Hebrew Voices #71 – When is Shemitah (Sabbatical Year)

Hebrew Voices - When is Shemitah (Sabbatical Year) with Nehemia GordonIn this episode of Hebrew Voices, When is Shemitah (Sabbatical Year), Nehemia Gordon discusses why we don’t know when the Shemitah and Yovel (Jubilee) years are today, whether Shemitah should be observed outside of Israel, and the problem with the Rabbinical observance of Shemitah in modern Israel. Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #70 – Sikh-ing God in Jerusalem

Sathari Singh at the Western WallIn this brand-new episode of Hebrew Voices, Sikh-ing God in Jerusalem, I talk with Sathari Singh, a Catholic-born convert to the Sikh faith whose lifelong dream was to come on a pilgrimage to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. Sathari explains what he learned studying from a Hassidic rabbi, how he fought religious persecution in New York City, and what it was like as a turban-wearing Manhattan subway train driver on 9/11. Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #44 – The Rebirth of Israel and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Rebroadcast)

Nehemia Gordon speaking on Israel Independence Day 2017In Hebrew Voices The Rebirth of Israel and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Nehemia Gordon speaks on Israel's Independence Day about why he is a "Zionist", and how the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls parallels the rebirth of Israel as a nation. You can watch the video of his address at the public celebrations of Israel's 69th Independence Day in Huntington, West Virginia or listen to the audio as part of his Hebrew Voices podcast. Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #69 – Nothing is Forgotten

In this episode of Hebrew Voices, Nothing is Forgotten, Nehemia Gordon talks with author and historian Peter Golden who has interviewed world leaders from Ronald Reagan to Yitzchak Rabin. Golden explains the origin of the word "Holocaust" in the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the critical role Soviet Jewry played in the founding of the State of Israel, and how blue jeans and rock music brought down the Soviet Union. Jennifer wrote: “I love listening to Hebrew Voices. Getting the opportunity to “meet” such amazing people through your program. This one however was one my favorite episodes so far on Hebrew Voices.” Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #29 – From Slavery to Freedom (Rebroadcast)

Nehemia Gordon and Rabbi Dr. Avraham J. Twerski talking about going from slavery to freedom on Hebrew Voices.In this episode of Hebrew Voices, From Slavery to Freedom, Nehemia Gordon speaks to Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski. Nehemia draws on Rabbi Twerski's vast experience as a world-renowned Rabbi and psychiatrist to explain why it is important to get out of our comfort zone in order to achieve true spirituality. The author of over 70 books and a canonical Jewish prayer sung in every synagogue, Rabbi Twerski's stature in the Jewish world parallels that of Billy Graham in the Christian world. Rabbi Twerski opens the episode singing a Psalm, shares how he once saved a man by getting a special dispensation from the Pope, and describes a practical plan to break the chains of spiritual slavery in order to attain true freedom and maximize our full potential and purpose in life. Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #26 – Easter Miracle of the Holy Fire (Rebroadcast)

Hiel the Bethelite hidden inside the altar of Baal from the 3rd Century synagogue at Dura Europos, Syria.In this episode of Hebrew Voices, Easter Miracle of the Holy Fire, Nehemia Gordon speaks again with Dr. Richard Carrier, an historian specializing in ancient philosophy, religion and science. Gordon and Carrier begin by discussing the annual miracle claimed by the Greek Orthodox Church at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre but go on to compare notes on miracles and magic from ancient times through the 21st century. Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #68 – An Early Christian Passover

Melito of SardisIn this episode of Hebrew Voices, An Early Christian Passover, Nehemia Gordon continues his fascinating discussion with Prof. Shaye Cohen of Harvard University. This time, the two focus on a Christian Church Father named Melito of Sardis, who in the second century, wrote a prayer service or sermon, for a Christian Passover. This leads Gordon and Cohen to discuss the differences and similarities between Easter, Pascha and Passover, what each commemorated, and when each of these holidays were observed by different historical groups. Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #67 – Was the Last Supper a Passover Seder

Da Vinci's painting of the Last SupperIn this episode of Hebrew Voices, Was the Last Supper a Passover Seder, Nehemia Gordon and Professor Shaye Cohen of Harvard University give an overview of the Passover sacrifice from Biblical times up until the destruction of the Temple, and how it evolved into the modern-day Passover Seder. Then they use that as a foundation for looking at the nature of the Last Supper in the New Testament. Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #66 – The Historical Pronunciation of Vav

Hebrew Voices with Nehemia Gordon - The Historical Pronunciation of VavIn Hebrew Voices, The Historical Pronunciation of Vav, Nehemia Gordon explains how we know the letter “vav” was historically pronounced as “v”, sets the record straight on the Arabic influence that introduced "w" into the Academic pronunciation of Hebrew, and brings the scribal proof that in the time of Ezekiel they pronounced God’s name as Yehovah. Continue reading