Torah Pearls – Shoftim – Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

Torah-Pearls-48-Deuteronomy-05-ShoftimThis week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Shoftim covering Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9. As the trio begins this portion focusing on judgment and law, Gordon shares the origin of the Hebrew word for “grace.” Discussions include: Must we always have two or three witnesses? Who has the authority today? Are we guilty of rejecting Yehovah as King? What of the Harry Potter question and how far do we take Deuteronomy 18:9-14? Who is the prophet likened unto Moses? Was God’s eye sparkling when he accepted Jacob’s pillar—a thing he hates? Who now has the authority to judge difficult things? What first-century Roman is infamous for mocking an atonement ritual? Who’s the original tree-hugger? With differing views, the trio debates whether certain cultural practices are abominations and Gordon provides an eyewitness account of Deuteronomy 19:1. Showing no fear, the trio concludes by examining the weirdest thing in the Bible.


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Torah Pearls – Re’eh – Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17

Torah-Pearls-47-Deuteronomy-04-ReehThis week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Re’eh covering Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17. This week the trio focuses on Moses’ command to “see”—to clearly understand that life gives us only two choices—to create a god from our own hearts or to obey and worship the true God—His place, His time, His way.  The trio explores the following questions: Where did God choose to place his name and can a GPS get you there? What’s the biblical way to dispose of an idol? What does it mean to be without the yoke of the Torah and does the New Testament refer to this malady? What’s an “evil eye”? Why were Jews in the Middle Ages forced to choose between begging and banking?  Who are the sons of Yehovah? Do some translations attempt to make bacon kosher? What’s at the heart of the issue of boiling a kid in its mother’s milk? What’s so dangerous about high mountains and green trees? Ten times three equals thirty . . . right? Is night time the right time for a Passover sacrifice? In addition to many other insights into the original Hebrew language and context, Gordon provides an example of the meticulousness of the scribes who preserved for us an imaginary bird that we couldn’t eat even if we tried. Can one worship the true God without adhering to His commandments? What of the altars other than the altar? Who exactly were the corrupt men of “beliya’al”? Where is the son of God mentioned in the Old Testament? What kind of birds are the Ra’ah & the Da’ah? How can we possibly understand the deep & complex riddle, “Do not boil a kid in it’s mother’s milk”? Are there three tithes or only one? When did the Israelites leave Egypt, by day or by night?

Shaving and Sidelocks? The Real Meaning of Leviticus 19:27-28

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Torah Pearls – Vaetchanan – Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

Torah-Pearls-45-Deuteronomy-02-VaetchananThis week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Vaetchanan covering Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11. Vaetchanan is perhaps the crown jewel of Torah portions. It contains the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4. But what do the Hebrew words “Shema” and “Echad” mean and why is this single verse so important? Also in this program: Is Jesus/ Yeshua a victim of character assassination? What are the Noahide laws? Was the covenant made with us or our fathers? What is the 1st commandment?

Vaetchanan is adorned with an especially long strand of pearls and each gem is held to the light. After examining, “he pleaded,” the trio gets to the nitty-gritty of why Moses didn’t cross over. After noting the differences between the Ten Commandments in this portion and the listing in Exodus, the command not to add nor take away from the Torah is examined—as well as Jesus’ words on the subject. The provenance of the Noahide laws is revealed—with instances in the Tanakh (Old Testament) where these laws are contradicted. Discussions include: What does Moses’ 3,500 year-old prophecy prove? Regarding Sinai: would you just have to be there? How can we keep God’s word on our hearts? (see also Tefillin link below) What does it mean to take God’s name in vain? To covet? We have to pay for whose sins? (see also Ezekiel 18 & 33 link below) Is there more than one reason to keep the Sabbath day? Is there a better reason to honor one’s parents than the blessing of a longer life? Gemstones also include the “Shema” (6:4) in context, in tradition, and as spoken by Jesus. Gordon reveals a fossil from tradition that proves a time when the name of Yehovah was freely spoken. This especially long and lustrous string of pearls shows that Israel accepted the Torah as good—as love, light, wisdom and beauty for all mankind.

Tefilllin (Phylacteries) by Nehemia Gordon
Nehemia Gordon – Ezekiel 18 & 33


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Vaetchanan is perhaps the crown jewel of Torah portions. It contains the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4. But what do the Hebrew words “Shema” and “Echad” mean and why is this single verse so important? Also in this program: Is Jesus/Yeshua a victim of character assassination? What are the Noahide laws? Was the covenant made with us or our fathers? What is the 1st commandment?

Tefillin (Phylacteries) by Nehemia Gordon
Ezekiel 18 & 33

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Torah Pearls – Devarim – Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

Torah-Pearls-44-Deuteronomy-01-DevarimThis week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Devarim covering Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22. The trio begins by noting how the Greek mistranslation of the title of Devarim as “Deuteronomy” muddles its meaning. With the book’s title settled, a puzzle appears in the very first verse: How could Moses have spoken from the “east side” of the Jordan? And the hits just keep on coming as they expound on giants and ghosts; on which is worse—a thief in the night or a highway robber; on the one thing that could not be found in all of Canaan, and exactly whose idea was this anyway? Gordon closes with an example from the Portion of the über-diligence of the scribes who preserved these wonders for us.



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Torah Pearls – Masei – Numbers 33:1-36:13

Torah-Pearls-43-Numbers-10-MaseiThis 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?


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Torah Pearls – Matot – Numbers 30:2-32:42

Torah-Pearls-42-Numbers-09-MatotThis 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?


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Torah Pearls – Pinchas – Numbers 25:10-30:01

Torah-Pearls-41-Numbers-08-PinchasThis 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?


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