Tagged with Chiasms

Parasha Notes: Yithro 5779

Parasha Notes: Yithro 5779

The book of Exodus, like the rest of the Pentateuch, has a discernible structure, consisting of a number of intersecting chiasms, recurring themes, and heavy use of symbolism, all of which I have written about in the past. One of the more subtle themes of the book is the development of the character of Moses. … Continue reading

Parasha Notes: Wayeira 5778

Parasha Notes: Wayeira 5778

Zohar, Wayeira: What is the meaning of [Genesis 18:4-8]: “Let now a little water be fetched, and wash your feet… And I will fetch a morsel of bread… And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah…  And Abraham ran to the herd… And he took curd, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed…”? … Continue reading

The Unusual Conclusion of Leviticus

The book of Leviticus has a strangely anticlimactic ending. Chapter 24 describes the Sabbatical and Jubilee years and the various laws connected to them, and then chapter 25 has the horrifying terms of the covenant made between God and Israel at Sinai. The ultimate punishment, exile, is mentioned as the means of rectifying the wrong of … Continue reading

המבנה הכיאסטי של פרשת ״ואת יהודה שלח לפניו״

א. מו:כח-ל יעקב יורד מכנען למצרים, ומכריז שעכשיו יכול למות מאחר שהוא ראה את יוסף ב. מו:לא-מז:ו בני ישראל מתיישבים במצרים, מקבלים אחוזת נחלה ומזון מטעם המלכות. לכן,   למרות שהיו זרים בארץ, הם היו בני חורין ולמעלה בסולם הסוציו-אקונומי. ג. מז:ז-יב יעקב נפגש עם פרעה, ומדבר על איך שצרות ימיו קצרו את ימיו מאלה … Continue reading

The Chiastic Structure of Parashath Emor

Rabbi Yonatan Grossman (no known relation) notes the unusual positioning of the commandments mentioned at the end of parashath Emor. Levticus 24:1-4 reiterates, almost verbatim, the commandment to light the Sanctuary menorah given in Exodus 27:20-21, and Leviticus 24:5-9 reiterates the commandment to arrange the showbread, although in more detail than the original commandment in … Continue reading