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Hebrew In Israel | Evil In Genesis 2-3 – Learn Torah

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When examining the narrative of Genesis 2-3, the Hebrew word for Evil רע-r’a is used in a manner which raises questions over what this evil is, and how it affects the narrative.  In this article I will examine the different aspects of this matter, and will try to present an interpretation of this subject.

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Hebrew In Israel | The Menorah – Learn Torah

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When it comes to the Menorah, no other symbol carries more meaning in the Jewish world.  From ancient art to the symbol of the state of Israel, the Menorah has been a symbol of light to Israel and the nations.  However, when it comes to how the Menorah was made, several questions arise.

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Hebrew In Israel | Love YHWH – Learn Torah

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One of the basic stipulations of any covenant in the world is the principle of trust and loyalty between the two or more parties.  Many books and papers have been written on the subject of covenants and treaties, but in this short paper I will examine one of the most important words used in covenant language–Love. 

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Hebrew In Israel | Dagon, Dagan and Misunderstood Names – Learn Torah

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וַיִּקְחוּ פְלִשְׁתִּים אֶתאֲרוֹן הָאֱלֹהִים, וַיָּבִאוּ אֹתוֹ בֵּית דָּגוֹן; וַיַּצִּיגוּ אֹתוֹ, אֵצֶל דָּגוֹן

The Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the temple of Dagon, where they positioned it beside Dagon” 1Sam 5:2

The name Dagon has been always associated with the fish like god which many try to depict as a merman–a half man, half fish.  It is understood that the word דָּג-Dag-fish is incorporated into his name.  However, this is probably a misunderstanding and the name is actually דָּגָן-Dagan-Grain.

Hebrew In Israel | Sukkot and the Documentary Hypothesis – Learn Torah

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One of the common arguments in Documentary Hypothesis (DH) is that the Torah is built from many documents (E, J, JE, P, H and D) which were written by different authors, and were placed together by someone later in time to create the whole Torah we have today.  This division has driven most of the Biblical Studies world, and is taught in many schools with some to little criticism.  However, new documentation from the Ancient Near East (ANE) has shown that at least some of the assumptions of the system are incorrect, and in some cases detached from historical discourse.

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Hebrew In Israel | How Red Do I Need To Be? – Learn Torah

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Numbers 19 discusses the subject of the “red heifer”, which was used to cleanse the people when coming in contact with the dead.  In this article I want to discuss the question of colour of the heifer, and what may or may not disqualify the animal from being used.

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Hebrew In Israel | Was Qorach Bald? – Learn Torah

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Unfortunately we have many attempts by well-meaning teachers to teach the public on different topics.  In our case, we are dealing with a seemingly simple case of Hebrew.

The name קֹרַח-Qorach shares a form with the word קֵרֵחַ-Qereach-Bald.  Martin Noth, for example, argued that the name Qorach was derived from the Hebrew word for “bald”, but many others have done the same.

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Hebrew In Israel | Seal Of Tzitzit – Learn Torah

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הָיָה לָכֶם, לְצִיצִת, וּרְאִיתֶם אֹתוֹ וּזְכַרְתֶּם אֶת-כָּל-מִצְוות יְהוָה, וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם

“It is to be a tzitzit for you to look at and thereby remember all of YHWH’s commandments and obey them”

Numbers 15:39

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Hebrew In Israel | Priestly Blessing By A Stranger – Learn Torah

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On occasion when I meet a group not from Jewish descent, I get asked to give the Priestly Blessing after I talk.  The first time this happened I asked why, and the answer was that this was a common practice, and that teachers do this all the time.  I will admit I was surprised because this is unheard of in the Jewish world.  When I declined, I was asked why.  My answer is based on wording in the text.

Hebrew In Israel | Yovel, Shofar and Freedom- Learn Torah

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When you try to find a meaning of a word, sometimes the meaning cannot be found in a dictionary, but in a book of a different nature.  I was reading M. Weinfeld’s book on justice in the ancient world and found an interesting interpretation of the word יובל Yovel– Jubilee. 

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