Hebrew Voices #90 – The Hebrew Error of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

In this episode of Hebrew Voices, The Hebrew Error of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nehemia Gordon looks at the promise of the Democratic Party's "Green New Deal" to pay money to those "unwilling to work". Nehemia shows how this unbelievable statement can help us understand medieval Hebrew Bible manuscripts and even shed light on the true pronunciation of the holy name of God. Nehemia also employs some classical Jewish techniques of Bible interpretation to find out whether this truly is a modern-day scribal error or part of a radical agenda to create a bloated welfare state.

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Feb 5, 2019 - Original Green New Deal FAQ published with the words “unwilling to work”.
Feb 8, 2019 - Robert Hockett (Cornell Law Professor and Green New Deal Advisor) was on Tucker Carlson stating "That's not part... that's erroneous... I t's the wrong document, Tucker... That's not us. We certainly don't believe in anything like that."
Feb 9, 2019 - 10:03am Saikat Chakrabarti (AOC representative) states “Mistakes happen when doing time launches like this coordinating multiple groups and collaborators.”
Feb 9, 2019 - 8:33pm Saikat Chakrabarti – “coal miners”
Feb 9, 2019 - Robert Hockett admits this was AOC’s document, but claims to have been unaware of it.

משנה, מגילה ב:ד (קויפמן)
הַכֹּל כְּשֵׁירִים לִקְרוֹא אֶת הַמְּגִילַּה חוּץ מֵחֵרֵשׁ שׁוֹטֶה וְקָטָן ר׳ יְהוּדָה מַכְשַׁיִר בַּקָטָן

Mishnah, Meg. 2:4
“All are valid to read the Scroll, except for a deaf-mute (חרש), an idiot, and a minor. R. Judah declares valid in the case of a minor.” (Neusner)

ירושלמי, ברכות ב:ד (ד,ד); תרומות א:א
אמר רב חסדא לית כן חרש השגרת (אשגרת) לשון היא.

“Rav Chisda said, “Deaf-mute should not be there. It is a familiar idiom.”
Jerusalem Talmud, Berachot 2:4 (4d); Terumot 1:1

Vatican, ebr. 2, Numbers 27:15 “And Moses spoke to Yehovah saying,”
Saint Petersburg, Russian National Library, Evr II. B. 983, page 6, col. 2, line 7, Jos 10.10 highlighted - “that which Moses commanded”
Aleppo Codex—Yeh(?)vah - Yehovah Is 61:9
Aleppo Codex, 2 Kings 20:9

  • A coal miner who has worked for forty years would be at, or over sixty years of age and in poor health as a result of prolonged exposure to coal dust. I see nothing wrong with giving him a decent pension at that point; he probably won’t live that much longer anyway.
    Fossil fuels are a finite resource. As time goes by they will become harder and more expensive to extract and as a result more expensive overall. This will likely make Saudi Arabia even more rich and powerful than it already is. That would be bad news for all of us, as S.A. funds every Islamic terrorist group in existence!
    Automation is coming, and it won’t be like the transition from horse and buggy to car. The number of jobs it will eliminate will be far more numerous. The coal miner won’t be picking up garbage because robots will do that. By that time maybe even the coal miners will be phased out by automation too.
    AOC’s plan is impossible to implement in the short term, by pure government fiat, but “time and chance” will force our hand down the road. We will inevitably have to adapt to some sort of “new normal” or else. The Saudis have already bought half of planet Earth as it is! The thought of them having a windfall, once oil becomes more precious than diamonds, is something I find REALLY scary!

  • Sheila Price says:

    A simple thank you, Nehemiah for keeping us up to date and helping understand more about the modern day technology in conjunction with ancient manuscripts… and always with the main focus being on Yehovah.

  • daniel says:

    I actually found the New Green Deal cumbersome reading as the style was quite sophomoric, and the content idealistically over the top. Grading for Economics 101 fetched a big, fat F.