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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Devarim – Learn Torah

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“Come now,” says YHWH, “let’s talk this over together.  Even if your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow; even if they are red as crimson, they will be like wool.”  Isaiah 1:18  Yoel reads from Sennacherib’s annals and presents the historic backdrop of the prophet Isaiah–the prophet of hope–as he walks us through Isaiah chapter 1.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Masai – Learn Torah

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“For my people have committed two evils:  they have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water!”  Haftarah Masai brings us Jeremiah’s first prophecy for Israel and appeal for her return.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Matot – Learn Torah

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Jeremiah is dedicated by God to be a prophet in Haftarah Matot.  Yoel presents the historic context of his day, his predestination, and the visions of the almond branch and boiling pot.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Pinchas – Learn Torah

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Is it possible to get worn out in the service of God?  Is it possible that Elijah misunderstood his mission?  Elijah runs away from Jezebel and wants to die, after the spectacular events at Mt Carmel, in this week’s haftarah Pinchas.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Balaq – Learn Torah

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From Micah’s prophecy to Israel, Yoel examines Cultural influence/Cultural Imperialism, YHWH’s  legal plea against Israel, as well as a critical and deadly mistake people make in trying to understand the bible in this week’s haftarah Balaq.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Chuqat – Learn Torah

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Who is Yiftach (Jephthah)?  Why was the name of another god on his lips and what are we to make of his shocking vow?  Yoel fleshes out his backstory from what the biblical text and ancient culture tell us about his birth, home, upbringing and social life, and offers insight on these questions.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Qorach – Learn Torah

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The prophet Shmu’el (Samuel) gives a speech to the people at the end of his life as Shaul (Saul) is inaugurated as Israel’s first earthly King.  Yoel walks us through the Hebrew text and introduces us to the motif of speeches in the bible and kingship in Israel in Haftarah Qorach.


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