Author Archive Yoel Halevi

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. 

in the evening, passover, passover feast, passover in the bible, pesach, what time is evening, when does passover start, when is passover

Hebrew In Israel | Beyin Ha’arbayim – When Is Pesach Done? – Learn Torah

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The term בין הערביים –Beyin Ha’Arbayim is temporal construct form used to describe a specific time of day, and found in several places in the Bible.  One of the most important places it is used is in connection to the time of the Pesach sacrifice as prescribed in Exodus 12:6.  This term has created many arguments over when to do things, and in fact has raised the question of how does the Torah understand time in overall.

Biblical Hebrew, paschal lamb, passover, passover lamb, pesach, pesach lamb

Hebrew In Israel | How Old Am I? – Learn Torah

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A question which I deal with every year, but do not have a conclusive answer:  How old did the Pesach lamb have to be?

exodus 30, half shekel, temple tax,

Hebrew In Israel | The Half Shekel Temple Tax – Learn Torah

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During the second temple period a custom developed to give a half shekel to the temple.  The act is known as “The half shekel temple tax”.  Little do people know that this tax was not agreed upon by all.

Worship, bow down

Hebrew In Israel | Worship? – Learn Torah

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Probably one of the more misunderstood Hebrew verbs is להשתחוות.  This verb has been translated as “to worship”, which has spun many ideas which are not true.  The verb’s root is debated, varying from שחה to חוה.  The main issue is the context this verb appears in.  It is true that as a general idea the verb can be used as “to worship”, however it actually means “to bow down”.  Cases where the verb would mean “to worship” are only if it is used as a lone verb of worshiping, and when it is directed to God.  Any other case only means “to bow down”.

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