Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2019

"For the mountains may leave and the hills be removed, but my grace will never leave you, and my covenant of peace will not be removed,” says Adonai, who has compassion on you." Isaiah 54:10

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 Shoftim – Learn Torah

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We examine the structure of authority that God established for Israel in this week’s torah portion, Shoftim (judges).


Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Shoftim – Learn Torah

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“Shake off the dust! Arise! Be enthroned, Yerushalayim! Loosen the chains on your neck, captive daughter of Tziyon!”

Is it ok to question God?  Does asking questions of God mean you doubt Him? We look at these questions and hear the powerful promises of hope in this week’s Haftarah, Shoftim.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Re’eh – Learn Torah

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This week’s torah portion, Re’eh (see) gives us instructions for identifying true prophets.

Hebrew In Israel | 1 Samuel, Part 3 – Learn Torah

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…and Samuel was lying down in the temple of YHWH, where the ark of God was. Then YHWH called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!”

At a time when the word of God was rare, a boy dedicated by his mother is established as a prophet. Jono and Yoel discuss Samuel’s first revelation of the God of Israel. 1 Samuel, Chapter 3.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Re’eh – Learn Torah

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“Listen carefully to me, and you will eat well, you will enjoy the fat of the land.”

How did early Judaism understand the Messianic Era, and what developed throughout time in Jewish thought?  Haftarah Re’eh describes a day of lush abundance for the land and people who are faithful to YHWH.

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Eqev – Learn Torah

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Profound thoughts and questions arise in this week’s torah portion, Eqev (because), as Yoel looks at the mentioning of placing the tablets of stone in the ark.


Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Eqev – Learn Torah

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“YHWH says: “Where is your mother’s divorce document which I gave her when I divorced her? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? You were sold because of your sins; because of your crimes was your mother divorced.”

Did YHWH forsake Israel?  Who is the suffering servant in Isaiah 50 and where is the divorce document?  We address these questions, as well as why Isaiah 53 is not included among the haftarot, as we examine the text of Haftarah Eqev.

Hebrew In Israel | Happy? – Learn Torah

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How do we explain the first word in the book of psalms?

אַשְׁרֵי הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר לֹא הָלַךְ בַּעֲצַת רְשָׁעִים

Most translations say “happy” but what does it mean?  It is clear that the word is declarative, but does “happy” really mean the same thing as אשרי?

Hebrew In Israel | 1 Samuel, Part 2 – Learn Torah

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With a quick review of the command to not eat blood, Jono and Yoel continue in chapter 2 with the corrupt practices of the sons of Eli and how the priesthood was removed from this family.

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