Hebrew In Israel | 1 Samuel, Part 4 – Learn Torah

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…the ark of the covenant of YHWHTzva’ot, who is present above the k’ruvim.

In part 4 of our Light of the Prophets: Samuel series, we discuss superstition, Ichabod, the Philistine god Dagon, as well as defeating the people but not their God, in 1 Samuel, Chapters 4-5.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Ki Tetze – Learn Torah

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“I was angry for a moment and hid my face from you; but with everlasting grace I will have compassion on you,” says YHWH your Redeemer.”

The words of comfort continue in Isaiah 54, and we address the origin of the haftarah readings as well as who are the Samaritans.


Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Shoftim – Learn Torah

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“Shake off the dust! Arise! Be enthroned, Yerushalayim! Loosen the chains on your neck, captive daughter of Tziyon!”

Is it ok to question God?  Does asking questions of God mean you doubt Him? We look at these questions and hear the powerful promises of hope in this week’s Haftarah, Shoftim.

Hebrew In Israel | 1 Samuel, Part 3 – Learn Torah

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…and Samuel was lying down in the temple of YHWH, where the ark of God was. Then YHWH called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!”

At a time when the word of God was rare, a boy dedicated by his mother is established as a prophet. Jono and Yoel discuss Samuel’s first revelation of the God of Israel. 1 Samuel, Chapter 3.

isaiah 55, all who are thirsty

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Re’eh – Learn Torah

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“Listen carefully to me, and you will eat well, you will enjoy the fat of the land.”

How did early Judaism understand the Messianic Era, and what developed throughout time in Jewish thought?  Haftarah Re’eh describes a day of lush abundance for the land and people who are faithful to YHWH.


Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Eqev – Learn Torah

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“YHWH says: “Where is your mother’s divorce document which I gave her when I divorced her? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? You were sold because of your sins; because of your crimes was your mother divorced.”

Did YHWH forsake Israel?  Who is the suffering servant in Isaiah 50 and where is the divorce document?  We address these questions, as well as why Isaiah 53 is not included among the haftarot, as we examine the text of Haftarah Eqev.

Hebrew In Israel | Happy? – Learn Torah

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How do we explain the first word in the book of psalms?

אַשְׁרֵי הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר לֹא הָלַךְ בַּעֲצַת רְשָׁעִים

Most translations say “happy” but what does it mean?  It is clear that the word is declarative, but does “happy” really mean the same thing as אשרי?

Hebrew In Israel | 1 Samuel, Part 2 – Learn Torah

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With a quick review of the command to not eat blood, Jono and Yoel continue in chapter 2 with the corrupt practices of the sons of Eli and how the priesthood was removed from this family.

Hebrew In Israel | Introduction to Deuteronomy, Part 2 – Learn Torah

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How does the book of Deuteronomy compare with Exodus? What is the most fundamental thing about this book? Can a covenant be adapted to a situation without adding to or taking away from the law? And finally, we look at the first five verses of the text which hint that the book may not have been one long speech.

isaiah 40, on eagles wings, they that wait upon the lord, they that wait on the lord, prepare ye the way of the lord,

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vaetchanan – Learn Torah

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“but those who hope in YHWH will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles’ wings; when they are running they won’t grow weary, when they are walking they won’t get tired.” Isaiah 40:31

We have all suffered loss in our lives.  Where was God when it happened?  In this week’s haftarah, Isaiah sends a message to those who suffered in his day that is just as applicable to those of us who suffer today:  A message of hope and that there is someone in control.

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