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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 | Levirate Marriage – Learn Torah

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In my recording on the weekly Parasha of Vayeshev, I mentioned an Assyrian law that might shed some light on the deeds of Tamar, and how is it she could have laid with her husband’s father.  We find in the Assyrian law A33 the following:

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Hebrew In Israel | Nehemiah 8:15 and Sukkot – Learn Torah

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I have for many years dealt with the subject of the four species of Leviticus 23:40, and how they are understood in rabbinic interpretation.  This discussion is closely tied to Nehemiah 8:15, a verse that might mean that the four species mentioned in Lev 23 are to be used for building the sukkah.  This is the Karaite and Samaritan understanding, but I want to point out some things before people reject the traditional rabbinic interpretation.  I will admit that there are problems with the rabbinic opinion, but there are fewer issues with it than the Karaite opinion.
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Hebrew In Israel | A Note On Two Words Of The Seventh Month – Learn Torah

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Yom Teru’ah

One of the interesting discussions which exists is what does זִכְרוֹן תְּרוּעָה-Zikhron Teru’ah mean (Vayiqra/Leviticus 23:24).  Many identify this as being a memorial of some sort.  Rabbinic Judaism interprets that when the day falls on Shabbat we only commemorate the sounding of the Shofar, but not actually sound it.  This is in opposition to the term יום תרועה “Yom Teru’ah” (Bamidbar/Numbers 29:1), which is understood as a day where we actually use the Shofar. 

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Hebrew In Israel | Shabbat – Learn Torah

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After speaking at various times and in various venues on the subject of Shabbat, Yoel pulls this information together into one place, answering the common questions about this commandment.

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Hebrew In Israel | Mourning In The Bible – Learn Torah

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From our weekly Hebrew Bible class, Yoel teaches the group about mourning rituals in the Tanakh and in tradition.  Learn what the bible says about tattoos, beards, and tearing clothing, as well as the issues of how long to mourn, cremation, and much, much more.

Hebrew In Israel | Daughters Inheriting – Learn Torah

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At the end of Bamidbar  we read the following:
וַתִּהְיֶינָה מַחְלָה תִרְצָה, וְחָגְלָה וּמִלְכָּה וְנֹעָה–בְּנוֹת צְלָפְחָד:  לִבְנֵי דֹדֵיהֶן, לְנָשִׁים.   מִמִּשְׁפְּחֹת בְּנֵי-מְנַשֶּׁה בֶן-יוֹסֵף, הָיוּ לְנָשִׁים; וַתְּהִי, נַחֲלָתָן, עַל-מַטֵּה, מִשְׁפַּחַת אֲבִיהֶן.
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Hebrew In Israel | How Red Do You Need To Be? – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Torah reading we add the section from the Red Heifer in Numbers 19 which was used to cleanse the people when coming in contact with the dead. The question I want to deal with this time is the colour.

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Hebrew In Israel | What Should I Do With My Tithe? – Learn Torah

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Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then Yehovah shall be my God. And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” – Genesis 28:20-22 

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Hebrew In Israel | Tzitzit – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Parashah, we read about the Tzitizt (fringe) and the Tekhelet (blue cord) which are to be made on the skirt of our garments.  There are several important words which must be discussed in order for us to understand this commandment correctly.


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