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Hebrew In Israel | The Half Shekel Temple Tax – Learn Torah

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During the second temple period a custom developed to give a half shekel to the temple.  The act is known as “The half shekel temple tax”.  Little do people know that this tax was not agreed upon by all.

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Hebrew In Israel | Is The Torah A Religion? – Learn Torah

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The Oxford dictionary defines religion as the following:

  1. The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

          ‘ideas about the relationship between science and religion’

  1. 1.1count noun A particular system of faith and worship.

          ‘the world’s great religions’

  1. 1.2count noun A pursuit or interest followed with great devotion.

          ‘consumerism is the new religion’

After giving the modern English definition of the word, we ask ourselves “Is the Torah a religion?”

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Hebrew In Israel | Miqveh – Learn Torah

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Where does the practice of baptism come from?  Yoel walks us through its history explaining the linguistic, biblical, and cultural factors of ritual washing and purity from Genesis to the time of Yeshua and into today.  This lecture was given during the feast of Sukkot 2016 to a group from the US.



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Hebrew In Israel | The New Moon Conundrum – Learn Torah

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Yoel presents the history behind the new moon conundrum and the Hillel II calendar.  Should we use calculations, the dark moon, the sighted moon?  Who has biblical authority regarding the calendar and what about the Enoch calendar? 

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Hebrew In Israel | Heaven And Hell – Learn Torah

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Does the Tanakh present a Devil and Demons who act without God’s permission?  Satan, Evil Spirits, Zoroastrianism, Sheol, Gehinnom and Samuel’s Spirit make their appearance in this discussion with Jono Vandor of

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Hebrew In Israel | History Of Hanukkah – Learn Torah

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Join Yoel as he explains the source materials and the historical framework behind Hanukkah, the reason for the rebellion, and the reason for the anti-religious decrees in Israel when it was not done elsewhere.

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Hebrew In Israel | Clothing and Vanity – Learn Torah

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In Genesis 37:3, the Torah tells us that Jacob gave Joseph a – כְּתֹנֶת פַּסִּים KToNet PaSSiM, the nature of which has baffled many people.  In reading on this subject I have found several interesting opinions:

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Hebrew In Israel | Esav’s Clothing – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Parashah we are told the following:

וַתִּקַּח רִבְקָה אֶת בִּגְדֵי עֵשָׂו בְּנָהּ הַגָּדֹל  הַחֲמֻדֹת  אֲשֶׁר אִתָּהּ בַּבָּיִת

“Then Rebecca took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house”  Gen 27:15

The Hebrew calls Esau’s clothing חמדת which is translated as best/favorite.

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Hebrew In Israel | Marriage In The ANE – Learn Torah

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What was the legal structure of marriage in the ancient world?  Here I discuss the basic ideas about marriage, and demonstrate from several texts what we know was done.  I go into what was probably legally considered marriage in ancient Israel.

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Hebrew In Israel | Malkitsedeq – Learn Torah

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Who is Malkitsedeq and what is the possible history that created the “order of Malkitsedeq”. This is an historical overview of the documents we have about this person.  This history is strongly linked to the 2nd temple and the sectarian argument.  By no means is this an attack on anyone, but I think that very little information is out there about how this concept came to be.

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