Who Wrote the Torah According to the Torah?Jewish and Christian tradition ascribes authorship of the Pentateuch to Moses in the 13th century B.C.E. Is this what the Pentateuch itself implies about who wrote it and when? Prof.Christopher A. RollstonWho Wrote the Torah According to the Torah?People participate in helping a scribe complete a Torah scroll. Wikimedia The first five books of the Bible, known as … Continue reading Who Wrote the Torah According to the Torah?
Parshas Bamidbar Shavuos This coming Motza’ei Shabbat, we begin observing the holiday of Shavuot. R’ Yitzchak Arama z”l (Spain; died 1494) asks what he calls a “strong question”: Why does the Torah never mention that Shavuot is the anniversary of the Giving of the Torah? He offers several answers: First, the Torah cannot logically command us to observe the day of receiving the Torah as a holiday. He explains: There is … Continue reading Going to the House of Hashem
Sefer Bamidbar-Lessons of Desolation א. .1 Numbers 1:1-2 ב. במדבר א׳:א׳-ב׳ .2 (א) ַוְיַדֵבּר יקוק ֶאל ֹמ ֶשׁה ְבּ ִמְדַבּר ִסיַני ְבּ ֹאֶהל מוֵֹעד ְבֶּאָחד ַל ֹחֶדשׁ ַה ֵשִּׁני ַבּ ָשָּׁנה ַה ֵשִּׁנית ְלֵצא ָתם ֵמֶאֶרץ ִמ ְצַריִם ֵלא ֹמר. (ב) ְשׂאוּ ֶאת ֹראשׁ ָכּל ֲעַדת ְבֵּני יִ ְשָׂרֵאל ְל ִמ ְשׁ ְפּ ֹח ָתם ְלֵבית ֲא ֹב ָתם ְבּ ִמ ְסַפּר ֵשׁמוֹת ָכּל ָזָכר … Continue reading Parashat Bamidbar / פרשת במדבר
A Vision Given During Troubled Times…To The People Of Jerusalem Living Under The Imminent Threat Of Invasion.In 701, The King Of Assyria, Sennacherib, Sargon’s Son,Came Over With His Army And Invaded The Kingdom Of Judah.We Know From The Assyrian Sources That They Destroyed 46 Of The Cities Of Judah.Narrator: According To The Vision, The Lord Was Trying To Get The Attention…Of A Nation That Had … Continue reading The Mysterious Prophecy of Isaiah 53
Description: The Prohibition Against Touching the Parchment of a Sefer Torah Barehanded It is forbidden to touch the parchment of the Sefer Torah with ones bare hands. As the Gemara discusses in Masechet Shabbat, the Sages enacted a prohibition against direct contact with the parchment, and they went so far as to say that one who touches the parchment barehanded forfeits the credit he would … Continue reading Sefer Torah Barehanded