Classes on Tanach:
Shmuel Bet [2nd Samuel]
Chapters 11-12
David & Batsheva

Shmuel Plotsker Esq.

Shmuel Plotsker, Esq.

Shmuel Plotsker heads this multi-part series on the fascinating topic of King David and Batsheva, featuring "every source imaginable"! Sources range from Talmud to Midrash, Abarbanel to selected authors. A "must listen" for anyone with questions on this topic.

Source: Simi Peters "Learning to Read Midrash"

Description: Please review the 3-part series on Tractate Sanhedrin 107a (below) to fully appreciate this commentary called "Learning to Read Midrash" by Simi Peters. Many questions come up in this incredible in-class experience!

Part 1
Simi Peters Learning to Read Midrash mp3

• Can a man say, "Test me G-d!"?
• Is a test indicative of a relationship with G-d?
• Were the forefathers tested in a physical way?
• Is it good to remove physical desire from the world?
• Did King David avoid or circumvent the very test he requested?

Date: 8-23-2011
Size: 23.2 MB
Length: 1 hour 7 min

Part 1b, Mini-Discussion
Simi Peters Learning to Read Midrash mp3

Mini-discussion on a contradiction in Simi Peters' premise that King David avoided the test- a complicated dicussion.
Rated PG.

Date: 8-23-2011
Size: 3.84 MB
Length: 11 min

Part 2
Simi Peters Learning to Read Midrash mp3

• How did King David see Bathsheba bathing?
• What does the bird, arrow and cone or hive represent?
Rated PG.

Date: 8-30-2011
Size: 15.1 MB
Length: 44 min

Part 3
Simi Peters Learning to Read Midrash mp3

• Did King David sin in asking for a test?
• How does Ps 11 explain this?
• Is this Psalm David's confession?
• Can the bird represent both Satan and David's soul?
• Is the yetzer hara external or internal?
• How does the trope effect the meaning of Ps 11?

Date: 9-13-2011
Size: 22.7 MB
Length: 1 hour 6 min

Part 4
Simi Peters Learning to Read Midrash mp3

• Did G-d know that King David could pass the test?
• Did David know that he could pass it?
• Did David intentionally fail the test?
• What was the real test?
• Was it to aviod the sin of physicality, or to avoid the sin of shaming G-d?
Rated PG.

Date: 9-20-2011
Size: 19.3 MB
Length: 58 min

Shmuel Plotsker Esq.

Shmuel Plotsker, Esq.

Source: Tractate Sanhedrin 107a

Description: A wild and fun 3-part series with insights from both Halachic and Kabbalistic views, nicknamed "Where Mysticism meets Rationalism".

Part 1
Tractate Sanhedrin 107a Batsheva mp3

King David requests a test. He went to take out a bird and it resulted in him taking out Batsheva! Did the king forget a rabbinical maxim concerning controlling libido?
Rated PG.

Date: 6-5-2011
Size: 19.6 MB
Length: 57 min

Part 1b, Comments
Tractate Sanhedrin 107a Batsheva mp3

Comments expounding on the idea of Batsheva purifying herself from Uriah for King David.
Rated PG.

Date: 6-5-2011
Size: 1.42 MB
Length: 4 min

Part 2
Tractate Sanhedrin 107a Batsheva mp3

• Can a bird cause sin?
• Did David sin to protect G-d's honor?
• Can the evil inclination be used for good?
• Can a person "one-up" G-d?

Date: 7-5-2011
Size: 15.8 MB
Length: 46 min

Part 3
Tractate Sanhedrin 107a Batsheva mp3

• Did David fulfill his wives in old age?
• Did King David bow to an idol?
• Was the Holocaust divinely decreed?
Rated PG.

Date: 9-27-2011
Size: 23.2 MB
Length: 1 hour 7 min

Shmuel Plotsker Esq.

Shmuel Plotsker, Esq.

Source: The Family Midrash Says

Description: David and Batsheva 2nd Samuel Chapters 11 and 12 according to the "The Family Midrash Says" by Rabbi Weissman (Based on Rashi, Rishonim and Midrashim).
Two-part series presenting a lively look at the contemporary Chareidi view exonerating the King. A far cry from the Abarbanel below!

Part 1
David and Batsheva: Midrash Says mp3
Size: 21.8 MB, Length: 1 hour 4 min
Part 2
David and Batsheva: Midrash Says mp3
Size: 17.7 MB, Length: 52 min

Shmuel Plotsker Esq.

Shmuel Plotsker, Esq.

Source: Abarbanel

Description: A highly critical and controversial look at the alleged affair. This commentator has his "day in court" like a "devil's advocate" attempting to prosecute the righteous King of Israel. An awesome series! Well worth the time.

Part 1
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Size: 17.3 MB, Length: 50 min
Part 2
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Size: 19.2 MB, Length: 56 min
Part 3
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Size: 27.6 MB, Length: 1 hour 20 min
Part 4
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Date 2-15-11, Size: 21.1 MB, 62 min
Part 5
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Date 3-8-11, Size: 29.5 MB, 1 hour 26 min
Part 6
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Size: 19.6 MB, Length 57 min
Part 7
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Size: 19.6 MB, Length 57 min
Part 8
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Size: 21.8 MB, Length 1 hour 3 min
Part 9
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Size: 26.9 MB, Length 1 hour 19 min
Part 10
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Date: 5-17-11, Size: 19.2 MB, Length 56 min
Part 11
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Size: 19.6 MB, Length 57 min
Part 12
The Abarbanel on David and Batsheva mp3
Date: 6-21-11, Size: 14.8 MB, Length 43 min


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