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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Balaq – Learn Torah

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This week’s torah portion, Balaq (Balak) contains the very first occurrence of the word Satan in the bible.  Listen as Yoel explains the history of the word and the character.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Balaq – Learn Torah

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From Micah’s prophecy to Israel, Yoel examines Cultural influence/Cultural Imperialism, YHWH’s  legal plea against Israel, as well as a critical and deadly mistake people make in trying to understand the bible in this week’s haftarah Balaq.

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Hebrew In Israel | Judges Part 13 – Learn Torah

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Judges chapter 19 contains one of, if not the most despicable and heinous stories of the bible.  We follow a Levite and his concubine into Gibeah in the land of King Saul’s tribe, Benjamin.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Chuqat – Learn Torah

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This week’s torah portion, Chukat (regulation), gives us the strange command concerning the red heifer.  Listen as Yoel sheds some light from the ancient world on this regulation.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Chuqat – Learn Torah

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Who is Yiftach (Jephthah)?  Why was the name of another god on his lips and what are we to make of his shocking vow?  Yoel fleshes out his backstory from what the biblical text and ancient culture tell us about his birth, home, upbringing and social life, and offers insight on these questions.

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Hebrew In Israel | Judges Part 12 – Learn Torah

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Two listeners’ questions lead us into a brief lesson on translation problems and Melchizedek.  Then we continue the story of Micah’s Levite (and possibly learn his identity) as he gets a better offer from the Danites who capture Laish as their inheritance and establish a place of worship in the North, in Chapter 18.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Qorach – Learn Torah

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This week’s torah portion, Qorach (Korah), Yoel tackles a ramification of what happened in Korah’s rebellion .

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Qorach – Learn Torah

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The prophet Shmu’el (Samuel) gives a speech to the people at the end of his life as Shaul (Saul) is inaugurated as Israel’s first earthly King.  Yoel walks us through the Hebrew text and introduces us to the motif of speeches in the bible and kingship in Israel in Haftarah Qorach.

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Hebrew In Israel | Judges Part 11 – Learn Torah

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In Chapter 17 there’s a change in Micah’s name that we don’t see in English.  Jono and Yoel discuss this as well as blessing and cursing, the Levite from the family of Judah(?), and Yoel explains the use of the name BenShlomo and the grape pressing of his very first video in our schmoozing session.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Shelach – Learn Torah

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Our focus in this week’s torah portion, Shelach (send), is on the commands to set apart some of our bread dough for YHWH and to wear tzitzit, and the man who collected firewood on Shabbat.

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