Author Archives: Mordechai Sabato

Rav Dr. Mordechai Sabato is a lecturer in Talmud at Bar Ilan University. He earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

And God Shall Return You to Egypt in Boats

by R. Mordechai Sabato A. The central section of parashat Ki Tavo is the blessings and curses of chapter 28. This section concludes the unit begun in parashat Re’eh, where Moshe already mentions the blessing and the curse: “Behold, I place before you today a blessing and a curse.” In our parasha, the blessings and the curses are given in ...

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Punishment of the Individual and of the Nation

by Rav Mordechai Sabato Parashat Nitzavim, comprising slightly less than two whole chapters (29:9-30:20), opens in the middle of Moshe’s speech. The speech begins at the end of the previous parasha, at the beginning of chapter 29: “And Moshe called to all of Israel and said to them…” It concludes at the end of chapter 30. Proof of the connection ...

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The Female Captive: What is the Torah Teaching Us?

by Rav Mordekhai Sabato In Devarim 21, at the conclusion of the laws of warfare, we find an intriguing and enigmatic section: (10) When you go out to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your hand, and you take them captive, (11) and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire ...

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Two Perspectives on the Sacrifices

Two Perspectives on the Sacrifices: On the Relationship Between Parashiot Tzav and Vayikra by R. Mordechai Sabato I. Same Sacrifices, Different Order The first seven chapters of the Book of Vayikra deal with the various types of korbanot (sacrifices) and their halakhot. This section of the Torah is composed of two subdivisions: chapters 1-5, and chapters 6-7. The Torah deals ...

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