Monthly ArchiveMarch 2017

"Calendars are strongly connected to religion, but religion is not just the festivals"

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Naso – Learn Torah

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In this week’s torah portion, Naso (take), Yoel addresses points about the law of those sent out of the camp, the sotah (woman suspected of adultery), and the Nazirite vow.

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Hebrew In Israel | Judges Part 9 – Learn Torah

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Chapters 14 & 15 bring up discussion about possible violations of Samson’s nazirite vow,  the biblical stance on more than one wife, as well as the connection between Lehi and the jawbone of an ass.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Bamidbar – Learn Torah

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This week’s Torah portion, Bamidbar (in the wilderness), Yoel addresses several aspects of numbers in the bible.

Hebrew In Israel | Yovel, Shofar and Freedom- Learn Torah

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When you try to find a meaning of a word, sometimes the meaning cannot be found in a dictionary, but in a book of a different nature.  I was reading M. Weinfeld’s book on justice in the ancient world and found an interesting interpretation of the word יובל Yovel– Jubilee. 

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Bechuqotai – Learn Torah

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Jeff and Yoel discuss the return to Eden; role and types of prophets, including Joel’s promise of sons and daughters prophesying, and holding the blessings and curses by faith and tangibility in this combined broadcast of parashat Bechukotai (By my regulations) and Hoshea chapter 11.

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Hebrew In Israel | Judges Part 8 – Learn Torah

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The birth of Shimshon (Samson) takes center stage in our next segment of the book of Judges as Jono and Yoel examine the Nazirite vow, angels, the issue of cross-breeding and much more in Chapter 13.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Behar – Learn Torah

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This week’s first Torah portion, Behar (On mount), describes the Shemittah (sabbatical year) and the Yovel (Jubilee).  When, where and how are we to keep them?

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Hebrew In Israel | Judges Part 7 – Learn Torah

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The issue of oaths comes to light in the story of Yiftach (Jephthah), who vows to sacrifice whatever comes out of his house, as Yoel and Jono examine chapters 10-12.  A listener’s question on the fasts of Zech 8:19 is also addressed after the opening shmoozing session.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Emor – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Torah portion, Emor (speak), we see how the cohanim (priests) are supposed to look and behave as representatives of God on earth.

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Hebrew In Israel | Judges Part 6 – Learn Torah

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What is a concubine?  This question kicks off the many topics in the story of Gideon’s son, Avimelech, as Yoel and Jono also discuss the text from his birth to his demise.

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