By Michael Carasik
Michael Carasik discusses the parashah of the week from his perspective as Bible scholar, Sabbath-observant Jew, creator of "The Commentators' Bible," and author of "The Bible's Many Voices."
||CleanMiketz 5778||This is Torah Talk for the week of December 10th, 2017 Gen 42:9 Joseph said to them, “You are spies!” Gen 42:14 Joseph said to them, “You are spies!” Gen 42:16 Joseph said to them, “You are spies!” (Chill out, Joe.) What made Joseph||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVayeshev 5778||This is Torah Talk for the week of December 3rd, 2017 Gen 37:26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What do we gain by killing our brother and covering up his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, but let us not do away with him ourselve||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVayishlach 5778||This is Torah Talk for the week of November 26th, 2017 Gen 33:10 But Jacob said, “No, I pray you; if you would do me this favor, accept from me this gift; for to see your face is like seeing the face of God, and you have received me favorably. 11 Pl||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVayetze 5778||This is Torah Talk for the week of November 19th, 2017 Gen 28:18 Early in the morning, Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. Why did Jacob pour oil on the stone? This week’s ha||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToledot 5778||This is Torah Talk for the week of November 12th, 2017 Gen. 25:24 When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. 25 The first one emerged red, like a hairy mantle all over; so they named him Esau. 26 Then his brother emerged, h||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHayyei Sarah 5778||This is Torah Talk for the week of November 5th, 2017 Gen. 23:1 Sarah’s lifetime—the span of Sarah’s life—came to one hundred and twenty-seven years. 2 Sarah died in Kiriath-arba—now Hebron—in the land of Canaan. What does Kiriath-arba||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVayera 5778||This is Torah Talk for the week of October 29th, 2017 Gen. 20:14 Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves, and gave them to Abraham; and he restored his wife Sarah to him. 15 And Abimelech said, “Here, my land i||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLech Lecha 5778||This is Torah Talk for the week of October 22nd, 2017 Gen 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of the Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of the Lord, like t||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoach 5778||This is Torah Talk for the week of October 15th, 2017 Gen. 11:7 Let us, then, go down and confound [ונבלה] their speech there Gen. 11:9 That is why it was called Babel [בבל] there the Lord confounded [בלל] the speech of the whole earth This||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBereshit 5778||This is Torah Talk for the week of October 8th, 2017 Gen. 3:5 [NJPS] God knows that as soon as you eat of it [then] your eyes will be opened and you will be like divine beings who know good and bad. Gen. 3:5 [NRSV] God knows that when you eat of it y||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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Michael irresistibly combines erudition, thoughtfulness, playfulness and wisdom. Learning is a collaborative enterprise with him and he is a wonderful teacher-guide.
I look forward to Michael Carasik's podcast each week. Each week he offers a concise, erudite D'var Torah that often focuses on philological or theological nuances that the classical commentaries miss. There is also a handout available each week on the author's blog. A real gem.
Erudite but accessible
I have the privilege of frequently learning with Michael, and "Torah Talk" gives you a taste of that experience. He really knows his stuff, but the podcast is never academic or hard to understand. With Michael, accessability is key, and you'll come away from each week's podcast with at least one bit of knowledge that you did have before. (And if you like the podcast, you REALLY need to check out his books, esp. "The Bible's Many Voices"!)