Thursday, March 18, 2010

posts so far for parshat wayyiqrāʾ


  1. Vayikra sources -- revamped, with more than 100 meforshim on the parasha and the haftara.
  2. From where did Hashem call Moshe? Rashbam vs. trup -- Rabbi Yehuda Leib Spira contrasts Rashbam with the trup, as to whether Hashem called to Moshe outside the Ohel Moed. I am not convinced that this would bother Rashbam, though.
  3. Is the Samaritan spelling of Yimatzei (with an aleph) correct? Do Chazal have the same? Chizkuni on Vayikra, while masiach lefi tumo, mentions that ימצא is spelled with an א, and notes how Chazal derive something from it. Our masoretic text meanwhile has ימצה. But the Samaritan text has it with an aleph! This variation in spelling of an em hakeriah is much more innocuous than the possibility of having lost an entire word in the masoretic text, discussed in parashat Vayakhel. There is even more to this, which I hope to follow up upon in a subsequent post.

  1. Vayikra sources -- links by aliyah and perek to an online Mikraos Gedolos, and many meforshim on the parsha and haftara.
  2. The small aleph as an indicator of Moshe's loss of gedulah. I ruminate on Rav Yonasan Eibeshutz's novel interpretation of the small aleph of Vayikra. See also the discussions of this feature from previous years.
  3. The role of korbanot, al pi Shadal -- why bring korbanot? what are their purpose? is Shadal reading his own rationalism into the pesukim? And in the comment section, Mississipi Fred MacDowell takes on that question at greater length.
  4. Baal HaTurim, Gematriot in parshat Vayikra, and cow and sheep gaits -- an analysis of Baal HaTurim at the beginning of parshat Vayikra. What are his motivations?
  5. A short question about the leaven in the Mincha offering. What about chametz that naturally occurs, as opposed to via a leavening agent?
  6. The trup on min habeheima, and what is has to do with the relationship between the olah of animals and of birds. Based on Ibn Ezra, Ramban, and finally, Shadal. Ramban's parsing appears to be against the trup. This is also discussed in the third post in the 2008 section, but this is in more detail.
  1. Shadal's theory about the small aleph in Vayikra, based on duplication of letters.
  2. Bris melach -- Arab princes even today (in the days of Shadal) made covenants by eating together bread with salt. And Milgrom discusses a Neo-Babylonian letter.
  3. In Shadal's Vikuach, he discusses how Ramban's reading of a pasuk "if you offer from the animals {as opposed to birds}, then you shall offer from the herd or the flock" is against the trup, since the etnachta would have to be placed earlier. Perhaps in 2009 or 2010 I will have time to expand upon this. Thus, Ramban did not feel bound be trup in giving his perush.
  • Moshe's Name. (This was an elaboration of an earlier post on parshat Shemot: The Derivation of Moshe's Name) -- 
    • Both of these consider the merits of an Egyptian etymology of Moshe's name, and argue that a Hebrew etymology is better for several reasons.
  • Rendering Halachic Decisions Before One's Teacher
    • A post based on Daf Yomi Eruvin, but crossing into Vayikra and Shemini. According to one midrash, Nadav and Avihu were punished for rendering a halachic decision before their teacher. The derasha is on the words אֲשֶׁר לֹא צִוָּה אֹתָם, that they were not explicitly commanded this. They derived it from a pasuk in Vayikra 1:7:

      ז וְנָתְנוּ בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן, אֵשׁ--עַל-הַמִּזְבֵּחַ; וְעָרְכוּ עֵצִים, עַל-הָאֵשׁ. 7 And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay wood in order upon the fire.
to be continued...

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