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)

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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)

Links:
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 ?

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