Feasts

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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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Hebrew In Israel | Nehemiah 8:15 and Sukkot – Learn Torah

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I have for many years dealt with the subject of the four species of Leviticus 23:40, and how they are understood in rabbinic interpretation.  This discussion is closely tied to Nehemiah 8:15, a verse that some argue means that the four species mentioned in Lev 23 are to be used for building the sukkah.  This is the Karaite and Samaritan understanding, but I want to point out some things before people reject the traditional rabbinic interpretation.  I will admit that there are problems with the rabbinic opinion, but there are fewer issues with it than the Karaite/Samaritan opinion.
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Hebrew In Israel | Yom Kippur – Learn Torah

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How do we know we are to fast?  What constitutes afflicting the soul in the Rabbinic world?  Is Blood Required For All Atonement?  Yoel answers these questions as well as

Hebrew In Israel | Yom Hakippurim – Learn Torah

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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.

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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.

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Hebrew In Israel | Ruth – Learn Torah

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Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) is approaching, on which the book of Ruth is traditionally read.  Join Yoel and Jono Vandor of Truth2U.org for some insight into this account of King David’s great-grandmother.

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Hebrew In Israel | Shavuot: An Historical Perspective – Learn Torah

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Yoel continues the discussion of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) by expounding on the debate over counting the Omer.  Learn about the factors in the language, history and social structure surrounding this debate.  

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Hebrew In Israel | Shavuot – Feast of Weeks – Learn Torah

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Yoel explains the p’shat (simple) meaning of the verses on Shavout (The Feast of Weeks) in this specially recorded private class.

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Hebrew In Israel | Aviv Barley, New Moon, Passover – Learn Torah

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In this episode Yoel talks with Jono Vandor of Truth2U.org about the aviv barley search, the new moon sighting, and how they relate to the biblical Hebrew calendar, the new year, and Pesach (Passover).

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