Dr. Brachi Elitzur
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Dr. Brachi Elitzur Moral Sins and Heresy from Adam until the Flood The first parasha of Sefer Bereishit deals with the cosmo-political events of Creation. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur "You were Rebellious" or "The Kindness of Your Youth" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur The Collective Memory of the Holocaust Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur "Who is this man who walks in the field towards us?" Reading the stories of the forefathers in Sefer Bereishit, one is struck by the brevity of the description of the life and activities of Yitzchak. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur Aharon's Part in the Sin of the Golden Calf ֠From the Torah toChazal Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not their own" Why the decree of exile? Midrashei Chazal offer many instances of judgmental evaluations of biblical characters that are different – sometimes even quite contrary – to the impression we receive from a reading of the plain level of the biblical narrative. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur Yosef's Behavior in the Encounter with his Brothers – Part I One of the most dramatic narratives in the Torah, arousing our emotions anew with each reading, is the story of Yosef's reunion with his brothers following a break of 22 years. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur "This one shall comfort us for our work" The Story of the Flood and the Principle of Teshuva (Repentance) A major part of Parashat Noach is devoted to a description of the construction of the ark, its size and structure, the materials used to build it, and the animals brought inside it. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur "Behold, I Send an Angel Before You" vs. "I Shall Dwell in Their Midst" Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur The Taking of the Blessings – Means vs. Ends At the center of our parasha is the story of how Yaakov obtains the blessings meant for Esav, his brother. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur Who is Targeted by the Theological Display of the Plagues in Egypt? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur The transition from "He gave them a possession… in the best part of the land" to "and they subjugated them and afflicted them" When God forges the Covenant Between the Parts with Avraham, He tells him of a future situation of foreignness, subjugation, and slavery. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur Yaakov – The Exiled Man Yaakov's request of God as he is about to leave Eretz Yisrael may point to the main challenge that he faces, and his success will serve as a model for later generations. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur Remembering the Akeda Absence of any mention of the akeda in later biblical narratives. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur Royal propaganda in the story of Yehuda and Tamar The final third of Sefer Bereishit – from the story of the sale of Yosef until Yaakov's parting words to his sons – recounts what happens from the time that the brothers rid themselves of Yosef until they are reunited in Egypt. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur Yosef's Behavior in the Encounter with his Brothers - Part II In our shiur on Parashat Miketz, we proposed three factors that explain Yosef's behavior towards his brothers throughout the two encounters between them following the long years of separation. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur "For you have striven with God and with men" – Yaakov's Dual Destiny In our shiur on Parashat Vayetze, the point of departure of our discussion was the level of detail in Yaakov's family stories and the seeming absence of any activity on the national level, in comparison to the stories of Avraham and Yitzchak. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Dr. Brachi Elitzur "And He Prostrated Himself, and He Kissed Him" Ambiguity in the Encounter between Moshe and Yitro Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading