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Hebrew In Israel | What is אמונה- Emunah? – Learn Torah

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Most of us translate this word as “Faith” or “Belief”.  However, the truth of the matter is that to understand the meaning of such a fundamental word in our walk in Torah requires an understanding of the mental state of ancient Israel.  

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Throughout the Ages Part 16 – Learn Torah

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In episode 16 of the Oral Torah series, Yoel and Jeff talk about authority.  Where is this described and to whom is it given?

Hebrew In Israel | Tisha B’Av – 9th of Av — Learn Torah

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At this time of the “fast of the fifth”, we are reminded to love truth and peace in Zechariah 8:19.  Listen as Yoel teaches about this verse and the customs of mourning the destruction of the temples at this time.  This podcast is an excerpt from an episode of the “Light Of The Prophets” series with Jono Vandor at

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Throughout the Ages Part 15 – Learn Torah

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In episode 15 of the Oral Torah series, Yoel and Jeff discuss the period between the Talmud and the Geionite.  In particular, the Karaite answer to the Rabbinic position.

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Hebrew In Israel | Mourning In The Bible – Learn Torah

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From our weekly Hebrew Bible class, Yoel teaches the group about mourning rituals in the Tanakh and in tradition.  Learn what the bible says about tattoos, beards, and tearing clothing, as well as the issues of how long to mourn, cremation, and much, much more.

Hebrew In Israel | Hazor – Learn Torah

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From Hebrew In Israel on YouTube; A visit to the biblical city of Hazor which is mentioned in the book of Joshua.

Hebrew In Israel |Torah Throughout the Ages Part 14 – Learn Torah

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Episode 14 of the Oral Torah Series begins with a look at who has the right to talk about or criticize Judaism.  Then Yoel and Jeff discuss the time following the formulation of the Babylonian Talmud, covering several of the main players (savoraim, gaonim) during this timeframe and what they did to enhance the writings.

Thank you for bearing with the technical difficulties of this episode.  Most of Jeff’s interaction has been removed to limit the distractions.

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Hebrew In Israel | Enter The Temple – Learn Torah

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In 2013 I had the pleasure of studying archaeology under Dr. Chaya Katz of the Open U, and do archaeological studies in actual sites under Dr. Amit Dagan of the Bar-Illan U.  One of the sites we studied was Khirbet Qeiyafa near the the Elah Valley.  On the site Dr. Yoseph Garfinkel has discovered portable temples made of clay which might represent temples which were common in Israel.  If this is true, we might be looking at a prototype temple which was used as the model for the Temple of Solomon.

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Throughout the Ages Part 13 – Learn Torah

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In our 13th episode of the Oral Torah Series, Yoel and Jeff begin the discussion on the time after the writing of the Talmud; a time of great arguments about the writing of the Oral Traditions.  

Hebrew In Israel | Daughters Inheriting – Learn Torah

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At the end of the book of Bamidbar we read the following:

וַתִּהְיֶינָה מַחְלָה תִרְצָה, וְחָגְלָה וּמִלְכָּה וְנֹעָה–בְּנוֹת צְלָפְחָד:  לִבְנֵי דֹדֵיהֶן, לְנָשִׁים.   מִמִּשְׁפְּחֹת בְּנֵי-מְנַשֶּׁה בֶן-יוֹסֵף, הָיוּ לְנָשִׁים; וַתְּהִי, נַחֲלָתָן, עַל-מַטֵּה, מִשְׁפַּחַת אֲבִיהֶן

“Machlah, Tirtzah, Hoglah, Milkah and No‘ah all got married to sons of their father’s brothers. They were married into the families of the descendants of M’nasheh the son of Yosef, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of their father’s family”

Bamidbar (Numbers) 36:11-12

The above text is describing the final account of the legal problem presented before Moshe.  The original dilemma was “can women inherit when there are no sons?”, a dilemma resolved by a yes.  However, the resolution of the original problem brought forth a different question on the subject of property mobility, or in other words- the problem that land can be moved from one tribe to another by marriage on the Jubilee year.  If a woman would inherit land and married into another tribe or family, the father tribe/family of the wife can lose land.  Land was the most important item one can own, and this would weaken the abilities and rights of the original tribe by them losing a source of income.

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