Monthly ArchiveOctober 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." Yeshayahu 54:10

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Yitro – Learn Torah

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We explore Moses’ encounter with Yitro and the revelation of YHWH at Mt. Sinai in this week’s Torah Portion, Yitro (Jethro).

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Beshalach – Learn Torah

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Packed with information, Yoel presents nugget after historic nugget from this week’s Torah Portion, Beshalach (after he had let go).

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Beshalach – Learn Torah

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“Barak answered her: “If you go with me, I’ll go; but if you won’t go with me, I won’t go.”

The song of Devorah connects haftarah Beshalach to the Torah portion containing the Song on the Sea. Jono and Yoel discuss Devorah; judge and prophetess of Israel, and what we need to know about Hebrew root words and songs in the bible in this episode of our Light of the Prophets series.

Hebrew In Israel | Winter Words – Learn Torah

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We are now deep into winter in the land of Israel, and there are several good Hebrew words worth discussing which appear in the Hebrew Bible. 

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Bo – Learn Torah

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Jeff Gilbert and Yoel talk about aspects of the first Pesach and the annual reenactments in this week’s Torah Portion Bo (enter), as well as taking an interesting detour into bee honey, camel’s milk and mother’s milk.

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Hebrew In Israel | Bo: A Misunderstood Verb – Learn Torah

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Very commonly we find that words carry a very different meaning than most of us would assume.  In many cases a commentator will give an incorrect meaning to a word based on their own understanding of the language used at their time.  It is always important to look into the often used format for a word in a text, together with the overall meaning we find in the Bible.  I saw an interesting anecdote about the name of this week’s parasha Bo based on a very common Midrash used in Jewish circles.

Haftarah Bo, Jeremiah 46

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Bo – Learn Torah

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“Why has your strong one been overthrown?  He failed to stand because YHWH pushed him down.”

Jeremiah prophesies that Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon is sent to conquer Egypt in haftarah Bo.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vaera – Learn Torah

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What does it mean that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart?  We examine the concept of Free Will, as well as the significance of the Nile and more in this week’s Torah Portion, Vaera (I appeared).

Haftarah Vaera, Ezekiel 29

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vaera – Learn Torah

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“I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, you big crocodile lying in the streams of the Nile!”

The hubris, and therefore demise, of Egypt connects this week’s parashah and haftarah Vaera.  We look at the background of Egypt and the historical setting of this prophecy against Pharaoh Hophra in Ezekiel 29.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Shemot – Learn Torah

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We present midrashic, historic, archaeological and cultural aspects to several points in this week’s Torah Portion Shemot (names).

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