Monthly ArchiveJune 2015

isaiah 40, isaiah 41, hebrew symbols, bible prophecy,

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Lekh Lekha – Learn Torah

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“I will make you into a threshing-sledge, new, with sharp, pointed teeth, to thresh the mountains and crush them to dust, to reduce the hills to chaff.”

When do you know when biblical text is literal or metaphoric?  We look at how to understand biblical metaphors and idioms with this week’s haftarah in Isaiah 40 and 41.

Noah and Ham,curse of ham, ham bible, ham's sin, noah drunk, noah's children, noah's sons, shem ham japheth, why did noah curse canaan, why did noah curse ham,

Hebrew In Israel | Noach and Cham – Learn Torah

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In this short podcast, we look closer at some of the interpretations of what Cham did to Noach and the sources of these interpretations.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Noach – Learn Torah

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Who stole my bible?!  In this week’s torah portion, Noach (Noah), Yoel further addresses the claim that parts of the Tanakh were stolen from other cultures and writings by examining elements of the account of the flood.

haftarah noach, isaiah 54

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Noach – Learn Torah

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“For me this is like Noach’s flood.  Just as I swore that no flood like Noach’s would ever again cover the earth, so now I swear that never again will I be angry with you or rebuke you.

We learn about Samaritans and the origins of the haftarah readings as a supplement to this week’s haftarah from Yeshayahu 54.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Bereshit – Learn Torah

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We open our renewed Torah cycle in Bereshit (In the beginning) with an academic comparison and contrast of the elements in the Torah with other creation stories.

evil in the bible, adam and eve, tree of knowledge of good and evil, God and Satan, genesis story, genesis 2, genesis 3

Hebrew In Israel | Evil In Genesis 2-3 – Learn Torah

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When examining the narrative of Genesis 2-3, the Hebrew word for Evil רע-r’a is used in a manner which raises questions over what this evil is, and how it affects the narrative.  In this article I will examine the different aspects of this matter, and will try to present an interpretation of this subject.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Bereshit – Learn Torah

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“The blind I will lead on a road they don’t know, on roads they don’t know I will lead them; I will turn darkness to light before them, and straighten their twisted paths.  These are things I will do without fail.”

Some history of ancient temple liturgy precedes our presentation of Haftarah Bereshit in which Isaiah describes the powerful promise to save and restore YHWH’s exiled covenant people.

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vezot Haberakhah – Learn Torah

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Join Yoel and Jeff Gilbert as we wrap up this year’s Torah cycle with Vezot Haberakhah (this is the blessing).

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vezot Haberachah – Learn Torah

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“Only be strong and very bold in taking care to follow all the Torah which Moshe my servant ordered you to follow; do not turn from it either to the right or to the left; then you will succeed wherever you go.”

Our haftarah presents the transition of leadership from Moshe to Joshua.  This lesson is supplemented with history on the Torah reading cycle traditions.

Song of Moses, Deuteronomy 32, Torah portion haazinu,

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Ha’azinu – Learn Torah

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From the Talking Torah Round Table torah portions with Jeff Gilbert, this week’s Torah portion, Ha’azinu (listen) has Yoel and Jeff discussing the details of Hebrew Poetry and what the symbolism used in this song is all about.

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