Monthly ArchiveAugust 2016

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Ha’azinu – Learn Torah

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“He makes me swift and sure-footed as a deer and enables me to stand on my high places.”  2 Samuel 22:34  Biblical poetry about God’s protection and deliverance is the common thread between this week’s torah portion and haftarah Ha’azinu.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vayelekh – Learn Torah

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“Return, Isra’el, to YHWH your God, for your guilt has made you stumble.”  This week’s haftarah teaching from Hoshea holds a beautiful picture of repentance and God’s great love for Israel.

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Hebrew In Israel | Yom Teruah – Learn Torah

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What does “Yom Teruah” mean?  What is it about?  How is it observed?  Why is it called Rosh Hashanah?  Why is this day a shabbat?  What do the blasts sound like? Yoel and Jono discuss these questions and we listen to the sounds of the shofar on Yom Teruah.

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Hebrew In Israel | The Menorah – Learn Torah

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When it comes to the Menorah, no other symbol carries more meaning in the Jewish world.  From ancient art to the symbol of the state of Israel, the Menorah has been a symbol of light to Israel and the nations.  However, when it comes to how the Menorah was made, several questions arise.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Nitzavim-Vayelech – Learn Torah

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“Life and good” or “death and evil” is the choice given to those standing before God, as well as to “those who are not here with us today”.  Yoel presents implications of these passages and more in this week’s Torah portion, Nitzavim (standing).

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Nitzavim – Learn Torah

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“…for he has clothed me in salvation, dressed me with a robe of triumph, like a bridegroom wearing a festive turban, like a bride adorned with her jewels.”  Isaiah 61:10

BarMitzvahs, cantillation, Yemenite brides and Edomites all take part in this week’s presentation of Haftarah Nitzavim.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Ki Tavo – Learn Torah

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After an additional note about polygamy from last week’s parashah, Yoel discusses aspects of the bikkurim (firstfruits) in this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo (when you come).

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Ki Tavo – Learn Torah

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“Arise, shine, for your light has come, the glory of YHWH has risen over you.”  All of Isaiah chapter 60 is the 6th of our 7 prophecies of comfort.  We also address what can be learned from Ancient Near East references in the Bible and how to derive the meaning of Hebrew words. 

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Ki Tetze – Learn Torah

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“I was angry for a moment and hid my face from you; but with everlasting grace I will have compassion on you,” says YHWH your Redeemer.”  The words of comfort continue in Isaiah 54, and we address the origin of the haftarah readings as well as who are the Samaritans.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Ki Tetze – Learn Torah

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Yoel brings an historic perspective to some awkward and controversial issues in this week’s torah portion, Ki Tetze (when you go out).

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