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

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As Jono and Yoel open the study of the book of Samuel, we learn more about ancient practices in Israel through the account of Samuel’s parents, Elkanah & Hannah, and Eli the High Priest.

Hebrew In Israel | Introduction to Deuteronomy, Part 1 – Learn Torah

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From our Weekly Bible Group, we begin this introduction to Deuteronomy with understanding its literary structure–that of an Ancient Near East vassal treaty; and more specifically, a Hittite treaty.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Devarim – Learn Torah

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“Come now,” says YHWH, “let’s talk this over together.  Even if your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow; even if they are red as crimson, they will be like wool.” 

We read from Sennacherib’s annals and the historic backdrop of the prophet Isaiah–the prophet of hope–as we look at Isaiah chapter 1.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Masai – Learn Torah

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“For my people have committed two evils:  they have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water!”

Haftarah Masai brings us Jeremiah’s first prophecy for Israel and appeal for her return.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Matot – Learn Torah

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Jeremiah is dedicated by God to be a prophet in Haftarah Matot.  We will look at the historic context of his day, his predestination, and the visions of the almond branch and boiling pot.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Pinchas – Learn Torah

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Is it possible to get worn out in the service of God?  Is it possible that Elijah misunderstood his mission?  Elijah runs away from Jezebel and wants to die after the spectacular events at Mt Carmel in this week’s haftarah Pinchas.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Balaq – Learn Torah

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From Micah’s prophecy to Israel, Yoel examines Cultural influence/Cultural Imperialism, YHWH’s legal plea against Israel, as well as a critical and deadly mistake people make in trying to understand the bible in this week’s haftarah Balaq.


Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Chuqat – Learn Torah

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“Now Yiftach, a brave soldier from Gil‘ad, was the son of a prostitute.” Judges 11:1

Who is Yiftach (Jephthah)?  Why was the name of another god on his lips and what are we to make of his shocking vow?  Yoel fleshes out his backstory from what the biblical text and ancient culture tell us about his birth, home, upbringing and social life, and offers insight on these questions.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Qorach – Learn Torah

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“When you saw that Nachash the king of the people of ‘Amon was attacking you, you said to me, “No, we want a king to rule over us” — when YHWH your God was your king.”

The prophet Shmu’el (Samuel) gives a speech to the people at the end of his life as Shaul (Saul) is inaugurated as Israel’s first earthly King.  Yoel walks us through the Hebrew text and introduces us to the motif of speeches in the bible and kingship in Israel in Haftarah Qorach.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Shelach – Learn Torah

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“…she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them under some stalks of flax she had spread out there.”

Haftarah Shelach give us the story of Rahab and the two spies to Jericho.  Yoel and Jono Vandor examine chapters 1-5 in this first episode from our Light Of The Prophets series.

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