A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Text, Translation, and Talking

An adult TorahTutors student wanted to develop skills in translating and understanding biblical commentaries. She and her tutor have learned a wide selection of texts, with an eye towards language and understanding different approaches to interpretation. One example that resonated with the student was the phrase al d’var in Bereishit 12:17: “And God plagued Pharaoh with…

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A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Telling Tales of Tradition

With our emphasis on individualized instruction, students come to TorahTutors from a wide range of backgrounds and with a wide variety of goals. For instance, some are looking to build specific text skills, while others do better with a broader, content-based approach. Recently, a student with limited Jewish studies background asked her tutor to spend…

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A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About How Individuals Take and Are Taken

This week’s parsha opens with the enigmatic phrase “???? ???” – “and Korach took” (Bamidbar 16:1). Commentators and midrashic texts offer a number of approaches to understanding whether Korach was taker and/or taken, and if taken, who or what “took” him. Despite the challenging wording of the verse, a TorahTutors student learned how it could…

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A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About The Problem with Shimshon (and Shoftim)

After last week’s Shavuot hiatus, check out this Tuesday TorahTutors (Teen) Tidbit:   A teenaged TorahTutors student was asked to share thoughts on Midrash Bereishit Rabbah 67:12. She wrote (slightly edited):   This Midrash frames Yaakov in contrast with Shimshon. Basically, Yaakov listened to his father when he said not to marry foreign women, while…

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