Nach Yomi for Avraham

A worldwide project aimed at developing beki'ut in Tanach, inspired by, and as zechut for, R' Avraham Norin (Avraham Dov ben Golda)

Friday, March 31, 2006

Yehoshua Chapter 4- 4 Nissan - (Sunday April 2)

Chapter 4
Yehoshua - Chapter 4- English text with Rashi

Before the Yarden (Jordan) returns to normal, Hashem instructs Yehoshua to have twelve tribal representatives to take one stone each from the river bed and erect them at their new campsite in Eretz Canaan. These stones will serve as permanent monument informing later generations of the splitting of the Yarden.
The nation passes through the Yarden, and then kohanim take the aron out of the riverbed (see Rashi and the Radak for a debate on how this actually happened) , and the river is restored to its former state.
Two ends are accomplished by this miracle: to allow Yehoshua to take on Moshe’s stature in the eyes of Bnei Yisrael (4:14), and to impress Hashem’s power on the nations of the lands (4:23),

R' Yehuda Eisenberg on Yehoshua's monument

It is interesting to note that Navi uses the construct of the child’s question (when your children ask you tomorrow saying, “ what are these stones?”) which may be yet another reinforcement of the many parallels to the Exodus in this re-enactment of the kriyas Yam Suf (splitting of the Red Sea).

On a speculative note, one might suggest that this represents a fifth son to complement the four times in Chumash we are told on sons asking about Yetzias Mitzrayim and its attendant rituals. Click here to read more about the fifth son of Sefer Yehoshua.

Yehoshua chapter 3- 3 Nissan 5766- Shabbos Vayikra (April 1)

Yehoshua - Chapter 3- English text with Rashi

Bnei Yisrael journey from Shittim to the Yarden (Jordan river) and camp, waiting for the Aron to lead them forward. Hashem tells Yehoshua that he will split the Jordan, confirming that Hashem will be with Yehoshua as he was with Moshe.
The Kohanim and the Aron enter the Jordan, and only when they were in the water did it split. They remained in the center of the Jordan until all of Bnei Yisrael cross through the Jordan/, opposite Jericho.

Points to Ponder:
1)Who is this miracle aimed at? How is this similar and different from kriyas Yam Suf? (splitting of the Red Sea?)
2.) What is the significance here with the Kohanim and the crossing and being the ones to cause the split- as opposed to Moshe splitting the Yam Suf with his staff- if the point was to re-enact Moshe’s wonders? Note the description of Hashem as “Adon kol haAretz” (Master of the whole earth/The Land) in this chapter
3.) When the meraglim were sent, Yehoshua chose to send only two representitves of the nation, yet here, like the meraglim, a representative of each tribe was chosen. Why? (See Abravanel on 3:11-12.)

Listen to a shi’ur on the third chapter of Yehoshua by
Rabbi Zev Reichman of Yeshiva University.
R' Yisrael Rozen on the signifance of the Yarden in Machshava (Hebrew)
R"Menachem Leibtag on Chapters 3-5: Crossing the Jordan

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Yehoshua chapter 2- 2 Nissan (Friday, March 31)

Yehoshua - Chapter 2 English text with Rashi in English

o The mission- 2:1
Yehoshua sends two meraglim (spies) to scout out the land.
o Rachav and the soldiers- 2:2-8
They stay at the home of Rachav,a zonah (harlot?),who hides them when the king of Jericho sends troops to find them.
o Rachav’s dialogue with the Meraglim 2:9-21

After misdirecting the soldiers, Rachav tells the meraglim that the land is in terror of Hashem’s might,and is aware of all of the miracles done for Klal Yisrael. She asks them to that swear they will repay this by saving her family when Jericho is conquered. The meraglim told her to tie a crimson thread to her window when the war comes, and her household will be saved..
o The return- 2:22-24
She sends them to the mountains for three days to hide from the soldiers, after which they return toYehoshua.
(prepared by Shoshi Kramer)

· An overview of the perek from the OU .
· Yehoshua' spies as analyzed in Chassidus by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt'l zya'a
· Contrasts between the meraglim of Moshe and those sent by Yehoshua by R" Yonatan Grossman.

