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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Matot – Learn Torah

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Jeremiah is dedicated by God to be a prophet in Haftarah Matot.  Yoel presents the historic context of his day, his predestination, and the visions of the almond branch and boiling pot.

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Hebrew In Israel | Judges Part 15 – Learn Torah

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Why are there such violent stories in the bible?  In our final episode of the Book of Judges, Yoel and Jono address this question as Israel, due to the vow they took, find a loophole to rebuild the tribe of Benjamin whom they just decimated in the previous chapter.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Pinchas – Learn Torah

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In this week’s torah portion, Pinchas (Phinehas), Yoel addresses textual practices, priesthood, genealogy, and inheritance for women.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Pinchas – Learn Torah

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Is it possible to get worn out in the service of God?  Is it possible that Elijah misunderstood his mission?  Elijah runs away from Jezebel and wants to die, after the spectacular events at Mt Carmel, in this week’s haftarah Pinchas.

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Hebrew In Israel | Judges Part 14 – Learn Torah

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In the aftermath of the attack on the Levite’s concubine, the remaining tribes (led by Judah, according to YHWH’s instruction) go against the tribe of Benjamin, but not before losing many casualties themselves.

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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.

JEPHTHAH, JEPHTHAH'S DAUGHTER, JUDGES 11

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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