Temple Studies

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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 | 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 | How Red Do I Need To Be? – Learn Torah

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Numbers 19 discusses the subject of the “red heifer”, which was used to cleanse the people when coming in contact with the dead.  In this article I want to discuss the question of colour of the heifer, and what may or may not disqualify the animal from being used.

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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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Hebrew In Israel | Beyin Ha’arbayim – When Is Pesach Done? – Learn Torah

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The term בין הערביים –Beyin Ha’Arbayim is temporal construct form used to describe a specific time of day, and found in several places in the Bible.  One of the most important places it is used is in connection to the time of the Pesach sacrifice as prescribed in Exodus 12:6.  This term has created many arguments over when to do things, and in fact has raised the question of how does the Torah understand time in overall.

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Hebrew In Israel | How Old Am I? – Learn Torah

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A question which I deal with every year, but do not have a conclusive answer:  How old did the Pesach lamb have to be?

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Hebrew In Israel | Weekly Hebrew Bible Class on Passover – Learn Torah

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Take a detailed stroll through the opening verses of Exodus 12 as Yoel teaches this Passover text to the weekly group Hebrew Bible Class.  You will hear the Hebrew text read, translated and explained according to the ancient culture.

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Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Tsav – Learn Torah

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In this week’s Torah portion, Tsav (command), Yoel examines 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.

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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