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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 Acharey Mot – Learn Torah

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In this week’s first Torah portion, Acharey Mot (after the death), Yoel walks us through the procedures and insights connected to Yom Hakippurim (Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement).

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Hebrew In Israel | Beyin Ha’arbayim – When Is Pesach Done? – Learn Torah

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The term בין הערביים –Beyin Ha’Arbayim is temporal construct form used to describe a specific time of day, and found in several places in the Bible.  One of the most important places it is used is in connection to the time of the Pesach sacrifice as prescribed in Exodus 12:6.  This term has created many arguments over when to do things, and in fact has raised the question of how does the Torah understand time in overall.

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Hebrew In Israel | How Old Am I? – Learn Torah

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A question which I deal with every year, but do not have a conclusive answer:  How old did the Pesach lamb have to be?

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Hebrew In Israel | Weekly Hebrew Bible Class on Passover – Learn Torah

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Take a detailed stroll through the opening verses of Exodus 12 as Yoel teaches this Passover text to the weekly group Hebrew Bible Class.  You will hear the Hebrew text read, translated and explained according to the ancient culture.

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Hebrew In Israel | Purim – T2U – Learn Torah

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The book of Esther presents a story that is celebrated every year in the holiday of Purim.  Yoel and Jono discuss Esther & Mordechai’s names, the historic accuracy of the book, walk us through the profound events with the Persians and how the holiday is celebrated.

Hebrew In Israel | Hosh’a-Na and The Name – Learn Torah

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An interesting point about the Hosha-Na practice:

We must remember that the time frame I am talking about is at a time where many had already refrained from speaking the name of God, so I use the idea of hinting in this argument about The Name.  The practice of not speaking God’s name has been traced by some scholars to the 3rd and even 4th centuries.

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Hebrew In Israel | Sukkot – Learn Torah

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“We were taken out of Egypt to make sure we receive the promise to Abraham of the good land…  The days of Sukkot are actually a celebration of the gift and the goodness that God gives us by allowing us to sit on the land.”  Yoel and Jono Vandor discuss the textual evidence and traditional opinions of what 

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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 | Yom Kippur – T2U – Learn Torah

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How do we know we are to fast?  What constitutes afflicting the soul in the Rabbinic world?  Is Blood Required For All Atonement?  Yoel answers these questions as well as

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