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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Re’eh – Learn Torah

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This week’s torah portion, Re’eh (see) gives us instructions for identifying true prophets.  Listen as Yoel dissects the text for us.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Re’eh – Learn Torah

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“Listen carefully to me, and you will eat well, you will enjoy the fat of the land.”   How did early Judaism understand the Messianic Era, and what developed throughout time in Jewish thought?  Haftarah Re’eh describes a day of lush abundance for the land and people who are faithful to YHWH.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Eqev – Learn Torah

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Profound thoughts and questions arise in this week’s torah portion, Eqev (because), as Yoel looks at the mentioning of placing the tablets of stone in the ark.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Eqev – Learn Torah

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Did YHWH forsake Israel?  Who is the suffering servant in Isaiah 50 and where is the divorce document?  Yoel addresses these questions, as well as why Isaiah 53 is not included among the haftarot, as he examines the text of Haftarah Eqev.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vaetchanan – Learn Torah

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In this week’s torah portion, Vaetchanan (and I pleaded), Yoel examines the components of loyalty throughout this parashah.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vaetchanan – Learn Torah

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We have all suffered loss in our lives.  Where was God when it happened?  In this week’s haftarah, Isaiah sends a message to those who suffered in his day that is just as applicable to those of us who suffer today:  A message of hope and that there is someone in control.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Devarim – Learn Torah

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In this week’s torah portion, Devarim (words), Israel’s leader, Moshe, delivers his final speech before his death.  Yoel addresses some technical issues surrounding this ancient document, as well as the governing of Israel.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Devarim – Learn Torah

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“Come now,” says YHWH, “let’s talk this over together.  Even if your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow; even if they are red as crimson, they will be like wool.”  Isaiah 1:18  Yoel reads from Sennacherib’s annals and presents the historic backdrop of the prophet Isaiah–the prophet of hope–as he walks us through Isaiah chapter 1.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Matot/Masai – Learn Torah

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What do you do if you caused someone’s death, but it was an accident?  The Torah provides cities of refuge for those who commit manslaughter.  Yoel explains the function of these places in this week’s double torah portion, Matot/Masai (tribes/stages). 

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Masai – Learn Torah

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“For my people have committed two evils:  they have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water!”  Haftarah Masai brings us Jeremiah’s first prophecy for Israel and appeal for her return.

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