Sending Spies by R' Yehuda Eisenberg (Hebrew)
· Click to see a map of the route of the meraglim.
· Listen to a leining of the second perek by Rabbi Jeremy Wieder.

Questions for Discussion:
1) It is interesting to note, that while the term “meragel” is used for the spies here, it is never used in Chumash for the so-called meraglim! Where did our convention come from?

2)What is the significance of Rachav being a zonah?

3)The chut ha-shani, or scarlet thread, is an intriguing symbol. It is reminiscent of the crimson rope used as part of the Avodas Yom haKippurim as a symbol of the forgiveness of sins, and of the prophecy of Yeshayahu, where "shanim" is a symbol of sin. Any further thoughts of its relevance to the story here?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Nach Yomi Launch

Chodesh Tov!

We are happy to welcome all who are joining us for this exciting project. Spread the word and begin with us today with the beginning of Navi (the prophets). Please use the comments section freely as a forum for questions, discussion and analysis of the text.
Thank you to all of you who are helping us to get the word out. This project is important to us, and your support is appreciated.

May we merit to see the fulfillment of all the prophecies transmitted to us by the Nevi'im.

B'Nissan Nigalu, u'veNissan Asidin l'higael.

Yehoshua chapter 1- Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5766- (March 30, 2006)

Yehoshua - Chapter 1- English text with Rashi in English

This chapter has three major sections—

1-9:Charge and encouragement to Yehoshua in his new position of leadership
One major theme is that of “Chizuk”—encouragement to Yehoshua--specifically,the words “Chazak v’amatz”—“Be strong and have courage” used both at the end of Devarim, and several times here.

10-11:Announcement to prepare for entering Eretz Yisrael and the imminent crossing of the Yarden (Jordan) in three days

12-18 :Discussion with Shvatim (tribes) of Reuven, Gad and half of Menashe
Three shvatim: Reuven, Gad, and half of shevet Menashe had been promised by Moshe that they would be able to stay on the side of the Jordan that they were already on (see Bamidbar 32 ). Yehoshua reminds their leaders about the agreement that was made—that they would come into Eretz Yisrael and fight with the nation until all of the settlements were conquered and only then would they return to the portion they were promised--- emphasizing that he was continuing the leadership of Moshe and not changing the deal that was made.
(prepared by Shoshi Kramer)

Introduction to the study of Nach and the Book of Yehoshua:
Rabbi Menachem Leibtag's Intro to Neviim Rishonim
A collection of ma'amarei Chazal and Midrashim about Yehoshua (in English!)

On Chapter 1:
Rabbi Menachem Leibtag’s shiur on Yehoshua Chapters 1-2
"Moshe ve-Yehoshua" by R'Yehuda Eisenberg (Hebrew)

Rav Yitz Etshalom on Yehoshua 1, part 2, and part 3.
Listen to a leining of the first perek by Rav Jeremy Wieder.

Points to ponder:
1) What is the significance of the repetition specifically of the phrase “Chazak v’amatz” “Be strong and have courage?” Who is it directed to? What would be the object of the fear?
2) Why is Moshe called “Eved Hashem” and not Yehoshua? When did the Torah start referring to Moshe as an Eved Hashem ?


Sunday, March 26, 2006

Schedule for Yehoshua (Joshua) and Shoftim (Judges)

This is the schedule for Yehoshua (Joshua) and Shoftim (Judges), which we will begin, G-d willing, on this Thursday, March 30th.
(This is the regular chapter schedule, which the blog will be following. For those of you following the sedarim, please see
Please spread the word over the next couple of days.
We would like to get a feel for how many people are participating. Please let us know if you are planning on starting with us this week!
Don't forget, submissions, comments, and questions are always welcome (more than welcome!)We want this to be a community of people learning together. Please let us know in advance if you want to submit for a certain Perek, so that we can plan accordingly.
Thank You!

