A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About What We Learn from the Tribe of Levi

A young TorahTutors student learning the weekly Torah portion saw the tribe of Levi demonstrate certain character traits in multiple contexts. In last week’s parsha (Vayechi), Yaakov cursed Levi’s anger and indicated that the tribe would be dispersed (Bereishit 49:7) – seemingly as punishment for Levi’s vengeance. At the same time, some see a positive…

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A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Women, Head-coverings, and Text Skills

An adult TorahTutors student wanted to learn about hair-covering for women, straight from the sources, and to develop her textual skills. One of the primary sources is the Gemara’s discussion of whether the requirement is on the level of Torah obligation or of Dat Yehudit – a category of established practices that women have accepted…

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A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Giving Thanks Where Thanks is Due

A pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit: Real Torah, from real TorahTutors sessions. A TorahTutors student learning the Song of Deborah (Judges 5), with the help of commentaries, followed the prophetess’s descriptions of who did and didn’t help in the battle against Sisera. Deborah commends the tribes who sent soldiers and reproaches those who didn’t, emphasizes how…

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A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Parents, Children, and Favoritism

It’s Tuesday and time for another #TuesdayTorahTutorsTidbit: Real Torah, from real TorahTutors sessions. An adult TorahTutors student exploring various characterizations in Tanach learned that Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch has this to say about this week’s parsha: “That Isaac’s sympathies were more inclined towards Esau, Rebecca’s to Jacob can moreover easily be explained by the attraction…

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