Four Fasts of Zechariah (Preview)

The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem.Enjoy this special preview of my Support Team Study, The Four Fasts of Zechariah, then listen to the full episode, with accompanying source sheet, in which I discuss the four fasts found in the book of Zechariah, and whether the fasts commonly referred to as "Shivah Asar B'Tammuz" (17th of Tammuz), "Tisha B'Av" (9th of Av), and "Asarah B'Tevet" (10th of Tevet) should be observed today. Abraham wrote: “This was an amazing study…” Continue reading

Torah Pearls #29 – Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30)

Torah Pearls Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1-18:30, Nehemia Gordon, Torah portion, Torah Pearls, Day of Atonement, goat, Yom Kippur War, Temple Mount, PopeThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30). In this episode we center in on the Day of Atonement and discuss the two goats and what they represent. Listen in as Nehemia recounts the miracle of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Also, Keith tells of his recent adventures beneath and upon the Temple Mount, plus a bonus story about his meeting with the Pope! Continue reading

Torah Pearls #46 – Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

Torah Pearls - Eikev, 40 days, 40 nights, abominations, arrogance, awesome, bees, Birkat HaMazon, blessing, blot out, Circumcised heart, collective blessing, cows, curse, cursed thing, eikev, fasting, first person, God of gods, gods, golden calf, grace, grace after a meal, hornet, idolatry, Jesus quotes Torah, Karaism, karaite, Karaites, land flowing with milk and honey, meal, Moses intervened for Aaron, name, on the heels of, plagues, Prophecy, search scriptures, seven species, staple crops of Israel, tablets, tablets of stone, Ten Commandments, Tetragrammaton, Torah, Torah Pearls, walking the landThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Eikev covering Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25. Using language, history, context and common sense, Gordon provides insight into Hebrew slang as well as certain words from the portion, including “because,” “disease,”  and “hornet.” The question of when to say grace leads the trio to discuss the powerful implications of lifelong learning—“little by little.” Johnson relates how Jesus’ intimacy with the books of Moses draws him to the Torah. The trio answers: What Hebrew word describes both “God” and “desert?” Does God set time limits on wickedness? What things are abominable? What is the danger of arrogance? Who hewed? And who wrote? Gordon discusses the irony that scripture and Jewish tradition consider the blotting out of a name to be a curse. And in contrast to the practice of only using the Tetragrammaton, Gordon reads Deuteronomy 10:17 in Hebrew to reveal the alliterative beauty of the verse and the power unleashed when the great, mighty and awesome name is spoken. Continue reading

Four Fasts of Zechariah

The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem.Shalom Support Team! The rabbinical fast of Tisha B'av (the 9th of Av), commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in 586 BCE and 70 CE. The prophet Zechariah mentions this fast along with three other annual fasts. In this Support Team Study, I talk about whether we should be observing these four fasts in accordance with the prophet's teaching today. Thank you for supporting Makor Hebrew Foundation. I look forward to reading your comments!

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