Yehoshua (Joshua):

March 30: Yehoshua 1 (Rosh Chodesh Nissan)
March 31: Yehoshua 2
April 1: Yehoshua 3 (Shabbos)
April 2: Yehoshua 4
April 3: Yehoshua 5
April 4: Yehoshua 6
April 5: Yehoshua 7
April 6: Yehoshua 8
April 7: Yehoshua 9
April 8: Yehoshua 10 (Shabbos)
April 9: Yehoshua 11
April 10: Yehoshua 12
April 11: Yehoshua 13
April 12: Yehoshua 14
April 13: Yehoshua 15 (First Day of Pesach)
April 14 :Yehoshua 16 (Second Day of Pesach
April 15: Yehoshua 17 (Shabbos chol haMoed)
April 16: Yehoshua 18
April 17: Yehoshua 19
April 18: Yehoshua 20
April 19: Yehoshua 21 (Seventh Day of Pesach)
April 20: Yehoshua 22 (Eighth Day of Pesach\Isru Chag in Israel)
April 21: Yehoshua 23
April 22 :Yehoshua 24 (Shabbos)

Shoftim (Judges):
April 23: Shoftim 1
April 24: Shoftim 2
April 25: Shoftim 3
April 26: Shoftim 4
April 27: Shoftim 5
April 28: Shoftim 6 (Rosh Chodesh Iyyar)
April 29: Shoftim 7 (Shabbos/Rosh Chodesh Iyyar)
April 30: Shoftim 8
May 1: Shoftim 9
May 2: Shoftim 10
May 3: Shoftim 11 (Yom haAtzmaut)
May 4: Shoftim 12
May 5: Shoftim 13
May 6: Shoftim 14 (Shabbos)
May 7: Shoftim 15
May 8: Shoftim 16
May 9: Shoftim 17
May 10: Shoftim 18
May 11: Shoftim 19
May 12: Shoftim 20 (Pesach Sheni)
May 13: Shoftim 21 (Shabbos)

(If any of our more blog-savvy types have a better way of posting this inofrmation, please let us know!)

Friday, March 24, 2006

Guidelines for Contributors

Many of our readers have expressed interest in contributing.
WEll, here's the scoop:

The daily posts on the blog will run like this
a.) a link to the text of the perek
b.) a 1-2 paragraph summary/analysis of the perek.
c.) 1-3 paragraphs of either a dvar torah on the perek, questions for further study, brief discussion of an interesting midrash connected to the perek, etc.
d.)links to other places on the internet that have relevant material to the perek,
We need people to write parts b and c. We have some commitments at this point for Shoftim, and perhaps for Yehoshua as well, although we are happy to split them up. Contributions need not be for an entire sefer--anything on any perek is certainly helpful.

We have also started another blog for longer pieces. This way especially if someone has something they already wrote (a paper,or an extended dvar Torah or whatever) , or are inspired to put together something more extensive, it can be put there, linked to the main website, and be a resource without overwhelming the more casual users. You're welcome to submit to that as well, on any perek in Nach (although at this point we would prefer the earlier ones!)

(All material posted will have attribution to the author (unless they request anonymity.) Additionally, we do not commit to use all material submitted.)

Thank you much, and remember Yehoshua starts on Thursday!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Call for contributors!

Please let us know if you would be interested in writing for our blog! Ourplan is to have daily posts, containing links to the text of the perek online, links to background material and relevant audio or written shiurim, as well as either a short summary/analysis or thought on the perek of the day.

We are looking for contributors. The earlier we have your material, the smoother this website will run. We already have a volunteer to write the material for Sefer Shoftim, and we appreciate whatever can be sent . (However, we do not guarantee that we will use all material we receive.)

Thanks, and we look forward to your submissions!

Two options for Nach Yomi

We are providing you with two different options for Nach Yomi:

1.) Following the sedarim. Based on Avraham’s initial plan , this ancient Jewish division will work on a schedule where you can complete the entire Nach in the course of year. (This schedule also excludes Shabbat and Yom Tov [but includes Yom Tov sheni shel galuyos.])

2.) Perek [chapter] a day. These units are about half the length of the sedarim, and are readily accessible since they are the standard chapters used in every Tanach. (i.e. March 30- chapter 1, March 31- chapter 2, April1- Chapter 3 etc.) This plan will finish Nach in about 2 years.

For purposes of convenience and clarity, the daily postings on the blog will be based on the perek a day [chapter] system, but we will provide calendars (hopefully in the next couple of days) for both systems.
Happy learning!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Resources for Yehoshua

Remember, we begin Yehoshua on Thursday, March 30 (Rosh Chodesh Nissan)!

