Thursday, February 17, 2011

Posts so far for parshat Ki Tisa


  1. Ki Tisa sources -- further improved and expanded. For example, many more meforshei Rashi.
  2. Was Betzalel a prophet? It might depend on what girsa we have in Onkelos.
  3. The variant text of וְאֶת כָּל כֵּלָיו  -- Considering how the MT differs from LXX and Sam regarding  וְאֶת כָּל כֵּלָיו
  4. YU Torah on Ki Tisa.
  5. Mor dror as musk -- A discussion of deer musk, according to medieval scientific conceptions, in medieval parshanim.
  6. Is the Sichfa a special variant of etnachtaOr, is it an etnachta by another name? Considering this theory, because of an instance of the sichfa in parashat Ki Tisa.
  7. Why should the half-shekel perplex Moshe RabbenuMaybe it did not. But why it might have.

  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 palindromevenatenu -- 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.
  5. Does the midrash whitewash Aharon's role in the cheit ha-Eigel, or does it accentuate the fine nuances of the textYou might guess correctly that I favor the latter interpretation. Prompted by this post at DovBear.
  6. Playing catch with the luchos -- prompted by the following neo-midrash Junior brought home from school:
    Moshe was bringing down the luchos, but because the Jews sinned, theluchos tried to fly back up to shamayim. To prevent this from happening, Moshe threw the luchos down towards earth with all his strength. But nobody caught them, and they shattered on the ground!
  7. Calev ben Yefuneh's double identity -- A Midrash Tanchuma and gemara conflates some Biblical characters, and Ibn Ezra opposes. Could a 170 year old father a child, without the pasuk telling us? If the pesukim go out of their way to make a distinction between Calevs, should we conflate them in a closed-canon approach?
  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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