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Hebrew In Israel | Hoshea Part 1 – Learn Torah

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Yoel and Jeff Gilbert begin the study of the book of Hosea with a discussion of the times that Hosea lived and saw.  Hosea was a contemporary of several of the other “Major Prophets”, but the only “Prophet” that was of the northern Kingdom.

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Hebrew In Israel | Yom Teruah – Learn Torah

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Every year when we come to the time of Yom Teruah (aka Rosh HaShanah), I get into the discussion of what is the תרועה– Teruah which the Torah is speaking of.  Though for many the argument has never been settled, I want to suggest a possible argument.

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Throughout the Ages Part 22 – Learn Torah

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In this final episode, Yoel and Jeff wrap up the Oral Torah series with a discussion of modern Judaism and the Judaisms that make up Judaism;  from the Neologs to the Ultra Orthodox; from the emancipation of the mind in the 1700’s to our current world.

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Hebrew In Israel | Elul And The Seventh Month – Learn Torah

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In this special podcast Yoel explains the historical background of the practices of the 6th month of Elul.

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Throughout the Ages Part 21 – Learn Torah

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In Part 21, Yoel and Jeff bring the discussion into the modern era; still several hundred years back in time from today, and the series is nearly complete.

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Hebrew In Israel | Joshua’s Altar at Mount Eval – Learn Torah

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Yoel brings us the setting, background and a walk-through of the discovery of Joshua’s altar on Mt. Eval and how it matches up to the biblical description.


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Hebrew In Israel | Why The Left Arm? – Learn Torah

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I was asked the following question, and I thought it contained an important point in regards to Hebrew spelling:

Q:  Why is the tefillin on the left arm?  Is it in the Hebrew Bible or is it oral tradition?

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Throughout the Ages Part 20 – Learn Torah

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In Part 20, Yoel and Jeff begin the discussion on the pre-modern age of our current day Judaism.

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Hebrew In Israel | Father and Honour – Learn Torah

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In the book of Kings the text gives us the following description of a lament Elisha called out after Elijah was taken away:

וֶאֱלִישָׁע רֹאֶה, וְהוּא מְצַעֵק אָבִי אָבִי רֶכֶב יִשְׂרָאֵל וּפָרָשָׁיו, וְלֹא רָאָהוּ, עוֹד; וַיַּחֲזֵק, בִּבְגָדָיו, וַיִּקְרָעֵם, לִשְׁנַיִם קְרָעִים

Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”  And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two. 2Kings 2:12

Elisha calls out as a sign of mourning over the loss of his mentor and calls him “Father”.  The same is done when Elisha dies and the king also calls him Father.  Though we are looking at two different types of leaders, the shared form of lamenting can teach us about the practice at the time.

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Throughout the Ages Part 19 – Learn Torah

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How involved is God in our personal, everyday lives?   Yoel and Jeff discuss this issue intertwined with an education on Maimonides (Rambam) and his writings, in episode 19 of 22 in our Oral Torah series.

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