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Preview: There’s a curious focus on the packing of “provisions” (צדה) that we find when b’nei Yisrael travel between Egypt and Canaan in Yosef’s days; and again, on the eve of the exodus in the book of Shemot; and again during their entry into the land in the days of Yehoshua. What’s its significance, and how is it related to the concept of “tarrying” (להתמהמה) – another concept that crops up a lot in these contexts?
Preview: Commentary on assorted observations, including: (1) “Flesh” (בשר) and “spirit”/”wind” (רוח) as twin “leading-words” in the story of Noach; (2) Why did Noach send the raven? Was it perhaps to procure food? Did Noach think he might be here indefinitely? Plus, intertextual links to Eliyahu’s ravens; (3) Subtle literary hints that Noach may have experienced life in the ark as life in “jail;” (4) Speculation on Terach’s motives for leaving Ur Kasdim.
Preview: The verb פ.ק.ד has this funny way of cropping up at all critical junctures in the book of Shemot: from the burning bush to the exodus to Sinai to the Golden Calf to the accounting of the mishkan. What does it mean?