Reading Midrash
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #14: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 14 Vayikra Rabba 3:1 (cont.) 06 - פרקי נביאים בספר מלכים (3)
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #01: What is Midrash? Welcome to “Reading Midrash Aggada”! In this class you will gain the tools necessary to study classical midrashic texts on your own. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #02: Vayikra Rabba 1:1 (Part 1 of 2) The literary form that perhaps most defines midrash aggada of the amoraic period (200-500 CE), and Vayikra Rabba in particular, is known as the petichta. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #02: Primary Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lectures 2 & 3 An English translation will follow the Hebrew. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #03: Vayikra Rabba 1:1 (Part 2 of 2) The next section of the petichta advances both agendas, the interpretative and the ideological. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #04: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture #4 Petichta verse. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #04: Vayikra Rabba 1:2 (Part 1 of 2) The second petichta in parasha 1 of Vayikra Rabba opens with a petichta verse from Hosea 14:8. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #05-06: Vayikra Rabba 1:3 – "AKA Moshe Rabbeinu” As we noted in the previous lecture, Vayikra Rabba 1:3 is, in fact, a continuation of the petichta that began in 1:2. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #05: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lectures 5 & 6 I General Statement of Method Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #07: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 7 Vayikra Rabba 1:4 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #07: One Verse, Three Great Men: Vayikra Rabba 1:4 This section of Vayikra Rabba 1 presents another variation on the petichta form. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #08: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 8 A - Interpreting Mishlei. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #08: Proverbial Midrash - Vayikra Rabba 1:5-6 In this lecture, we will study two short petichta'ot. These two passages are similar in that they both cite verses from Mishlei (Proverbs) as their petichta verses. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #09: Of Councilors and Kings: Three Parables and a Numerology With section seven, the Midrash begins to move away from presenting petichta’ot on the first verse of Vayikra toward a more general discussion of the opening verse of the book. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #09: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 9 The Lord Called Unto Moshe. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #10: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 10 Vayikra Rabba 1:9 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #10: Between Sinai and the Mishkan Vayikra Rabba 1:9-12 Vayikra Rabba 1:9 is a short piece which continues the theme of Moshe’s greatness relative to other prophets. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #11: Between Prophets and Prophets Vayikra Rabba 1:13 is an extended meditation on the difference between Jewish and Gentile prophets. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #11: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 11 Vayikra Rabba 1:13 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #12: Mirror Images Vayikra Rabba 1:14-15 Section 13 of Vayikra Rabba, which we examined in the last lecture, detailed the differences between Jewish and Gentile prophecy. Now, the midrash in section 14 turns to discuss the difference between Moshe’s prophecy and that of other prophets. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #12: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 12 Vayikra Rabba 1:14-15 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #13: Vayikra Rabba 3:1 “A Fistful of Torah ... for a Few Shekels More” This class begins our study of Vayikra Rabba parasha 3, which focuses on Vayikra 2:1 and the passage that follows, which discusses the korban mincha, the meal offering. Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #13: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 13 Vayikra Rabba 3:1 Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #14: More Hands Full As we saw in the previous class, Vayikra Rabba 3:1 is a petichta which offers multiple explanations of Kohelet 4:6, “Better is a handful of quietness than both the hands full of labor and pursuit of the wind.” Reading Midrash
Dr. Moshe Simon-Shoshan Shiur #15: Sources for “Reading Midrash Aggada,” Lecture 15 Vayikra Rabba 3:2 Reading Midrash

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