A. Philo was a Jew who lived in Alexandria. He lives between 20 BCE and 50
BCE, so he is a link between the Tanach and midrash because he lives at the
time of the 2nd Beit Hamikdash. Many feel that many of the midrashim after
50 BCE could be
A. According to the text, it seems like Yakov is home just sitting around while
Esav is out in the field, working hard and coming home tired. It seems like
Yakov is being manipulative. You would think that Yakov would just give
Esav the soup
E. According to text differences between Avraham and Lots greeting of the angels:
1. It says Avraham is running to greet them-Vayras and with Lot is says he got
up-Vayakam. Lot is doing good things, but he isnt going out of his way like
Esav and Jacob
A. There was a struggle in the womb because:
1. R Yochanan: They are trying to kill each other. The struggle is over
who will survive. The hook is Laom Milaim Yamas-two nations will
come out and there will be a struggle.
2. Raish Lakish: Th
Biblical Narrative Final
Lot and Sodom:
A.Lot failed in choosing to live in Sodom because he based his reason on his
eyes and not on logic.According to R Mayer, he looks at how beautiful the
land is, but ignores the fact the common fact that the people li
A. The differences between Yakov and Esavs blessing:
1. Yakovs material wealth is dependent on Hashem. But Esavs has no
dependency on Hashem.
2. It seems like Yakov is getting more wealth than Esav
3. By Esav it says, Mishevcha-a fat plac
Abraham and Nimrod
A. What is the question that the Midrash is seeking to answer? If Hashem is blessing
Abraham, why does he have to leave his birthplace?
B. Cite at least two Biblical hooks used as the basis for this Midrash.
The first biblical hook
1). Fundamentally, what is a Midrash? When and where were the first Midrashim
produced? What were the issues of the time that the Midrashists sought to address?
Midrash means to explore, investigate and to examine: to solve a problem in the text of
Stealing of the Blessing:
A. Issac is blind because:
1. It was protecting Issac from all the idol worship that Esav and his
2. Hashem wants to give the bechorah to Yakov, so if Issac is blind then
he wont know and give it to Yakov.
Need the rest
Vratz- cant run to do hachnasat orchim/people would be
suspicious , he just gets up
Opening of At the entrance of the city/by the gate
Who was there?
All of the
Source 1: (Bereishit Perek caf aleph)
This line seems to be repetitive.
Whats the difference between Amar and Diber.
Whats the difference between Pakad and Vayas
Source 2: (Bereishit Rabah)
Same passuk many different views.
Different Rabbis analyze differ
Source Sheet #2
The idea of inclusion and rejection based on the Midrashim:
Included into the covenantal family
Rejected from the covenantal family
*Why were some people part of the
Source Sheet #3- Yishmael
Continuing with the question of inclusive and rejection of Bnei Yisrael.
Source 1: (Berieshit Yud Gimmel)
After Lot separates from Avraham, God tells Avraham to look around and he
promises him many descendants.
Source 2: (Bereish
Source 11: (Perkei Derabi Eliezer (Hayger) Chorev Perek Caf Hey)
The Midrash is sympathetic to Lot, and says he is just like Avraham.
So what is the reason for the difference of the time of day, and location?
The Midrash says the basis for the differences
How can you say Yishmael was doing all of these things if he is only 16 years old? Why
are these Rabbis so harsh on Yishmael?
1. They read into the text and look at his history, and Yishmael will have horrible
Source 12: (Devarim Caf Aleph)
Source 5: (Bereishit Perek Yud Gimmel)
Dispute between Lot and the Shepherds of Avraham.
Part of the Story in the Tanach.
What is Avrahams response to the dispute? That we should separate.
This means there a dispute between Lot and Avraham also.
What is t
Source Sheet #3 -Lot and Sodom
Where did they go when Avraham wanted to separate?
Source 1: (Bereishit Perek Yud Gimmel)
Rabbi Leibtag: when Avraham wants to separate from Lot after they come back
from Egypt, there is a dispute between the shepherds. If y
BASIC OF THE TANACH:
Source 5: (Joshua Caf Daled: Aleph Gimmel)
Where in the Tanach do we have the fact that Terach is an idol worshipper?
We start with the negative: we come from idol worshippers
Then get to the positive.
We say this every year i
Source Sheet #1
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
What does the word Midrash mean? Its a deeper understanding of the Tanach.it comes
from the word Drash, which means a more complex understanding.
What is it known as today? It is a ra
Source 10 (Bereishit Perek Tet Vav)
How does God speak to Abraham when he says you will be a huge nation?
He says look at the sky and you will have as many ancestors as the stars. So this
wording is the illumination.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
What is Ab
Source 6: (Haim Nachman Bialik- The Aggadah)
Why is Halacha more severe than Midrash Aggadah? Because Halacha is law.
There is a difference between Aggadah & Midrash Aggadah:
Aggadah: all non- Halachic rabbinic literature.
Ex: Talmud, Mishnah, Midrash Agg
Question 2: If you choose Abraham why do you need to have him removed from
everything he knows?
Source 13: (Bereishit Raba (Vilna) Parshat Noach, Parshah Lamid Chet: Yud Gimmel)
This Midrash put Abraham against Nimrod
Nimrod is a king at the time of Abrah
Why not Ishmael
A. Hashem decided that Ishmael shouldnt be included into the covenant. The
main reason why he wont be part of it because he not born from Sara, she
determines who is in the covenant. NOT SURE
B. According to the Midrashim, Ishmael is seen