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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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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Bereshit – Learn Torah

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“The blind I will lead on a road they don’t know, on roads they don’t know I will lead them; I will turn darkness to light before them, and straighten their twisted paths.  These are things I will do without fail.”

Some history of ancient temple liturgy precedes our presentation of Haftarah Bereshit in which Isaiah describes the powerful promise to save and restore YHWH’s exiled covenant people.

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vezot Haberakhah – Learn Torah

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Join Yoel and Jeff Gilbert as we wrap up this year’s Torah cycle with Vezot Haberakhah (this is the blessing).

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vezot Haberachah – Learn Torah

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“Only be strong and very bold in taking care to follow all the Torah which Moshe my servant ordered you to follow; do not turn from it either to the right or to the left; then you will succeed wherever you go.”

Our haftarah presents the transition of leadership from Moshe to Joshua.  This lesson is supplemented with history on the Torah reading cycle traditions.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Ha’azinu – Learn Torah

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“He makes me swift and sure-footed as a deer and enables me to stand on my high places.”  2 Samuel 22:34  Biblical poetry about God’s protection and deliverance is the common thread between this week’s torah portion and haftarah Ha’azinu.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vayelekh – Learn Torah

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“Return, Isra’el, to YHWH your God, for your guilt has made you stumble.”  This week’s haftarah teaching from Hoshea holds a beautiful picture of repentance and God’s great love for Israel.

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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.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Nitzavim-Vayelech – Learn Torah

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“Life and good” or “death and evil” is the choice given to those standing before God, as well as to “those who are not here with us today”.  Yoel presents implications of these passages and more in this week’s Torah portion, Nitzavim (standing).

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Nitzavim – Learn Torah

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“…for he has clothed me in salvation, dressed me with a robe of triumph, like a bridegroom wearing a festive turban, like a bride adorned with her jewels.”  Isaiah 61:10

BarMitzvahs, cantillation, Yemenite brides and Edomites all take part in this week’s presentation of Haftarah Nitzavim.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Ki Tavo – Learn Torah

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After an additional note about polygamy from last week’s parashah, Yoel discusses aspects of the bikkurim (firstfruits) in this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo (when you come).

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