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Jul 11, 2019, 11:50 PM
Midrash Tanchuma Ballak: Anatomy of a Jew-hater
If there’s any one verse dripping with irony in this week’s portion it’s this one (22:6) when, Ballak, the king of Moav is instructing Balaam - the Prophet for hire - to curse the Jews: “Come then, put a curse...
Jul 4, 2019, 12:13 AM
Midrash Tanchuma Chukat – embracing the unknowable
These are the laws of the Torah that defy rational explanations. That is a nonliteral translation of the opening words of this week’s parsha. The Midrash Tanchuma goes so far as to say that our “yetser harah” (evil inclination) uses...
Jun 26, 2019, 10:34 PM
Midrash Tanchuma Korach: Titus and the Gnat
To understand why Korach’s end came in a frightening, public display of G-d’s domination over nature, the Midrash Tanchuma shares the story of another infamous rebel. But first, the Midrash Tanchuma sets down the ground rules. G-d has lots of tools...
Jun 23, 2019, 1:42 PM
Shelach: Miracles are in the eye of the beholder
Parshat Shelach: Miracle Fruit or Food for Giants: miracles are in the eye of the beholder The spies, according to the Midrash, saw funerals wherever they went and concluded “this is a land that consumes it’s inhabitants.” When, actually, G-d...
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