Biblical Law

Hebrew In Israel | New Moon Shabbat – Learn Torah

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An examination of the relationship of the New moon and Shabbat in Biblical Times

“Is the New moon day a Shabbat?” has been a discussion in Torah observant groups for many years. The common argument is that the day of the new moon is the starter of a cycle of seven days, where the seventh or eighth day is a day of rest. In this article, I will examine the use of Amos 8:5 in the claim, and look into historical evidence on the matter.[1]

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Matot/Masai – Learn Torah

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What do you do if you caused someone’s death, but it was an accident?  The Torah provides cities of refuge for those who commit manslaughter.  Yoel explains the function of these places for the double torah portion, Matot/Masai (tribes/stages). 

Não Falar o Nome

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Não Falar o Nome – Aprenda Torah

A Proibição de Falar o Nome – Uma Visão Geral de Fontes Selecionadas

Ultimamente eu tenho visto a renovação do debate em relação ao uso do nome de Deus.  O assunto à mão não é sobre a pronúncia correta, mas sobre o assunto base de usar o nome em geral.

Tem-se tornado um clamor comum que os sábios Judaicos, ou rabis, são aqueles que decretaram uma proibição sobre falar o nome de Deus. Contudo, um exame das fontes leva a uma conclusão completamente diferente.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Chuqat – Learn Torah

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This week’s torah portion, Chukat (regulation), gives us the strange command concerning the red heifer.  Listen as Yoel sheds some light from the ancient world on this regulation.

Hebrew In Israel | Not Speaking The Name – Learn Torah

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Lately I have been seeing the renewal of the debate in regard to the use of the name of God. The subject at hand is not about the correct pronunciation, but on the base subject of using the name in overall. 

It has become a common claim that the Jewish sages, or rabbis, are the ones who decreed a prohibition on speaking God’s name. However, an examination of the sources leads to a completely different conclusion. 

Hebrew In Israel | Unity Above All – Learn Torah

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“Then Hizkiyahu sent to all Isra’el and Y’hudah, and wrote letters also to Efrayim and M’nasheh, summoning them to the house of YHWH in Yerushalayim, to keep the Pesach to YHWH the God of Isra’el.”

2 Chronicles 30:1

From our weekly bible class, we look at how converts have been handled at different times, and how King Hizkiyahu’s passover is a defining point in the history of identity.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Tzav – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Torah portion, Tzav (command), we examine the merciful concepts contained in the sacrificial system.

Hebrew In Israel | Joshua 5 and The Omer – Learn Torah

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The point of this article is not when we bring the Omer, but rather can we use Joshua 5 to argue for a date.  However, the discussion of when we start counting is unavoidable.  I will also note before we start that there are different opinions between scholars on how to treat this subject, and the point here is to give another point of view without offending anyone or creating animosity.

Hebrew In Israel | Was Esav Really Wronged – Learn Torah

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Was Esav really wronged?

The following article asks the question of what were the legal grounds in Bereshit 27:1-28:5 for the removal of the blessings from Esav to Ya’aqov.

The story of Ya’aqov taking away the blessing of the first-born from Esav seems to be an immoral act on the part of Ya’aqov.  Being a man of the tents, one would assume Ya’aqov would have had a much more moral path of life, and would have not agreed to his mother’s command.  However, when looking into the practices of inheritance, we actually find that what was done was in complete compliance with law and custom.


Hebrew In Israel | Yom Teruah – Learn Torah

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What does “Yom Teruah” mean?  What is it about?  How is it observed?  Why is it called Rosh Hashanah?  Why is this day a shabbat?  What do the blasts sound like? Yoel and Jono discuss these questions and we listen to the sounds of the shofar on Yom Teruah.

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