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Hebrew In Israel | Rain 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).

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Shemot – Learn Torah

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“‘I passed by and saw you there, wallowing in your own blood; and as you lay in your blood I said to you, “Live!””

There are three traditional readings for haftarah Shemot.  We will examine the Yemenite traditional reading from Ezekiel 16.

Hebrew In Israel | 1 Samuel, Part 9 – Learn Torah

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“The Spirit of God fell on Sha’ul when he heard this; blazing furiously with anger…”

Chapter 11 of 1Samuel gives us the positive side of having a king. Why was the first king of Israel still plowing his own field? And where did the people of Jabesh-Gilead come from when they were nearly wiped out in the book of Judges? Does this story depict atonement for the Levite and his concubine in Judges 19? Join us for Part 9 in our Samuel Series.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vayechi – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Torah Portion, Vayechi (he lived) Yoel focuses on the blessings to Ephrayim, Yehudah, and Yoseph, presenting the literary, historical and cultural factors in understanding them.

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