A Song Every Day

Thoughts on Torah, prayer and Jewish miscellany

Emor: Language and Translation

Leviticus/Vayikra 23:32 in three translations: It is a day of complete rest for you [shabbat shabbaton hu lachem] and you shall afflict yourselves; on the ninth of the month in … Continue reading

April 29, 2010 · Leave a comment

Kedoshim: Language and Translation

Three versions of Leviticus/Vayikra verse 19:4: Do not turn [al-tafnu] to the idols [el-ha-elilim] nor make molten gods [elohei masechahfor yourself. I am the LORD your God. (Alter*) Do not … Continue reading

April 21, 2010 · Leave a comment

Acharei Mot: Language and Translation

Sound and word patterns evident in the Hebrew text do not always translate well into other languages. Fox* notes that Chapter 17 of Leviticus/Vayikra is “built at least partially on … Continue reading

April 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

Shemini: Language and Translation

“Moses spoke to Aaron and to Elazar and Ithamar, his remaining sons [banav ha-notarim], ‘Take the meal-offering that is left [ha-noteret] from the fire-offerings of HASHEM, and eat it unleavened … Continue reading

April 5, 2010 · Leave a comment

Tzav: Language and Translation

**Spoiler alert** If you’d rather be surprised by what is coming in chapter 10, hold off on this post until first reading parashat Shemini [public reading April 10 this year]. … Continue reading

March 22, 2010 · Leave a comment
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