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ALL TORAH PORTIONS 
DIVREI TORAH 

GENESIS 

 Bereishit 

Differing Conceptions of the Divine Creator
Prof. Marc Zvi Brettler

The Making of Adam: Understanding the Midrash in Light of Plato and the Pseudepigrapha  
Malka Simovich



Noach

The Torah’s Version of the Flood Story
Rabbi Norman Solomon Ph.D. 

Heretics, Mystics and Abraham’s Mother 
Rabbi David D. Steinberg


Lech Lecha

“The Land that I will Show You”
Who was Living  in the Land when Abraham Arrived?
Yigal Levin Ph.D.

Abraham as the Great (Un)Circumciser :A Surprising Midrashic Portrait of Abraham 
Malka Simkovich


Vayera

The Sacrifice of Isaac in Context: Recovering a Lost Ending of the Akedah
Dr Tzemah Yoreh

God’s Appearance to Abraham: Vision or Visit?
Dr. Ben Zion Katz 


Chayei Sarah

Aging Gracefully 
Dr Erica Brown

 Abraham Premature Obituary  

Our Step Mother: Keturah 


Toledot 

Reactive and Proactive : The Two Versions of Jacob 
Rabbi Dr. David Frankel 


Vayeitzei

Jacob’s Deal with God 
Rabbi Zvi Grumet

Maternal Impressions – From Sheep to Humans 
Rabbi Zev Farber Ph.D.


Vayishlach

Did Reuben Lie with Bilhah? Yes,  No, 
We Don’t talk about it!
Shani Tzoref Ph.D. 

Literary Parallels in Bereishit 34-38 and 1 Samuel 
Rabbi Shmuel Klitsner



Vayeshev 
(Next Year!) 


Mikketz

It’s Never too late 
Miryam T. Brand, Ph.D.


Vayigash

What Did the Joseph Want From the Brothers? A Surprising Perspective 
Rabbi Dr. David R. Blumenthal 

Judah Recognizes Joseph: The Hidden Factor Behind His Speech
Dr B. Barry Levy


Vaychi 

Is the Torah a Pentateuch or Hexateuch? 
Prof. Marc Zvi Brettler 

 When a Grandfather Doesn’ Recognize his own Grandsons  
Rabbi Zev Farber Ph.D.

EXODUS

Shemot

The Birth of Moses: Between Bible and Midrash שמות
Prof.  Jacob L. Wright


Vaeira

Motivating the Leadership of Israel – Plan B 
Rabbi Yoseif Bloch

The Resumptive Repetition (Wiederaufnahme) 

Divine and Historical Revelations in God’s Name 
Rabbi Dr. Zev Farber 


Bo

“The First Month of the Year” 
Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov


Beshalach 
Splitting the Sea, Manna from Heaven, Defeating Amalek: What Makes Something a Miracle? 
Dr. Michael Avioz


Yitro

Preserving Multiple Opinions  
Prof. Jeffrey H. Tigay


Mishpatim 

The Centrality of Law: 4 Accounts of Revelation with 4 Sets of Laws – But One Religion 
Prof. Benjamin D. Sommer


The Prohibition of Meat and Milk: Its Origins in the Text 

Bring the man to the carcass or the carcass to the man? 

Rabbi Dr. Zev Farber 


Terumah

Eternity in the Face of Change Repetition and the Tabernacle
Dr. Amy Cooper Robertson

The Cherubim: Their Role on the Ark in the Holy of Holies
Rabbi Zev Farber Ph.D.


Tetzaveh

The “Garments” of the High Priest: Anthropomorphism in the Worship of God 
Dr Baruch J Schwartz

The Urim VeTumim 
Yoel S.


Ki Tisa

Dancing Erotically with the Golden Calf And Moses’ Decision to Break the Tablets
Dr. David Ben-Gad HaCohen


Vayakhel

Bezalel Ben Uri and The Impotence of Foreign Deities
Rabbi Jeremy Morrison


Pekudei

Aaron the Accommodator 
Dr. Tzemah Yoreh 


LEVITICUS

Vayikra 

“The LORD Spoke to Moses”– Does God Speak?
Dr. Baruch J. Schwartz 


 Tzav

Is God Truly Everywhere? Sacred Space and the Role of Sacrifices
Prof. Baruch A. Levine


Shemini 

The Incident of Nadav and Avihu: A Mysterious Transgression or a Mysterious Deity? 
Prof. Ed Greenstein


Tazria 

Mother and Child:  Postpartum Defilement and Circumcision 
Dr. Tzvi Novick


 Metzora 

Biblical Purification: Was it Immersion? The Archaeological and Textual Evidence 
Dr Haya Katz

The Purification of a Niddah: The Torah Requirement 
Rabbi Zev Farber Ph.D.

