Monthly ArchiveMarch 2019

"On the eighth day, Moshe called Aharon, his sons and the leaders of Isra’el..." Vayiqra 9:1

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Behar – Learn Torah

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This week’s first Torah portion, Behar (On mount), describes the Shemittah (sabbatical year) and the Yovel (Jubilee).  When, where and how are we to keep them?

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Behar – Learn Torah

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“I signed on the purchase contract, sealed it, called witnesses and weighed out the money for him on a balance scale.”

Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) brings witnesses when he buys property in Israel while they are being besieged by Babylon. We examine testimonies and witnesses in the bible as our prelude to Haftarah Behar.

Haftarah Behar: Jeremiah 32:6-27


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EMOR, TORAH PORTION THIS WEEK, TORAH PORTIONS, WEEKLY TORAH PORTION

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Emor – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Torah portion, Emor (speak), we see how the cohanim (priests) are supposed to look and behave as representatives of God on earth.

Hebrew In Israel | Plural God – Learn Torah

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How do we understand who God is? We discuss the perceptions of God by Maimonides and examine the three passages in Genesis that speak of God in the plural in this excerpt from a private lesson with one of my students.

Haftarah Emor, Emor, Ezekiel 44, Kohanim, Cohanim

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Emor – Learn Torah

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‘However, the cohanim, who are L’vi’im and descendants of Tzadok, who took care of my sanctuary when the people of Isra’el went astray from me — they are the ones who will approach me and serve me”

Haftarah Emor gives us the priest and prophet Yechezqel (Ezekiel) who lays out the requirements (some of which differ from Torah) for the kohanim in the rebuilt temple.

Haftarah Emor: Ezekiel 44:15-31

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BE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY, KEDOSHIM, LEVITICUS 19, LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR, LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF, TORAH PORTION,

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Qedoshim – Learn Torah

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In this week’s second Torah portion, Qedoshim (holy ones), Yoel examines the laws for our social structure that make us holy by upholding order and reducing chaos.

Hebrew In Israel | Joshua 5 and The Omer – Learn Torah

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The point of this article is not when we bring the Omer, but rather can we use Joshua 5 to argue for a date.  However, the discussion of when we start counting is unavoidable.  I will also note before we start that there are different opinions between scholars on how to treat this subject, and the point here is to give another point of view without offending anyone or creating animosity.

Haftarah Qedoshim, Kedoshim, Ezekiel 20

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Qedoshim – Learn Torah

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“‘Have you come to consult me? As I live,’ says Adonai YHWH, ‘I swear that I will not let you consult me.”

Some elders of Israel get an earful when they sit down with Yechezqel to seek YHWH. We touch on midrash, end of days / latter days, and holiness in Haftarah Qedoshim.

Haftarah Qedoshim: Ezekiel 20:1-20

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DAY OF ATONEMENT, LEVITICUS 16, TORAH PORTION, WHAT IS YOM KIPPUR, YOM KIPPUR, YOM KIPPUR FASTING, YOM KIPPUR MEANING

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Acharey Mot – Learn Torah

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In this week’s first Torah portion, Acharey Mot (after the death), Yoel walks us through the procedures and insights connected to Yom Hakippurim (Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement).

Haftarah Acharey Mot, Acharei Mot, Amos 9

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Acharey Mot – Learn Torah

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“I will plant them on their own soil, no more to be uprooted from their land, which I gave them,” says YHWH your God.”

Haftarah Acharey Mot gives us Amos’ fifth vision depicting a shaking and sifting of Israel, and we discuss who Israel is, whether born into covenant or not.

Haftarah Acharey Mot: Amos 9:7-15

(Our study covers all of chapter 9)


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