By Michael Carasik
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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."
||CleanVayetze 5779||This is Torah Talk for the week of November 11th, 2018 Gen. 31:38 “These twenty years I have spent in your service, your ewes and she-goats never miscarried, nor did I feast on rams from your flock. 39 That which was torn by beasts I never brought t||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToledot 5779||This is Torah Talk for the week of November 4th, 2018 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.c Since the verse doesn’t real||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHayyei Sarah 5779||This is Torah Talk for the week of October 28th, 2018 Gen. 25:5 Abraham willed all that he owned to Isaac; 6 but to Abraham’s sons by concubines Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and he sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to th||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVayera 5779||This is Torah Talk for the week of October 21st, 2018 Gen. 22:9 They arrived at the place of which God had told him. Abraham built an altar there; he laid out the wood; he bound his son Isaac; he laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLech Lecha 5779||This is Torah Talk for the week of October 14th, 2018 Gen. 12:2 I will make of you a great nation, And I will bless you; I will make your name great, And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you And curse him that curses you; And all||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoach 5779||This is Torah Talk for the week of October 7th, 2018 Gen. 6:17 “For My part, I am about to bring the Flood [הַמַּבּ֥וּל] —waters upon the earth.” What exactly is a מַּבּ֥וּל, and where did that word come from? Th||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBereshit 5779||This is Torah Talk for the week of September 30th, 2018 Gen. 1:1 When God began to createa heaven and earth— 2 the earth being תֹ֨הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind fromb God sweeping over the water||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanV’zot ha-Bracha 5778-79||This is Torah Talk for the week of September 23rd, 2018 Deut. 33:28 Thus Israel dwells in safety, Untroubled is Jacob’s abode, בדד עין יעקב In a land of grain and wine, אל-ארץ דגן ותירוש Under heavens dripping dew. What makes J||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHa’azinu 5778-79||This is Torah Talk for the week of September 16th, 2018 Deut 32:4 The Rock!—His deeds are perfect, Yea, all His ways are just; A faithful God, never false, True and upright is He. What was “The Book of Jashar”? According to Ed Greenstein, Deu||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVayelech 5778-79||This is Torah Talk for the week of September 9th, 2018 Deut. 31:7 Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel: “Be strong and resolute [חזק ואמץ], for it is you who shall go with this people into the land that the LORD||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I wish this podcast were longer. I could listen to him talk for hours. I have his Commentators’ Bible in my library, and it is my most treasured resource. I hope to take a Biblical Hebrew class this fall, but in the meantime, I learn so much from his podcasts.
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"!)
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.