Monthly ArchiveMarch 2018

"But when the people of Isra’el cried out to YHWH, YHWH raised up for them a savior, Ehud the son of Gera, from the tribe of Binyamin, a left-handed man. The people of Isra’el appointed him to take their tribute to ‘Eglon the king of Mo’av." Judges 3:15

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.

Hebrew In Israel | Leviticus 23, Part 2 – Learn Torah

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In Part 2, we finish the discussion on counting the Omer, addressing the “day after the sabbath” and “firstfruits”; Yom Teruah and what it is for, Yom Hakippurim and “afflicting your soul” from “evening to evening”, Sukkot; what constitutes a sukkah, what are the four species, and why is it just the native-born who can celebrate Sukkot?

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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.

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.”

 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 | Leviticus 23, Part 1 – Learn Torah

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“These are the designated times of YHWH, the holy convocations you are to proclaim at their designated times.”

We begin our study with a discussion on identity since the Feasts are for Israel. Do you have to be a native born Jew to keep the Feasts of YHWH? Do you have to live in Israel? Is Sabbath one of the Feasts? We address these questions and more as we go verse by verse through the text of Leviticus 23 from our Weekly Bible Class. In Part 1 we cover Shabbat, Pesach, Chag Hamatzot and the Wave Sheaf/Omer.

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 | 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”.  We present 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.” 

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, we discuss aspects of the bikkurim (firstfruits) in this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo (when you come).

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