5780 — Shavuot: From Sefirat HaOmer to Revelation: How the Rabbis Read Biblical Texts

Posted by Rahel Berkovits on May 26, 2020
Topics: The Omer, Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Bamidbar (Numbers), Shavuot

What part do human beings play in the revelation of Torah in the world? How do the Rabbis see their role as interpreters of Biblical text? The Torah says to count the omer from the day after the Shabbat yet the Rabbis rule that we count from the day after Pesach. Why do they read the biblical text differently from what seems to the simple pshat? What can we learn from their choice about the continuous unfolding of Torah today? What do the Rabbis understand the process of revelation to be?

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About Rahel Berkovits

Rahel Berkovits is a senior faculty member at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has been teaching Mishnah, Talmud and halakha for over twenty years. Rahel lectures widely in both Israel and abroad especially on topics concerning women and Jewish law and a Jewish sexual ethic. She is the Halakhic Editor and a writer for Hilkhot Nashim the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance’s Halakhic Source-guide Series, recently published by Koren Publishing. Rahel is a founding member of Congregation Shirah Hadasha, a halakhic partnership Synagogue, and serves on their halakha committee. In June 2015, Rahel received Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbis Herzl Hefter and Daniel Sperber. Click here to read more.

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