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

The Genius of the Rashbam

Rashbam’s Torah Commentary: Creativity, Literalism and Peshat

JLE October – December 2012

Session 1: Introduction and BeReishit

Session 2: Rashbam and Peshat

Session 3: When Rashi opts for Derash

Session 4: Yishmael, Yitzchak and Akeidah

Session 5: Chevron and Yitzchak

Session 6: Adventures in Parashat Toldot

Session 7: The Avot and Mitzvot

The Genius of the 19th Century Series 3

Torah Commentators’ Response to Modernity

JLE Apr – Jul 2012

Part 16: Shemini, Tazria & Metzora

Part 17: Acharey & Kedoshim

Part 18: Emor, Behar & Bechukotay

Part 19: BeMidbar, Naso & BeHaAlotecha

Part 20: Shelach & Korach

Part 21: Chukat

Part 22: VaYikra, Tzav & Balak

Part 23: Pinchas, Mattot & Massey


The Genius of the Haggadah Season 2

The Haggadah with the Abarbanel’s Commentary

JLE March 2012

Session 1: Ha Lachma

Session 2: Dayenu

Session 3: Rabban Gamliel & Pesach