Monthly ArchiveAugust 2018

"When you have come to the land YHWH your God is giving you as your inheritance, taken possession of it, and settled there..." Deuteronomy 26:1

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vayetse – Learn Torah

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From inheritance issues to polygamy to bizarre genetic engineering, this week’s Torah Portion, Vayetse (He went out) tells us about the life of Ya’aqov.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vayetse – Learn Torah

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“Return, Isra’el, to YHWH your God, for your guilt has made you stumble.”

Did you know there was a god who retired?  From our Hoshea series, Jeff and Yoel discuss the Israelites’ understanding of Canaanite/Phoenecian gods El and Ba’al, and the effect on their relationship with YHWH.  Also, Hosea 12:14 leads to an intriguing discussion of Moses, Malachi and Elijah.

Hebrew In Israel | Was Esav Really Wronged – Learn Torah

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Was Esav really wronged?

The following article asks the question of what were the legal grounds in Bereshit 27:1-28:5 for the removal of the blessings from Esav to Ya’aqov.

The story of Ya’aqov taking away the blessing of the first-born from Esav seems to be an immoral act on the part of Ya’aqov.  Being a man of the tents, one would assume Ya’aqov would have had a much more moral path of life, and would have not agreed to his mother’s command.  However, when looking into the practices of inheritance, we actually find that what was done was in complete compliance with law and custom.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Toldot – Learn Torah

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“A son honors his father and a servant his master. But if I’m a father, where is the honor due me? and if I’m a master, where is the respect due me?

We hear from the last prophet, Malachi, and learn about prophecy and the historical background of Malachi’s time.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Chaye Sarah – Learn Torah

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There is a critical, ancient Hittite-Israelite contract that gets overlooked in this week’s Torah Portion, Chayei Sarah (Sarah’s life).  Listen as Yoel brings out the legal details recorded in this transaction.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Chaye Sarah – Learn Torah

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“‘My lord, king, didn’t you swear to your servant, “Your son Shlomo will be king after me; he will sit on my throne”? So why is Adoniyah king?’

In this week’s haftarah Chaye Sarah, we explore the mindset and character of King David as well as politics in the bible as the kingship passes from King David to Shlomo.

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Hebrew In Israel | Mashiach – Learn Torah

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The word משיח-Mashiach-Messiah is derived from the root משח which is mostly associated with the idea of placing oil on something or someone.  The act of anointing was performed as an act of dedication of a person or an item to a service (mostly to God).  In this article, I will be looking into the background of this act, and the meaning of the title Mashiach.

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vayera – Learn Torah

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This week’s Torah Portion, Vayera (and He appeared), tells us about the second departure of Hagar from Abraham and Sarah.  Listen in on our weekly bible class as Yoel walks us through a textual comparison of chapters 21 and 16, as well as Abraham’s covenant with Avimelech.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vayera – Learn Torah

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“Then go in; shut the door, with you and your sons inside; and pour oil into all those containers; and as they are filled, put them aside.

The prophet Elisha cares for two widows in this week’s haftarah Vayera.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Lekh Lekha – Learn Torah

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There are lessons for the modern ger (stranger) in the account of Avram.  We also explain historic and legal points about Melchizedek, Hagar and circumcision in this week’s torah portion, Lekh-Lekha (GO!).

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