Torah Pearls #16 – Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)

Torah Pearls Beshalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16, Egypt, Exodus, Miriam, Nuweiba, Pharaoh, Red Sea, Sinai, Song of the Sea, Torah Pearls, Yam SufThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16). We get some fascinating insights from the Hebrew in the story of the Exodus from Egypt and digs up a pearl regarding the poetic form of the Name of Yehovah.  There follows an interesting discussion of the meaning and origin of Shabbat and the understanding of Manna. Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #15 – The Bible of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Rebroadcast)

A Dead Sea Scroll of Exodus in Paleo-Hebrew from Cav 4 at Qumran (4QpaleoExod-m).In this episode of Hebrew Voices, The Bible of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nehemia Gordon talks to Professor Emanuel Tov, the world’s foremost scholar on the Dead Sea Scrolls and author of the definitive “Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible.” Gordon and Tov’s discussion yields an enlightening mix of 101 material as well as fascinating (and accessible) post-doctoral details. Continue reading

The Mistake That Got It Right – Part 2: Vampires in Genesis and a Strategy for Hiding the Vowels of the Name Yehovah

An example of Yehovah's name being erased using erasure dots. In Part 2 of Nehemia Gordon's Support Team Study, The Mistake That Got It Right, Nehemia pulls back the curtain on a series of mysterious dots ancient Jewish scribes placed over certain words in the Hebrew Bible, shows how later Jews misinterpreted these dots as evidence of Vampires in the Book of Genesis, and explains the true historical significance of these dots. Nehemia concludes the study with newly discovered evidence from Hebrew manuscripts of how Jewish scribes could have easily hidden the pronunciation of God's holy name, even when they slipped up by revealing the full vowels. Continue reading

Prophet Pearls #15 – Bo (Jeremiah 46:13-28)

Prophet Pearls Bo, Jeremiah 46:13-28, egypt, jeremiah, torah portion, prophet, nations, yehovah, yhvh, haftarah, nehemia gordon, keith johnson, parsha, boThis week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Bo covering Jeremiah 46:13-28. Jeremiah, the prophet to the nations, foretells another “smiting” for Egypt—providing the connection to the Torah portion where the Lord, with a strong hand, brought his people out of Egypt. This time though, the smiting is at the hand of the Babylonians—a fact that provides another glimpse into the ways and means of Yehovah. Continue reading

Torah Pearls #15 – Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

Torah Pearls Bo, Exodus 10:1-13:16, Torah Pearls Vaeira, Exodus 6:2-9:35, Egypt, Exodus, migdal-oz, mixed multitude, month of aviv, Moses, Name of God, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, Pharaoh, plague, plagues, Tetragrammaton, Torah Pearls, Torah Portion, vaeira, YehovahThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16). This week's episode of Torah Pearls begins with the plague of locusts in Egypt.  From the stories of Moses stretching his hands toward Egypt we gain some fascinating insights on the power of prayer.  The discussion then moves to the death of the firstborn, and explore some of the amazing acts of The LORD providing for the Hebrew people prior to their departure.  The group then speaks at length on the determining of the New Year based on the Hebrew calendar, which allows us to determine when Passover comes. This leads to a wonderful discussion of being humble enough to admit when one is wrong. Continue reading

The Secret Abraham Didn’t Know

Secret, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, El Shaddai, name, Yehovah, Exodus, Rashbam, Jewish, Torah, 19th Century, Mosaic, anti-semitism, shattering the Conspiracy of Silence, knowledge, God's holy nameShalom Support Team! Thank you for standing with me on the Wall! In my Support Team Study, The Secret Abraham Didn't Know, I explore the depths of Exodus 6:3 and consider over a dozen possible explanations found in Jewish sources throughout the ages. This verse became pivotal in the deconstruction of the Torah by 19th Century German scholars who denied its Mosaic authorship. This anti-Torah latent antisemitism is predominant in universities and seminaries around the world, so addressing it is no trivial matter. I also talk about some aspects of this in chapter 2 of my book "Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence". Join me as I turn scholarly confusion into an intimate knowledge of God's holy name and essence! Continue reading

Prophet Pearls #14 – Vaeira (Ezekiel 28:25-29:21)

Prophet Pearls Vaeira, Ezekiel, Yehovah, vaeira, Egypt, Exodus, haftarah, ingathering of exiles, Keith Johnson, nehemia gordon, Pharaoh, prophets, tsemachThis week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Vaeira covering Ezekiel 28:25-29:21. This portion reveals Yehovah as maestro—orchestrating kings, nations and events to further the day when the house of Israel, and all mankind, will know who he is. Ezekiel’s prophecy that a revelation of God would result from the ingathering can be witnessed today. However, not all who see believe, and Gordon draws an ominous parallel between Pharaoh claiming the Nile as his own and those who boast about modern-day Israel without giving credit to Yehovah. Continue reading

Torah Pearls #14 – Vaeira (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

Torah Pearls Vaeira, Exodus 6:2-9:35, Egypt, Exodus, migdal-oz, mixed multitude, month of aviv, Moses, Name of God, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, Pharaoh, plague, plagues, Tetragrammaton, Torah Pearls, Torah Portion, vaeira, YehovahThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Vaeira (Exodus 6:2-9:35). At face value, the first sentence of Vaeira appears to contradict other Scripture but several common-sense explanations clear things up. We learn why Moses’ lineage was important—particularly to the original audience—and that his “why me?” attitude was a sign of greatness. Gordon reveals a key verse for understanding the month of Aviv and the significance of its place on the Hebrew calendar. He also reads a poetic passage from the Portion that contains God’s name and where the rhyme of the divine is evident. As the trio examines each plague, Gordon translates the three Hebrew words for what was done to Pharaoh’s heart. Johnson speculates if the livestock taken to a place of shelter—a “migdal-oz”—hints at the mixed multitude and wonders if any Egyptians took shelter in the wondrous redemption to be found in Goshen. Continue reading

Prophet Pearls #13 – Shemot (Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23)

Jewish exiles returning to the Land of Israel ,Prophet Pearls Shemot, Isaiah, exile, redemption, restoration, haftarah, prophets, Keith Johnson, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, proof texting, shemot, shofar, tanakh, preceptThis week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Shemot covering Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23. The theme of exile and restoration in this Prophet’s portion corresponds to the turning point in the Egyptian exile when the midwives were told to murder, the Israelites were told to make bricks without straw and Moses was told, “Now you will see what I will do.” Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #4 – Triumph Over Terror (Rebroadcast)

Keith Johnson, Yehudah Glick, triumph over terror, freedom of worship, Temple Mount, Yehovah, name, 1 Chronicles 23:25, 1 Kings 8:41-43, 2 Chronicles 33:4, 2 Chronicles 33:7, 2 Chronicles 6:6, 2 Kings 21:7, bfa international, Deuteronomy 31:10-13, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Dome of the Rock, knife, knife attacks, nehemia gordon, Numbers 6:24-27, Psalm 122, Sukkot, temple mount truth project, Terror, terrorism, terrorist attacks, Yehuda Glick, glick , Zechariah 14:3-4In this episode of Hebrew Voices, Triumph Over Terror, Nehemia Gordon speaks with his old friend and “Pearls Partner", Keith Johnson — an African American Methodist pastor who came to Israel to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Yehuda Glick’s survival of an assassination attempt by a Muslim extremist. Glick is an Orthodox Rabbi and human rights activist who works to make the Temple Mount accessible to people of all faiths. The attempted assassination aroused Jews from all walks of life to proclaim triumph over terror through freedom of worship on the Temple Mount. Continue reading