This week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Masei covering Number 33:1-36:13. We have reached the final portion for the Book of Numbers! Among the topics we discuss the question: how are the gentiles who join themselves to Yehovah, spoken of in Isaiah 56, assigned to one of the twelve tribes as Calev was assigned to Judah? In other words, could Keith one day be a Levite?
This week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Matot covering Numbers 30:2-32:42. What is the Torah involving vows and does it differ between man and woman? Why didn’t Balaam the son of Beor die according to his request in Numbers 23:10? What is the relationship between the Midianites and Israel? How can we reconcile Numbers 31:15-18 and Ezra 10:18-19?
This week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Pinchas covering Number 25:10-30:1. What is the qualification of the first born? Who inherits the land if a father has no sons but only daughters? Did Pinchas impale a princess of Midian? Double portion or two thirds – what did it mean for Moses to impart some of his glory to Joshua, or Elijah’s spirit to Elisha?
This week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Balak covering Number 22:2-25:9. Was Yehovah Balaam’s God? What kind of prophet was Balaam? Why did God seek to kill Balaam? Does Numbers 22:22 really say that the angel of Yehovah was Satan? Did Balaam announce the first recorded messianic prophecy in the Torah?
I am leaving China in the coming hours and decided to record one last bonus message for my loyal support team. This message is called “Tammuz and the Lunar Sabbath.” This is a follow up to my last message “Don’t Call It Tammuz!” In this new audio recording I explain how Jewish months and English weeks have been usurped by pagans, covering over the biblical truth underneath both systems. In case you are wondering, the Lunar Sabbath is nonsense. In this recording I provide definitive proof of why it’s nonsense and where the nonsense comes from. I also talk briefly (yeah, right) about the Yearly Sabbath or Shemitah cycle, which provides a sharp contrast to the Weekly Sabbath or Shabbat cycle. Please tell me what you think and pray for my safety as I journey throughout East Asia.
“and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. “
On Saturday June 28, 2014 observers reported not sighting the new moon from Israel. This was a very difficult sighting with 1.94% and only 38 minutes lagtime (the time between sunset and moonset). Under these conditions, visibility is uncertain even under perfect weather conditions. Unless other observers report in that they sighted it, the Fourth Hebrew Month will begin on Sunday night June 29, 2014.
Most modern Jews refer to the Fourth Hebrew Month as “Tammuz,” the name of a pagan fertility deity mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel. The prophet Ezekiel described a vision in which an angel brought him to the Temple in Jerusalem: Continue reading →
This week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Chukat covering Number 19:1-22:1. Is there a red heifer in Israel? What is the water of menstruation for cleansing? Does a corrupt priesthood invalidate the water of purification and are we cut off without it? Is the site of the Temple off limits today? What exactly did Moses do wrong when Yehovah brought water from the rock? How did the snake on the pole cross the line into idolatry?
Nehemia Gordon provides insight on the laws concerning niddah found in Leviticus 15, 18, and 20. Niddah refers to a menstruating woman or a woman who has not become ritually clean following her period. Gordon defines the different types of niddah and the reasons for the prohibition against sexual intercourse with a niddah. He explains how rabbinical tradition combined all the different types and thereby imposed unnecessary burdens on women and families. He gets to the heart of the matter by answering the questions: Are separate beds and chairs what truly separate the righteous from the unrighteous? And whose house is really at stake here? Gordon also gives insight into first century ritual cleansing based on archeology and an example from the life of Paul of Tarsus.
Popular legend has it that the Karaites, and the Sadducees before them, interpreted the words “and they shall be for Totafot between your eyes” literally and as a result wore Tefillin (Phylacteries) right above their noses. One version of the story claims that the Sadducees were wiped out because of this practice. The legend goes that they kept bumping into walls and since their Tefillin were between their eyes (instead of on their foreheads) their noses were sent shattering into their brains, killing them instantly. The Karaites and other deniers of the “Oral Law” are portrayed as bumbling idiots who through their foolish practices wiped themselves out. The message of this story is that it is impossible to live (literally) as a Karaite and therefore we need the “Oral Law” to save us from this savage extinction. Continue reading →
Nehemia discusses Ezekiel 18 & 33. Why did the Israelites say, “The way of the Lord is unfair” (Ezekiel 33:17)? What did they mean by, “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?” (Ezekiel 18:2). Are children punished for the sins of their fathers? Can a person be forgiven for a life of sin? How does the prophet Ezekiel explain the statement in the Ten Commandments about God “visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children” (Exodus 20:5)?