Friday, March 05, 2010

Posts so far for parshat Ki Tisa

  1. Gra on trup, in Ki Tisa -- an additional derivation that a wealthy person should not spend liberally on charity more than 1/5th.
  2. Ki Tisa sources -- revamped, with more than 100 meforshim on the parsha and haftara.
  3. The hint from the palindrome, venatenu -- Continuing my roundup of interpretations of the Vilna Gaon on trup, on the second pasuk of Ki Sisa, the Gra interprets the kadma v'azla on the palindrome,v'nat'nu.
  4. Moshe, dying for our sins? While the concept of the righteous of the generation absorbing punishment for the generation is not entirely without precedent or manifestation in Jewish theology, it features quite prominently in Christian doctrine. So it is somewhat surprising that Rambam understands an offer by Moshe Rabbenu in Ki Sisa to be just that, and that Ramban refers to Isaiah 53, the Suffering Servant, as precedent. Especially since Ramban understands that section to refer to the collective, rather than to a specific individual. The answer may well be that Ramban is not arguing for this position, but rather against it.

  1. Ti Sisa sources -- by perek and aliyah, plus many meforshim on the parsha and haftarah. Great for preparing Shnayim Mikra. This week I added a new commentator, Ibn Janach.
  • Rapprochement of Brothers - cross-listed from parshat Tetzaveh
    • Moshe is commanded to bring his brother near. Does the happen before or after the sin of the Golden Calf? If so, this might be vindication of Aharon's actions. A midrashic analysis to see if we might deduce Aharon's motivations.
  • Recommended Post: Ibn Ezra on the Egel
    • a peshat based defense of Aharon and the majority of Israelites.
  • Al Tikra: Seeing/Fearing
    • Aharon "saw this" and built the altar. How we might read it as "feared," and a midrash that does this in a different context.
  • (posted on parshat Vayikra) Extra Ink
    • Moshe comes down from Har Sinai with light emanating from his forehead. One midrash says this was from the extra ink. Where did this ink come from? We might say from the small aleph in Vayikra. And a discussion of this phenomenon.
to be continued...

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