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Hebrew In Israel | Esav’s Clothing – Learn Torah

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Clothing can be used as a motif in Biblical literature and sometimes is used to depict an element about the person wearing it. In the book of Genesis, we find several cases describing clothing, and in the case of Ya’aqov and Esav, it is a fundamental element in the storytelling. 

וַתִּקַּח רִבְקָה אֶת בִּגְדֵי עֵשָׂו בְּנָהּ הַגָּדֹל  הַחֲמֻדֹת  אֲשֶׁר אִתָּהּ בַּבָּיִת

“Then Rebecca took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house”  Gen 27:15

The Hebrew calls Esau’s clothing חמדת which is translated as best/favorite.

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Hebrew In Israel | Hoshea Part 8 – Learn Torah

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The mentioning of Mizpah in the first verse of chapter 5 brings up a question on the involvement of the southern kingdom of Judah in Hosea’s prophecy.  We also look at the cycle of idolatry/adultery, punishment and questioning faith.  Hosea 5:1-5 

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Hebrew In Israel | Marriage In The ANE – Learn Torah

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What was the legal structure of marriage in the ancient world?  Here I discuss the basic ideas about marriage, and demonstrate from several texts what we know was done.  I go into what was probably legally considered marriage in ancient Israel.

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Hebrew In Israel | Hoshea Part 7 – Learn Torah

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Yoel and Jeff discuss da’at (knowledge), priesthood, holy trees and much more as we finish chapter 4 of Hosea.

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Hebrew In Israel | Malkitsedeq – Learn Torah

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Who is Malkitsedeq and what is the possible history that created the “order of Malkitsedeq”. This is an historical overview of the documents we have about this person.  This history is strongly linked to the 2nd temple and the sectarian argument.  By no means is this an attack on anyone, but I think that very little information is out there about how this concept came to be.

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Hebrew In Israel | Hoshea Part 6 – Learn Torah

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YHWH presents His legal case against Israel as evidenced by a specific word used in the first verse of Hosea chapter 4.  Yoel and Jeff discuss verses 1-5,  plus a bonus introductory discussion on morality, hubris and anarchy.

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Hebrew In Israel | Terach, Avram, And The Big Move – Learn Torah

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Parashat Lech Lecha tells us about Avram’s calling to another land, but the end of the previous parashah tells it a little differently.

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Hebrew In Israel | Hoshea Part 5 – Learn Torah

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Difficulties in the placement and translation of Hosea chapter 3 lead to interesting questions.  Is there a second wife in Hosea’s experience?  What can we learn about the price paid for the woman, and how does the exile affect obedience to Torah?

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Hebrew In Israel | Calendars – Learn Torah

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Calendars have always been a struggle for mankind.  From the earliest calendars to the modern ones, man has always tried to calculate time and create an ideal way of using it.  Here are two short discussions about calendars.

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Hebrew In Israel | Hoshea Part 4 – Learn Torah

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From Hosea 2:15-25 , Yoel and Jeff discuss how the Northern Kingdom perverted their perception of YHVH to be like the Ba’alim, what the “wilderness” experience is for them, and the response of the earth to the presence of the people of Israel.

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