Monthly ArchiveJanuary 2020

"And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms." Yechezqel 37:22

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vayigash – Learn Torah

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“Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah…”

If I’m not descendant of Israel, then what am I?   We answer this question and review the object lesson given to the prophet Yechezqel in this week’s haftarah Vayigash.

Hebrew In Israel | 1 Samuel, Part 8 – Learn Torah

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“Then Sh’mu’el took a flask of oil he had prepared and poured it on Sha’ul’s head.”

We begin with talks about whether the prophets used astrology, and whether women should wear tzitzit, then we dive into 1 Samuel 10 where Shaul is anointed as leader and prophesies. Why was he anointed from a clay vessel rather than a horn of oil?

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Miqetz – Learn Torah

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Joseph’s story gives us several nuggets worthy of examination in this week’s Torah Portion, Miqetz (at the end).

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Miqetz – Learn Torah

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“All Isra’el heard of the decision the king had made and held the king in awe, for they saw that God’s wisdom was in him, enabling him to render justice properly.”

The wisdom given by YHWH connects Yosef in our Torah portion with this week’s Haftarah Miqetz in the famous story of King Solomon.

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vayeshev – Learn Torah

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With a quick return to last week’s portion to address the tomb of Rachel, Yoel presents metaphors from Yosef’s life of exile and servitude, as well as technical elements in the story of Tamar and Yehuda in this week’s Torah Portion, Vayeshev (and He dwelt).

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vayeshev – Learn Torah

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“Of all the families on earth, only you have I intimately known.  This is why I will punish you for all your crimes.”

We discuss oppression–what it is and what it isn’t–as we approach Amos’ prophecy of wisdom, counsel and correction against Israel in this week’s haftarah Vayeshev.

Hebrew In Israel | Theology Through Translation, The Case of Genesis 32:24-31 – Learn Torah

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In this article I will demonstrate that the common understanding throughout the history of commentary on Genesis 32:24-31 has been that the “man” who struggled with Ya’aqov was not God. This is evident from the XXL through to the Midrashim. This article is mostly a collection of sources and not an in-depth discussion on theology. 

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vayishlakh – Learn Torah

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Ya’aqov becomes Israel in this week’s Torah Portion, Vayishlakh (He sent), and it teaches us many profound lessons.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vayishlakh – Learn Torah

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“When that Day comes,” says YHWH, won’t I destroy all the wise men of Edom and leave no discernment on Mount ‘Esav?”

The prophet Ovadiah gives only one prophecy and it’s not to Israel.  We learn about the Edomites in this week’s haftarah Vayishlach.

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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.

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