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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 | Torah Portion Tzav – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Torah portion, Tzav (command), we examine the merciful concepts contained in the sacrificial system.

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vayiqra – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Torah portion, Vayiqra (and He called), Yoel looks into the structure of Leviticus and the sacrificial system to give an overall description of the main sacrifices and offerings.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Pequdei – Learn Torah

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In the final parashah of Exodus, Pequdei (accounts), the fulfillment of the instructions to build the tabernacle are completed.  Yoel gives us some pertinent requirements and insights about the temple, priests, levites and more.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Vayaqhel – Learn Torah

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In this continuation of the Mishkan (tabernacle) series, Yoel discusses interesting details and interpretations of the design and structure of the tabernacle’s veils, roofing covers, the walls themselves, the altar of incense, altar of burnt offering, laver and courtyard.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Tetzaveh – Learn Torah

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The priestly garments are under exam in this week’s Torah Portion, Tetsaveh (you are to order). 

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Terumah – Learn Torah

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Yoel shares his personal connection to Temple studies and dives into the details of its materials and furniture as we begin the portions on the Miskan (tabernacle) with this week’s Torah Portion, Terumah (contribution). 

Hebrew In Israel | Joshua 5 and The Omer – Learn Torah

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The point of this article is not when we bring the Omer, but rather can we use Joshua 5 to argue for a date.  However, the discussion of when we start counting is unavoidable.  I will also note before we start that there are different opinions between scholars on how to treat this subject, and the point here is to give another point of view without offending anyone or creating animosity.

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Hebrew In Israel | The Menorah – Learn Torah

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When it comes to the Menorah, no other symbol carries more meaning in the Jewish world.  From ancient art to the symbol of the state of Israel, the Menorah has been a symbol of light to Israel and the nations.  However, when it comes to how the Menorah was made, several questions arise.

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Hebrew In Israel | Priestly Blessing By A Stranger – Learn Torah

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On occasion when I meet a group not from Jewish descent, I get asked to give the Priestly Blessing after I talk.  The first time this happened I asked why, and the answer was that this was a common practice, and that teachers do this all the time.  I will admit I was surprised because this is unheard of in the Jewish world.  When I declined, I was asked why.  My answer is based on wording in the text.

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