Torah Pearls #26 – Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

Torah Pearls Shemini, leviticus, Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, Jono Vandor, Torah portion, strange fire, Aaron, judgment, Yehovah, Be Holy for I am Holy, Torah PearlsIn this week's Original Torah PearlsShemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47), we discuss the blessing of fire falling from Heaven, the sin of strange fire offered by Aaron’s sons, and the judgement of fire from Yehovah! Also, listen in as Nehemia Gordon eats a grasshopper! And, was Tevye right when he declared in Fiddler on the Roof that in the Good Book, “somewhere there is something about a chicken!” And what about the duck, goose and the swan? Lastly, what does it mean when Peter quotes Leviticus 11:45, “Be Holy for I am Holy” in 1 Peter 1:15? All this and more in this week’s Torah Pearls!

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17 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #26 – Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

  1. A hyrax is a small mammal also called a dassie in South Africa and there are hundreds of them on Table Mountain. (Sometime called a “rock rabbit”)

  2. During the discussion of chapter 10 where it mentions the death of Aaron’s sons, you fail to mention the version that adds understanding to what might have caused them to act impulsively,10: 8 ADONAI said to Aharon, 9 “Don’t’ drink any wine or other intoxicating liquor, neither you nor yours sons with you, when you enter the tent of meeting, so that you will not die.

  3. just wanted to add one comment about 1 Pet 1:15…Peter seems to define what he means by “being holy” (in context); see 2:1, 11-12. 15-22; 4:1-3 (and Ch.3 in the context of marriage), and no where when reading this epistle do you get the sense that he is talking about food… Just wanting to be honest with the text. shalom

    • Peter says to be holy in all your “conversation” – meaning your total lifestyle. Lust was mentioned… lusting for foods is a “thing: – not just lust in context of non-marital sex. I believe that Peter followed Torah all his days, to the best of his ability (i.e., not without sin.) As Yeshua directed, he dispensed with rabbinical additions to Torah, but I believe he never ate unkosher food.

  4. Manoah and his wife were there, we were not. Perhaps they had good reason to believe they had seen God just as Moses did on Sinai wherein the language is similar as well as Jacob when wrestling with “The One sent by YHVH” (poorly translated as “the angel of YHVH,” which makes us wrongly think of a cherub like Gabriel or Michael. This “angel” (malak) is not just any messenger or “one sent,” but THE One sent by YHVH, aka “The Anointed One.” The Anointed One is of course, the Messiah, or Yeshua, YHVH who saves (The Anointed One sent to save us in YHVH’s Name).

    • I would agree that from this text (regarding Manoah) and several others, the “Angel of YHVH” is not “just and angel” but a manifestation of YHVH Himself (which is why the people, upon realizing this, always fear for their lives). I do not think, however, one can make the assertion that this Angel is the (pre-incarnate) Yeshua (the LOGOS/dabar of YHVH), although that is certainly a possibility (but it is nowhere made clear in the text itself). Bottom line–Manoah DID “get it” 🙂 shalom

  5. Grains, grasses, fruit trees are the closest to absorbing the minerals from the earth, animals that eat grains ect are next, life is in the blood, don’t eat pretators as you might develope a preditory nature. can eath the mean of the gentle animals, cows, goats, sheep, if blood is properly vacated. All in all Father knows best.

  6. Also of the clean animals used for sacrifice; their blood vessel up their neck is so designed as to cut the blood off to the brian, quickly so doesn’t feel pain.

  7. It seems that generally unclean are those that are predictors, that run after their prey and tear it apart, also those that clean up the garbage of the water and earth the dead rotten material. Also concerning feet, some feet can get infection more than others, swine does not sweat and internalizes toxins. There is that prepared for ood and that prepared to clean up the dead, rotten stuff of earth or water.

  8. Thankyou so much for your teaching. For Charing your wisdom.
    But I am wondering about Vayikra 11:11, here they use a stronger word “detestabel” and also that it applise to their carcasses. Does this mean that I can not touch the Shell of the shrimp?

  9. I was reading Judges 6 last night and noticed that Gideon offered a sacrifice to YHWH as a result of his encounter with the Angle of the LORD on his own. I really thought that only a priest was to perform that duty, if it were to be acceptable. The generations that grew up who did not know YHWH, (Judges 1) did they not have the Tabernacle or service in place in order to worship? How is it that YHWH allows alters and sacrifices outside of the Tabernacle and priestly order He established?
    Just curious.

  10. Indeed a very interesting conversation. All of Torah continues to tug atme with many questions.
    Most important can anyone expound on how one can follow when so much of Prophet writings tell them and now us, those appointed went after other baal/gods???
    After all, all have been born in sin, YHWH setup for us to obey Him alone!

    Thanks for any response.

    • You must LOVE YHVH to keep his commands and vice versa. Many come to Torah and forget about the love that it is pointing us towards. The love of messiah. Love for our neigbor and Neigbor. love is the best and it is the answer to your question. How to follow? Love who you follow. Don’t lose Him.

  11. Thank you for the commentary how does KOSHER coming to this? now most people are talking about KOSHER but not clean and unclean. Do you have any article on Kosher? if you do can you send to me. YeHoVaH bless. Moses

  12. Thank you for imparting wisdom and insight on what is, sadly, a new concept for me…following Torah. Concerning the teaching of Lev. 11, I was wondering if you could bring some clarification on verses 32-39. Is this speaking specifically of the swarming things or is it referring to all unclean animals? I’ve been told it applies to all unclean animals, but when I read it, it seems to me in context, it’s talking of the swarming things. How does this affect eating out in restaurants, or buying meats from the grocery stores? I’m confused, and welcome any insight you have on this topic. Thank you again.


    Paula Stein

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