Hebrew Voices #47 – A Disastrous Misunderstanding of the Name Yehovah

In Hebrew Voices, A Disastrous Understanding of the Name Yehovah, Nehemia Gordon explains the true meaning of God's holy Name, and how some twist this to their own destruction. Listen to the brief podcast, and then check out the detailed grammatical explanation of how we know, Yehovah has nothing to do with the Hebrew word for “destruction”. I look forward to reading your comments! Suzette wrote: Forgive me, I was one of those people who knew just enough Hebrew to be dangerous… Thanks for the article! Continue reading

The Truth About Shavuot

Joshua 5:11 in the 1611 King James VersionShavuot is a biblical festival known in English as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. Shavuot is a pilgrimage-feast, in Hebrew chag. As a chag, Shavuot is one of the three annual biblical festivals on which every male Israelite is commanded to make a pilgrimage to the Temple. Shavuot is also referred to in the Torah as Chag Ha-Katzir, the Feast of Harvest (Exodus 23:16) and Yom Ha-Bikurim, the Day of Firstfruits (Numbers 28:26). Continue reading

The Ancient Hebrew Roots of Hanukkah

Ancient, Hebrew Roots, Hanukkah, history, rabbis, Jewish, authority, celebration, miraculous, military, victory, faithful, Jews, Yehovah, Greeks, Judah, yhvhFind out the true history of Hanukkah before it was hijacked by ancient rabbis wanting to subjugate the Jewish people under their authority. The original Hanukkah was a celebration of a miraculous military victory and the audacity of faithful Jews to stand against man-made rules and regulations. It's no surprise that the rabbis saw a need to obfuscate the original message of this national Jewish Day of Joy and re-cast it as a reminder of their self-appointed power. It's time to reclaim Hanukkah for Yehovah and stand against the ban of the rabbis and the ancient Greeks alike! Continue reading

Thanksgiving to Yehovah

thanksgiving-350x200In this Thanksgiving Raw Stream of Torah Consciousness, I share about my journey from wallowing in my own misery, to being thankful every day for the gifts that Yehovah has given me. In the study, I explore the complex and expressive root for “thanks”—yod-dalet-hay—and the profound changes understanding this has brought to my life. In this special message, I remind my Support Team that the best time to give thanks is not during the best of times. I encourage those standing with me on the wall to express thanks and trust in Yehovah, knowing that that when we call upon Him in truth, He will answer. It’s going to be an awesome Thanksgiving! Continue reading

My U-Haul Sukkot

Gordon Family U-Haul Sukkah 1976.One of my earliest childhood memories was Sukkot of 1976, when I was 3.5 years old. I remember sitting in the family Sukkah, looking up through the branches that formed the roof, at the clouds as they whisked across the sky. We lived in a 17-story condominium and there was no obvious place to build a Sukkah. My father (of blessed memory), an Orthodox rabbi, asked permission to build a Sukkah in his designated parking space. When his request was turned down by the condominium board, my mother came up with the idea of building our Sukkah on the back of a U-Haul trailer. Continue reading

Sukkot (Feast of Booths) & Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly)

Sukkot, Feast of Booths, Chag Ha-Sukkot, Tabernacles, Sukkah, Booth, 4 species, Lev 23:40, Rabbinical tradition, waved, festival, Torah, celebrate, seven days, 15th, 21st, Seventh Hebrew month, holiday, Feast of Tabernacles, work is forbidden, first day, Pilgrimage Festivals, Jewish male, Jerusalem, laws, Talmud, Levitcus 23:40, fruit of a splendorous tree, splendorous fruit tree, date branches, branch of a thick tree, willows of the creek, Tanakh, Biblical, Nehemiah, Yehovah, Moses, Children of Israel, Seventh month, olive branches, oil tree branches, myrtle branches, House of God, Water Gate, Ephraim Gate, Karaites, Rabbis, Etrog, citron, olive tree, olive oil, Israelite, Arvei Nahal, Wadis, Israel, Babylon, Shemini Atzeret, 8th day, Rabbinic, simhat Torah, Celebration of the Torah, Rabbanites, God's lawOn Chag Ha-Sukkot, Feast of Booths (Tabernacles) we are commanded to build a Sukkah (Booth) using as building materials the "4 species" listed in Lev 23:40. Rabbinical tradition teaches that a bundle of these building materials must be ritually waved in the air during the festival. Continue reading