Why 70 Bulls?

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The Torah in Numbers 29:12-34 requires the Israelite priests to sacrifice 70 bulls during the great feast of Sukkot-Asif. The question standing before most people who read this text is why 70?

In traditional interpretation found in rabbinic sources, we find the argument that 70 represents the 70 nations mentioned in Genesis 4. The concept revolves around the universality of YHWH in the mind of 2nd temple Judaism and the idea of the universal responsibility of Israel.

Hebrew In Israel | Glory of God – Learn Torah

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One of the difficulties with Biblical passages is a phenomenon known as “Ellipsis”.  Elliptical clauses are usually missing the subject, making it sometimes difficult for readers to understand to whom the clause is referring.  In most languages there are a set of ground rules of speech which are understood by the speakers, but can be lost to one who does not understand contextual reference of that particular language.  A translator will sometimes miss the point being made if they are not proficient in the language they are translating from.  In other cases, the original text creates an ellipsis, and gives us hints in the rest of the text to the subject.


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A palavra משיח – Mashiach – Messias é derivada da raiz משח que é principalmente associada com a ideia de colocar óleo sobre alguma coisa ou sobre alguém. O ato de ungir era realizado como um ato de dedicação de uma pessoa ou um item para um serviço (principalmente para Deus). Neste artigo eu vou olhar dentro das bases deste ato e do significado do título Messias.

The Problem with Prophecy

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One of the most problematic subjects in Biblical literature and history is prophecy. What is a prophet and how do we know who is a true prophet of Elohim. Join Yoel in another study session where we explore the question as it is felt in the Tanakh, Dead Sea scrolls and Jewish literature.

Keeping Clean

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I get asked about my opinion of what to do with nonfood/nonhuman food items made from unclean animals, and can you have pets.
This question relates to clothing, toys pet food, and more, and in our industrial world, the issues continue to grow. 

The structure of Narrative in the Hebrew Bible

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Storytelling in the bible is a complex process that includes space, time, and people. In this short paper, you will be presented with the basic principles of the Hebrew narrative and will be introduced to the core points of storytelling. 

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vayera – Learn Torah

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“Then go in; shut the door, with you and your sons inside; and pour oil into all those containers; and as they are filled, put them aside.”

The prophet Elisha cares for two widows in this week’s haftarah Vayera.

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Hebrew In Israel | Paleo Hebrew – Learn Torah

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The pictographic system which many call Paleo-Hebrew is actually Proto-Sinaitic.  Yoel walks us through the history and development of the Hebrew script, distinguishing between theory vs. actual evidence of a pictographic precursor to Hebrew. 

Hebreo en Israel- Shabbat y Luna Nueva- Aprende Torah

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“Cuando se acabará la luna nueva para poder vender nuestro grano?”

Una examinación de la relación entre la luna nueva y el Shabbat en tiempos Bíblicos

“Es el día de luna nueva un Shabbat?” Ha sido una discusión entre grupos observantes de la Torah por muchos años”. El argumento más común es que el día de luna Nueva es el que inicia un ciclo de siete días, donde el séptimo o el octavo día es un día de descanso. En este artículo, examinaré el uso de Amos 8:5 en el reclamo y buscaré evidencia histórica en el tema.[1]

Génesis 1 Descripción de la Luna

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Bereshit – Learn Torah

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We open our renewed Torah cycle in Bereshit (In the beginning) with an academic comparison and contrast of the elements in the Torah with other creation stories.

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