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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Devarim – Learn Torah

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In this week’s torah portion, Devarim (words), Israel’s leader, Moshe, delivers his final speech before his death.  Yoel addresses some technical issues surrounding this ancient document, as well as the governing of Israel.

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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.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Matot/Masai – Learn Torah

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What do you do if you caused someone’s death, but it was an accident?  The Torah provides cities of refuge for those who commit manslaughter.  Yoel explains the function of these places in this week’s double torah portion, Matot/Masai (tribes/stages). 

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 | Judges Part 15 – Learn Torah

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Why are there such violent stories in the bible?  In our final episode of the Book of Judges, Yoel and Jono address this question as Israel, due to the vow they took, find a loophole to rebuild the tribe of Benjamin whom they just decimated in the previous chapter.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Pinchas – Learn Torah

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In this week’s torah portion, Pinchas (Phinehas), Yoel addresses textual practices, priesthood, genealogy, and inheritance for women.

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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 | Judges Part 14 – Learn Torah

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In the aftermath of the attack on the Levite’s concubine, the remaining tribes (led by Judah, according to YHWH’s instruction) go against the tribe of Benjamin, but not before losing many casualties themselves.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Balaq – Learn Torah

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This week’s torah portion, Balaq (Balak) contains the very first occurrence of the word Satan in the bible.  Listen as Yoel explains the history of the word and the character.

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