The Book of BaMidbar

In Pursuit of Perfection

May - July 2014

From the LSJS website:

Spies, Korach, Zimri – this book is full of rebellion. Or maybe it’s the story of a community on the cusp of perfection but haunted by self perception clashing with reality. We will explore themes of leadership and the dangers of self-denial through the lens of the chassidic School of Przysucha – the Rebbes of Ishbitz, Kotzk, Lublin and Sochaczew.

Session 1: Torah in the Desert: On the Cusp of Perfection?

Session 2: Manna: Food of the Gods?

Session 3: Spies: Desire for the Desert

Session 4: Tzelophchad: Sinning for the Sake of Heaven
Session 5: Korach:  A Man Before his Time?
Session 6: Striking the Rock and Predestiny
Session 7: Zimri and the Lure of the Desert


The Genius of the Abarbanel

Abarbanel's Torah Commentary: Rationalism, Creativity and Systematic Analysis in the Pursuit of Truth

JLE Oct - Dec 2013

Session 1: Introduction

Sessions 2-5: Sin in the Garden

Session 4 was misrecorded
Sessions 6-8: Blessings and the Rainbow

The Genius of the ibn Ezra

Ibn Ezra's Torah Commentary: Textual Fidelity, Interpretative Brilliance and Grammatical Triumph


JLE Apr - Jul 2013

Sessions 1-2: Introduction

Sessions 3-4: Early BeReishit Narratives

Session 5: Other Early Narratives

Session 6: Added Verses?

Session 7: Approach to the Text

Sessions 8-9: Asseret HaDibrot

The Genius of the Seforno

Seforno’s Torah Commentary: Renaissance Brilliance, Human Sensitivity and Narrative Fidelity

JLE January – March 2013

Sessions 1 & 2: Introduction to Seforno's Commentary

Session 3: BeReishit

Session 4: Universalism

Session 5: Approach to the Mishkan

Sessions 6 & 7: The Story of Yosef and Narrative Continuity