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“Shavuot’s Timing: Scriptural Interpretation and Sectarian Divergence in Ancient Judaism”

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The debate over the timing of Shavuot highlights the complexities of how the Torah was interpreted and practiced in ancient Jewish communities, particularly during the Hellenistic period. This study examines how different sects, such as the Pharisees, the community behind the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Boethusians, navigated the interplay between written texts and oral traditions to determine the date of Shavuot. While Leviticus 23 offers one method based on the weekly Shabbat, other interpretations arose from broader scriptural sources in Exodus and Deuteronomy, reflecting diverse agricultural practices and oral traditions. The centralization of religious practices with the establishment of the Second Temple further complicated these interpretations, leading to varying observances within the Jewish liturgical calendar. This research underscores the dynamic nature of the Torah as both a written and oral tradition, shaped by the historical and cultural contexts of its adherents.

Naomi– Birth and Redemption

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The article analyzes Naomi’s character development in the Book of Ruth. The narrative begins with Naomi’s tragic loss of her husband and sons in Moab, setting the stage for her transformation from a dependent figure to a respected leader. The exposition explores key verses, highlighting Naomi’s evolving role within her family and the Judahite community. Notably, Naomi takes on traditionally masculine responsibilities, guiding her daughters-in-law and asserting familial rights. The analysis delves into the nuanced relationship between Naomi and Ruth, emphasizing Naomi’s role as a mother and caregiver. The narrative unfolds with Naomi’s strategic support of Ruth’s actions, showcasing her strength and wisdom. The adoption of Ruth’s child and public recognition further solidified Naomi’s leadership and matriarchal status. The article concludes by underscoring the significance of Naomi’s journey as a compelling tale of resilience, familial bonds, and the formidable strength of women in the face of adversity within the Book of Ruth.

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Hebrew In Israel | Ruth – Learn Torah

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Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) is approaching, on which the book of Ruth is traditionally read.  Join Yoel and Jono Vandor of Truth2U.org for some insight into this account of King David’s great-grandmother.

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Hebrew In Israel | Shavuot: An Historical Perspective – Learn Torah


Yoel continues the discussion of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) by expounding on the debate over counting the Omer.  Learn about the factors in the language, history and social structure surrounding this debate.  

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Hebrew In Israel | Shavuot – Feast of Weeks – Learn Torah


Yoel explains the p’shat (simple) meaning of the verses on Shavout (The Feast of Weeks) in this specially recorded private class.


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