Tefillin (phylacteries)

Set of Tefillin (phylacteries). Attribution: Black StripePopular 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

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