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7 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2008 - 7:43PM #1
ishmael_10
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I have a really hard time with the technicalities of Terumah, Tezavveh, and the next few parashat.  I'm not a very spatial person, for one, and for another it's really hard for me to get much that's applicable out of the intricacies of the tabernacle, etc.  I was just wondering if any of you had any good commentary suggestions that might help out a bit.  My rabbi is a pretty big fan of R. Aryeh Kaplan's Living Torah.
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7 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2008 - 7:49PM #2
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[QUOTE=ishmael_10;284378]I have a really hard time with the technicalities of Terumah, Tezavveh, and the next few parashat.  I'm not a very spatial person, for one, and for another it's really hard for me to get much that's applicable out of the intricacies of the tabernacle, etc.  I was just wondering if any of you had any good commentary suggestions that might help out a bit.  My rabbi is a pretty big fan of R. Aryeh Kaplan's Living Torah.[/QUOTE]I'm very fond of Mikraot G'dolot.  Truth to tell it is the only thing I know, BUT I do find the book quite fascinating and it brings everything alive, including some of these more esoteric passages.
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7 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2008 - 11:27PM #3
nieciedo
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I highly recommend the Richard Elliot Freedman's Commentary on the Torah. The commentaries on Exodus in the Anchor Bible and the JPS Torah are excellent.

These parshiyot are part of the P source, and so they cannot be thematically separated from the priestly legislation in Leviticus. Jacob Milgrom's work on Leviticus, in the Anchor Bible and on his own, truly opened my eyes and helped me appreciate the ancient priestly system as it was intended, and I highly recommend you look into his work on the subject -- Leviticus: A Book of Ritual and Ethics is a good place to start. His explanation of the sacrificial system -- which I have cited several times on this forum -- is the best I've ever encountered.
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7 years ago  ::  Feb 13, 2008 - 9:43AM #4
Bunsinspace
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ishmael_10 wrote:

... I was just wondering if any of you had any good commentary suggestions that might help out a bit. ...



BS"D

Here's a few good links for a start:

http://www.chabad.org/parshah/default_cdo/jewish/Parshah.htm
(good only until Shabbos - it changes to be current weekly after which you need to search)

http://www.yutorah.org/showShiur.cfm/713886/Rabbi_Ally_Ehrman/It's_Not_Material

http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/457/single/

http://yucs.org/~rweiser/virtual_mikdash.shtml

http://www.hebcal.com/sedrot/terumah.html

And there is a really great piece of software IMHO for the 3d Mishkan:

http://www.jewishsoftware.com/products/Mishkan_3D_106.asp

;)

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7 years ago  ::  Feb 13, 2008 - 9:43AM #5
Bunsinspace
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ishmael_10 wrote:

... I was just wondering if any of you had any good commentary suggestions that might help out a bit. ...



BS"D

Here's a few good links for a start:

http://www.chabad.org/parshah/default_cdo/jewish/Parshah.htm
(good only until Shabbos - it changes to be current weekly after which you need to search)

http://www.yutorah.org/showShiur.cfm/713886/Rabbi_Ally_Ehrman/It's_Not_Material

http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/457/single/

http://yucs.org/~rweiser/virtual_mikdash.shtml

http://www.hebcal.com/sedrot/terumah.html

And there is a really great piece of software IMHO for the 3d Mishkan:

http://www.jewishsoftware.com/products/Mishkan_3D_106.asp

;)

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7 years ago  ::  Feb 14, 2008 - 9:47AM #6
ishmael_10
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Thanks for the references!  Mikraot G'dolot is something I definitely need to invest in.  While we're on the subject-- any ideas on a fairly comprehensive-yet-not-$800 way to study the Talmud via other books?  And a guide to the midrash?
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7 years ago  ::  Feb 14, 2008 - 3:27PM #7
Bunsinspace
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ishmael_10 wrote:

Thanks for the references! Mikraot G'dolot is something I definitely need to invest in. While we're on the subject-- any ideas on a fairly comprehensive-yet-not-$800 way to study the Talmud via other books? And a guide to the midrash?



BS"D

Spertus College, my alma mater - now called the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies has a secret I will share with you and everyone on BNet. They have a MASSIVE Jewish electronic library (Feinberg e-collection) you can access online 24x7 for the annual fee of being a "member" (currently $50 one year or $90 two years). You've got to see this to believe it. I own version 13 of the enhanced Bar-Ilan database including the encyclopedia Talmudit but they have the LATEST VERSION as part of this collection. You want scholarship you can afford? You got it. Also if you follow my links in my previous post on this thread you'll discover Chabad has a massive online library for free - but it is geared towards mainstream orthodox daily practical study needs and may include a lot of material either irrelevant to your studies or way over your head for now. ;)

I've got a handle on TONS of very inexpensive or free Jewish learning materials from all over the world.
Here's a link to the Spertus site:

http://www.spertus.edu/supportspertus/membership.php

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7 years ago  ::  Feb 18, 2008 - 5:32AM #8
lexa_blue
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When it comes to studying religion on a budget, I highly recommend sacred-texts.com (link goes to the Judaism index).  The Judaism section contains pretty much all primary source material you'd want.  I'm not much of a Talmud scholar myself, but I've spent a lot of time on this website, and it's fantastic.  Hope it helps.
Shalom,
Lexa
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