Monthly ArchiveApril 2019

"This is to be the law concerning the person afflicted with tzara‘at on the day of his purification..." Vayiqra 14:2

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Metzora’ – Learn Torah

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In this week’s second Torah portion, Metzora’ (leper), Yoel explains the nature of biblical leprosy, the social condition of the leper and other realities of leprosy that we find in the Tanakh.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Metzora – Learn Torah

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“What we are doing is wrong. At a time of good news like this, we shouldn’t keep it to ourselves. If we wait even till morning, we will earn only punishment…”

Our story of four lepers who bring about relief for Israel is prefaced with some background of Arameans and the historical setting of haftarah Metzora’.

Haftarah Metzora’: 2 Kings 7:3-20; 13:23


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Hebrew In Israel | How The Aviv Works – Learn Torah

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Yoel explains the practical logistics of this component of the feasts and calendar based on the Aviv Search of 2019. This teaching was presented to our Weekly Bible Class group.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Tazria – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Torah portion, Tazria (she conceives), Yoel addresses the odd laws of childbirth and blood flow.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Tazri’a – Learn Torah

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“He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.”

The God of Israel interacts in a mighty way with the Syrian army leader, Naaman in this week’s haftarah Tazri’a. This recording is an excerpt from our Weekly Bible Class.

Haftarah Tazri’a: 2 Kings 4:42-5:19


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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Shmini – Learn Torah

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This week’s Torah portion, Shmini (eighth), contains the dietary laws of God.  Listen as Yoel explains about Kosher practices in the home.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Shmini – Learn Torah

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“When they arrived at Nakhon’s threshing-floor, the oxen stumbled; and ‘Uzah put out his hand to steady the ark of God.”

You can be sincere, but you can be sincerely wrong. In contrast to last week’s example of underreaching with Torah, this week we see overreaching and the effects of stepping outside the boundaries of Torah.

Haftarah Shmini: 2 Samuel 6:1-19


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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Tzav – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Torah portion, Tzav (command), Yoel examines the merciful concepts contained in the sacrificial system.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Tzav – Learn Torah

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“But they neither listened nor paid attention, but lived according to their own plans, in the stubbornness of their evil hearts, thus going backward and not forward.”

We discuss the repetitive cycle of the erosion of mankind and the lessons to be learned from Yirmeyahu, the kohen who never got to be a kohen, in Haftarah Tzav.

Haftarah Tzav: Jeremiah 7:21 – 8:3


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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vayiqra – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Torah portion, Vayiqra (and He called), Yoel looks into the structure of Leviticus and the sacrificial system to give an overall description of the main sacrifices and offerings.

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