I’m sitting in the basement floor of the Aloft Hotel in El Paso, Texas. It seems to be an old…
Rashbam – an avowed pshat interpreter – nonetheless includes a rabbinic interpretation that “uproots the plain meaning of the verse.”
With priests, sacrifices, and sins, Leviticus has lots of ways for people to ritually repair mistakes. What happens when the priests themselves mess up?
We might speak of contemplation-and-action, letting the hyphens suggest what our language obscures: that the one cannot exist without the other.
The Mishkan is finished. But Moses can’t enter and speak with God. What’s clouding this relationship? Rashi, the midrash Tanchuma, and Rashbam share ideas.