The book of Yehoshua (Hebrew)
Interlinear (Hebrew-English) Yehoshua
Translated text of Yehoshua with Rashi (Judaica Press)
Another translation of Yehoshua
To listen to a reading of Yehoshua (in Hebrew)

Here are some good online places to look for more background and insights.

Text of Yalkut Shimoni on Sefer Yehoshua (Hebrew)
Rabbi Menachem Liebtag
Audio of R' Yoel bin Nun Sefer Yehoshua.
Complete archive of articles on the Book of Yehoshua by R' Michael Hattin (VBM)
Rabbi Dovid Siegel
A fantastic collection of (Hebrew) articles and maps on Yehoshua
Mussar haNevi'im-a Torah Temimah style anthology of Chazal on Nach in PDf form (Hebrew only)
Any other suggestions, including good editions of Tanach for beginners to use?Send them in!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Leich, Knos et kol ha-Yehudim: Welcome to the Nach Yomi for Avraham project

Our brother-in-law, Rav Avraham Norin, is an unbelievably loving father and husband, a loyal friend, a gomel chesed, a patient and amazingly dedicated mechanech, a yerei Shamayim and chovev ha-Aretz, and a passionate student of Torah. Some months ago, Anna discovered the following posting of Avraham’s on Lookjed (a Jewish education website), and wondered why it was never put into action:

"A substitute/supplement for daf yomi- the ancient division of Nach
Author: Avraham Norin
Date: 03-22-05
In the Koren Tanach, the Jerusalem Bible, and Rav Breuers Tanach, the Tanach is divided not only into Perakim (based on the non-Jewish divisions), but also into sedarim (an ancient Jewish division system mentioned in the Talmud). The Torah is divided into 154 sections which correspond to the three and a half year Torah reading cycle in Eretz Yisroel.The Nevim and Ketuvim are also divided into 293 divisions, but we are less clear of the significance.
In the intro to the Koren Tanach there is a fabulous explanation of Rav Shaul Kosovsky on the 293 Sedarim in Nach. If you add to the 293 the days of Shabbatot and Yomim tovim (71) you arrive at the number of 364. On Tisha Bav one doesn't learn, which makes the number of days to learn in a year 364 as well. In other words, the Nach sedarim are divided in a way that if a person were to learn one on every chol day of the year, he can finish Nach in one solar year. Add to this Parshat Hashavua, and one has a system to finish Tanach in a year.
Anyone want to suggest a good day to start?"
Now is the time.
He is currently battling a serious illness in Jerusalem, and along with the treatments that he is recieving be-derech ha-teva, we wanted to help galvanize all who know and love Avraham in a project that perhaps will help bombard the sha'arei shamayim (the gates of heaven) in a way appropriate to him. What we are proposing now is the following (modified) version of Avraham's idea:
1) Beginning Rosh Chodesh Nissan (March 30 le-minyaneihem) , we will begin a worldwide Nach Yomi project, where hopefully many people worldwide will study the same chapter of Nach a day, seven days a week-- whether in English or in Hebrew, with or without commentaries. ( We will use the conventional chapter system, (i.e. the one found in a standard Tanach) which is shorter than the Masoretic one, and more easily accesible to those with alternate Tanach's.) We are hoping to get the word out as much as possible in the two weeks until then, so as to start this project b'rov am (with as many people as possible) .
2) This blog will be a clearinghouse, both of general Tanach links, as well as posted links to other web resources to the specific chapter being studied.
3) We also invite participants to send us short divrei Torah or insights into the perek about to be studied, in order to provide maximum meaning to the project.

Avraham's sister and brother in law, Elana and Simon Jackson, join us in inviting you to use this project as a very special kevi'as itim le-Torah (setting aside time to study Torah),which can, in a little over a year, introduce you to the beauty and depth of the Sifrei Nevi'im.
May Hashem grant the opportunity for as many people as possible to seize this opportunity to share Avraham's love for the D'var Hashem, and may all of klal Yisrael see yeshu'ot as we did in the days of Mordechai and Esther.