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On the Heels (Ekev)

Preview: The idiomatic use of “ekev” – “because;” “on the heels” – is exceedingly rare in the Torah. In fact, it may function as a technical term of sorts, for it appears in the Torah only five times in total, and always in the context of Hashem’s pledge concerning the Promised Land. Small wonder that we find textual parallels between all these texts. What do they mean?

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Leaders and Lepers (Metzora)

Preview: In the haftarot of both Tazria and Metzora, salvation is orchestrated by society’s most marginalized members: slaves, maidservants, and lepers. It’s actually part of a shift of focus that occurs in the end of sefer Melachim. What’s going on?

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