth. Unlike some other religion(s), Judaism does not relish child sacrifice.
to be continued...

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