Author Archives: Amnon Bazak

Rav Amnon Bazak is a Ram in Yeshivat Har Etzion. He also teaches Tanach at the Herzog College and at the SKA Beit Midrash for Women in Migdal Oz, and edits the weekly journal Shabbat BeShabbato, as well as other books.

Avraham and the Idols

by R. Amnon Bazak Avraham and the Idols: A Midrashic Reflection of a Biblical Story Introduction A literary device commonly found in Tanakh is the “implied story” i.e., the text recounts a certain narrative using linguistic and thematic motifs borrowed from another narrative, thereby hinting at a connection between the two stories. This connection conceals a certain message, which the ...

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The Blessing and the Curse, and the List of “the Cursed”

by Rav Amnon Bazak A. The Blessing and the Curse Our parasha describes the procedure for the proclamation of the blessing and the curse on Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Eival. First Moshe divides Bnei Yisrael into two groups, with half of the tribes connected to the blessing and the other half to the curse: These shall stand to bless the ...

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