Lectures on the Torah Reading

by the faculty of Bar-Ilan University

Ramat Gan, Israel


A project of Bar-Ilan University's Faculty of Jewish Studies, Paul and Helene Shulman Basic Jewish Studies Center, and the Office of the Campus Rabbi. Sponsored by Dr. Ruth Borchard of the Shoresh Charitable Fund (SCF). Published with assistance of the President's Fund for Torah and Science. Permission granted to reprint with appropriate credit.
Inquiries and comments to: Dr. Isaac Gottlieb, Department of Bible, gottlii@mail.biu.ac.il

Passover 5758-1998

Editor's note

Dr. Isaac Gottlieb


We offer two pieces that deal with little-discussed mitzvot of Passover. The first treats the Omer and the related Offering of the Two Loaves brought on Shavuot, the one from the barley harvest and the second from the new wheat. This study tries to identify places cited by the Mishna from which the barley for the Omer was harvested.

The second piece views the prohibition of hametz on Pesah in the wider rubric of the commandment to use only matza, not hametz, for the Minha offering, except for the Minhat Todah and the Two Loaves offering, which had to be hametz.

Both pieces are tied to the agricultural significance of Passover and Pentecost and are intimately related to the geography of Israel. They combine Biblical studies, geography, Jewish Thought and halacha in the best tradition of Torah scholarship.

Your comments on these studies and others during the year are appreciated. Hag Kasher VeSameah.