Reading Midrash
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #15: The Outsiders Vayikra Rabba 3:2 Vayikra Rabba 3:2 is once again a petichta: This passage does not open with the standard “Rabbi X opened (patach)” which is the signature opening of a petichta. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #16: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 16 Vayikra Rabba 3:3 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #16: Vayikra Rabba 3:3-4 Repentance and the Digestive Tract Vayikra Rabba 3:3, like its predecessor, is a petichta that lacks the standard opening form: “Rabbi X opened (patach).” Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #17: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 17 Vayikra Rabba 3:5 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #17: Vayikra Rabba 3:5 Dream Sequence Vayikra Rabba 3:5 continues the previous section’s focus on bird sacrifices, leaving behind altogether the subject of the meal offering. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #18: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 18 Vayikra Rabba 3:6 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #18: Priestly Blessings Vayikra Rabba 3:6 moves on to the next verses in the Torah, Vayikra 2:2-3. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #19: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 19 Vayikra Rabba 3:7 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #19: Vayikra Rabba 3:7 Torah in a Pan As in parasha1, the last section of parasha 3 is not an integral part of Vayikra Rabba but a later addition; it is absent from most of the manuscripts. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #20: Opposites Attract With this class we will fast-forward to Vayikra Rabba Parasha 20. This section deals with Chapter 16 of Vayikra, the beginning of what we know as Parashat Acharei Mot. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #20: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 20 Vayikra Rabba 20:1 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #21: Primary Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 21 Vayikra Rabba 20:2 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #21: Vayikra Rabba 20:2 “How (Not) to Enjoy Life” Vayikra Rabba 20:2 picks up on the previous petichta’s concern with suffering in this world, but from a different angle. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #22: Primary Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 22 Vayikra Rabba 20:3 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #22: A Wedding and Two Funerals Vayikra Rabba 20:3-4 Section three of parasha 20 is essentially a story introduced through a petichta form: R. Abba ben Kahana opened his discourse by citing: "I said of laughter: It is mingled" (Kohelet 2:2). Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #23: Crime and Punishment Vayikra Rabba 20:5-7 Vayikra Rabba 20:5 is a brief petichta which continues the theme of the injustice of the deaths of Nadav and Avihu. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #23: Primary Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 23 Vayikra Rabba 20:5-20:7 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #24: A Multiplicity of Sins Vayikra Rabba 20:8-10 This section continues the attempt to identify the sin for which Nadav and Avihu were punished. Bar Kappara lists no less than four sins for which the brothers died. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #25: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 25 Vayikra Rabba 20:10 (continued) Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #25: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory Vayikra Rabba 20:10 (continued) The midrash now opens up a new approach to the question of the sin of Nadav and Avihu. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #26: Cover-Up Vayikra Rabba 20:11-12 The final two sections of parasha 20 of Vayikra Rabba move away from the focus on the reasons for the deaths of Nadav and Avihu. Section 11 further investigates the verse from Bemidbar cited earlier in the parasha. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #26: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 26 Vayikra Rabba 20:11-12 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #27: The Last Kings of Judah In the final classes of this course, I would like to examine an extended sippur darshani, or midrashic story, which appears in Vayikra Rabba 19:6. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #28: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lectures 28-30 Vayikra Rabba 19:6 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #28: Coup d’Etat Vayikra Rabba 19:6 Part II Having surveyed the biblical sources on which it is based, we are now ready to begin our study of the midrashic account of the careers of King Yehoyakim and King Yechonya. Reading Midrash

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