The Purification of a Niddah: The Legal Responsibility of the Reader – A Rejoinder
Dr. Yitzhaq Feder 

The Purification of a Niddah:When Silence Matters
Hakham Dr. Isaac Sassoon


 Acharei Mot

The Historical Uniqueness and Centrality of Yom Kippur 
Prof. Isaac Kalimi 


Kedoshim

The Concept of Kedusha (Sanctity)
Prof. Israel Knohl


Emor

The Embarrassing Case of the Blasphemer Did God Really Want him Dead?
Dr Serge Forlov

The Prohibition of Shaving in the Torah and Halacha
Rabbi Zev Farber 


Behar

The Jubilee Real Estate Law: Cities vs. Villages Or Houses vs. Farmsteads  
Prof. Avraham Faust


Bechukotai

How Do We Conceive the Divine? 
Prof. Marvin A. Sweeney

 

NUMBERS

Naso 

Nazir Shimshon:The Critical and Traditional Approaches 
Ely Levine Ph.D 

What was the role and prominence of a Nazir? – Was Shmuel the prophet a Nazir? – Does God or a Voice speak from between the CherubimThe Priestly Benediction


 Beha’alotecha

The Evolution and Innovation of Pesach Sheni  
Dr Stephen Garfinkel 

Chronology is the backbone of History – Two versions of the Quail Story – Moses’  Ethiopian Wife


Shlach

The Scout Story: A Guided Reading 
Dr. Rachel Havrelock

Why was Joshua Singled out by Moses? A new insight into an age old question 
Rabbi Dr. Zev Farber 

Parsha Tabs
Whose Idea was it to Send Scouts?

Who were the Loyal Scouts?  Caleb and Joshua or only Caleb?

What Melacha did the Wood Gatherer Violate?


Korach

The Mysterious  Literary Life and Death of Korah
Dr. Rachel Adelman

The Double Rebellion  and the Defense of God’s Chosen 

Why Were we demoted? The Levite Rebellion Against The Priesthood 
Prof. Emerita Adele Berlin 

Korah, Datan and Abiram:  A Case Study For The Methods of Academic Biblical Studies 

Parsha Tabs 
How did Korach Die? 
Where did On Disappear to? 
“I have not Taken a Donkey!”


Chukat

The Rites of the Red Heifer 
Prof. Rabbi Michael Chernick 

Is it Possible to Make Sense of a Biblical Ritual
Prof. Ed Greenstein


Balak

A Pagan “Prophet Like Moses” – Balaam and the Problem of Other People’s Revelation 
Dr Seth Sanders

Who was Balaam’s God: YHWH El? Or Bull El? 
Rabbi Dr. Robert Harris 

Is Balaam a Hero or a Villain


Pinchos

How Ancient Scribes Tried to Make Sense of the Composite Story of Baal Peor 
Dr Itamar Kislev

Moses: A Betwixt and Between leader  
Jill Katz Ph.D.

What Do Genealogies Teach Us About Torah?


Matot 

Redacting the Relationship to the Transjordanian Tribes: Kinship versus Commandment
Dr. Jacob Wright

The Tribe of Gad and the Mesha Stele 
Aaron Koller Ph.D.

 


Masay 

Why Conclude with the Daughters of Zelophehad?
Dr. David A. Bernat

DEUTERONOMY

Devarim

Sefer Devarim’s Jewish  Democratic and Egalitarian Agenda
An In-Depth Studyof Deuteronomy’s  Polemical Revision of the Yitro/Judges Account
Rabbi Dr. David Frankel 

It is Very Close to You: Why Devarim Matters to Jews Today
Shoshana Cohen

The Opening of Devarim: A Recounting or Different Version of the Wilderness Experience?

Expanding Torah: Redaction Criticism – Modern Midrash 

The Ibn Ezras Secret (12thCentury): Late Editorial Comments in the opening Chapters of Deuteronomy 
Rabbi Zev Farber Ph.D.

The Significance of Ibn Ezra’s Position that Verses were Added to the Torah 
Rabbi Zev Farber Ph.D.


Va-Etchanan

The Cycle of Life and Torah: Accepting Our Mortality
Dr. Moshe Lavee

The Two Shabbat of the Decalogue: A Historical Approach 
Rabbi Norman Solomon Ph.D.


Eikev

The Golden Calf: Comparing the Two versions 

Theological Revolution In Devarim
Dr. S. Tamar Kamionkowski

What was the Golden Calf?: Exodus Versus Deuteronomy 
Deena Grant Ph.D. 


R’eh

Deuteronomy: Religious Centralization or Decentralization?
Dr. Baruch Alster

Meat or Murder?  Dietary Dilemmas in Biblical Law
Dr Yitzhaq Feder


Shoftim

Judges who are Magistrates: Who were the Shoftim?
Dr. Mark Leuchter

Stoning the Idolater: The Significance of Proper Procedure
Prof. Shalom Holtz


Ki Tetze

Deuteronomy’s Uncompromising Demand for Women’s Sexual Fidelity
Dr. Cynthia Edenburg

Marrying Your Daughter to Her Rapist 
Rabbi Zev Farber Ph.D. 

The Rape of the Unbetrothed Virgin  in Torah and Assyrian Law:
A Comparative Analysis
Eve Levavi Feinstein, Ph.D.


Ki Tavo

The Surprising Omission of  the Sinai Theophany in the Bikkurim Ritual Declaration
Prof. Rabbi Pamela Barmash

The Novel Introduction of Blessings into our Treaty with God
Prof. Rabbi Pamela Barmash

Did an Aramean (Try to) Destroy our Father?: A Medieval Non-Traditional interpretation 
Rabbi Dr. Marty Lockshin


Nitzavim & Vayelech

Committing to the Covenant “Today”  
Prof. Everett Fox

The Hakhel Ceremony: Who, What, When and Where
Prof. Marc Brettler

Is Judaism Meant to have Exclusive Religious Secrets?
Rabbi David Levin-Kruss 

Are there Secondary Gods?


Ha’azinu

Exploring the Multiple Metaphors for God in Shirat Haazinu
Dr. Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss

Does the Torah End with “The End”?
Prof. Richard Elliott Friedman 


 VeZot HaBeracha

A Bible Scholar’s Simchat Torah: The Joy of Unraveling the Torah’s Mysteries 
Dr Baruch Schwartz