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FEAST OF TRUMPETS, HOW IS ROSH HASHANAH CELEBRATED, ROSH HASHANAH, ROSH HASHANAH TRADITIONS, YOM TERUAH

Hebrew In Israel | Yom Teruah – Learn Torah

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What does “Yom Teruah” mean?  What is it about?  How is it observed?  Why is it called Rosh Hashanah?  Why is this day a shabbat?  What do the blasts sound like? Yoel and Jono discuss these questions and we listen to the sounds of the shofar on Yom Teruah.

Hebrew In Israel | Sukkot and the Documentary Hypothesis – Learn Torah

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One of the common arguments in Documentary Hypothesis (DH) is that the Torah is built from many documents (E, J, JE, P, H and D) which were written by different authors, and were placed together by someone later in time to create the whole Torah we have today.  This division has driven most of the Biblical Studies world, and is taught in many schools with some to little criticism.  However, new documentation from the Ancient Near East (ANE) has shown that at least some of the assumptions of the system are incorrect, and in some cases detached from historical discourse.

Hebrew In Israel | Yovel, Shofar and Freedom- Learn Torah

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When you try to find a meaning of a word, sometimes the meaning cannot be found in a dictionary, but in a book of a different nature.  I was reading M. Weinfeld’s book on justice in the ancient world and found an interesting interpretation of the word יובל Yovel– Jubilee. 

DAY OF ATONEMENT, LEVITICUS 16, TORAH PORTION, WHAT IS YOM KIPPUR, YOM KIPPUR, YOM KIPPUR FASTING, YOM KIPPUR MEANING

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Acharey Mot – Learn Torah

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In this week’s first Torah portion, Acharey Mot (after the death), Yoel walks us through the procedures and insights connected to Yom Hakippurim (Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement).

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Hebrew In Israel | Beyin Ha’arbayim – When Is Pesach Done? – Learn Torah

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The term בין הערביים –Beyin Ha’Arbayim is temporal construct form used to describe a specific time of day, and found in several places in the Bible.  One of the most important places it is used is in connection to the time of the Pesach sacrifice as prescribed in Exodus 12:6.  This term has created many arguments over when to do things, and in fact has raised the question of how does the Torah understand time in overall.

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Hebrew In Israel | How Old Am I? – Learn Torah

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A question which I deal with every year, but do not have a conclusive answer:  How old did the Pesach lamb have to be?

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Hebrew In Israel | Weekly Hebrew Bible Class on Passover – Learn Torah

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Take a detailed stroll through the opening verses of Exodus 12 as Yoel teaches this Passover text to the weekly group Hebrew Bible Class.  You will hear the Hebrew text read, translated and explained according to the ancient culture.

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Hebrew In Israel | Purim – T2U – Learn Torah

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The book of Esther presents a story that is celebrated every year in the holiday of Purim.  Yoel and Jono discuss Esther & Mordechai’s names, the historic accuracy of the book, walk us through the profound events with the Persians and how the holiday is celebrated.

Hebrew In Israel | Hosh’a-Na and The Name – Learn Torah

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An interesting point about the Hosha-Na practice:

We must remember that the time frame I am talking about is at a time where many had already refrained from speaking the name of God, so I use the idea of hinting in this argument about The Name.  The practice of not speaking God’s name has been traced by some scholars to the 3rd and even 4th centuries.

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Hebrew In Israel | Sukkot – Learn Torah

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“We were taken out of Egypt to make sure we receive the promise to Abraham of the good land…  The days of Sukkot are actually a celebration of the gift and the goodness that God gives us by allowing us to sit on the land.”  Yoel and Jono Vandor discuss the textual evidence and traditional opinions of what 

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