Thursday, November 24, 2005

Posts so far for parshat Chayyei Sarah

  • The Pluperfect יֹשֵׁב a(2005)
    • Relevant to parshat Vayera and Chayyei Sara, we compare three instances of the verb יֹשֵׁב written deficiently, and show how midrash treats them the same and differently.
  • Proof of Gilgul (2005)
    • It's a joke
  • Why a shalshelet? (2005)
    • An explanation based on the science of trup.
  • Was the Servant of Avraham Eliezer? (2004)
    • An analysis of the identification of Eliezer with the servant of Avraham. Most obviously, Chazal's closed canon approach. But even on a peshat level, we show a reason to equate the two. Why would the Torah not mention it, if so. From the perspective of literature, other people in this narrative are deliberately not mentioned by name - Rivka, Lavan, Betuel - even though their names are known from elsewhere - and this for deliberate literary effect. Compare with the story of Moshe being born and placed in the Nile, where proper names are also deliberately omitted.
  • לוֹ, לוּ, לֹא אֲדֹנִי שְׁמָעֵנִי - part 1 (2003)
    • Aleph and Vav are matres lectiones, "mothers of reading," and in reality can and do fill many vowel roles. What different perspective of the interaction between Efron and Avraham do we get it we revocalize all the above as לוּ and change the locations of pasuk break to always give us לוּ אֲדֹנִי שְׁמָעֵנִי?
  • לוֹ, לוּ, לֹא אֲדֹנִי שְׁמָעֵנִי - part 2(2004)
    • Further thoughts and developments on the same subject. Plus what Tg Yonatan does with this.
  • Waterloo (2003)
    • A joke which matches well with the two aforementioned divrei Torah.
  • Sarah's Daughter (2003)
    • The derivation of a midrash that states that Sarah had a daughter who died on the same day that Sarah died.

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