How Leah destined the priesthood of Levi

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in Hebrew Study

How many people know that the unloved wife of Ya’akov Leah spoke prophetically and thus destined the priesthood of her third son Levi? All the other eleven children of Ya’akov were named by their mothers, as it is written “And she called his name”. The exception is with the youngest of Ya’akov’s sons whom Rachel called Ben-Oni “son of my sorrow”, but Ya’akov called him by the name Binyamin “son of the right hand”. But in Gen 29:34,...

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The Mistakes Avraham Made

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

The patriarch Avraham made two mistakes in his life, even three. Two of these mistakes cost his descendants a great deal of trouble. Had Avraham listened carefully to words of the Creator the history of the world would have been quite different. And I shall make you a great nation, and bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing! And I shall bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you. And in you all the families of the earth shall be grafted...

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Some misconceptions on the Infallible Name

Posted by on Oct 9, 2020 in Hebrew Study, The Name of YHVH

There are people who claim that the infallible Name of the Creator derives from the verbs הַיָּה hayyah or הַוָּה havvah. According to the partial knowledge they have of the Hebrew grammar, they have come up with “names” with distorted meanings that have nothing common with the infallible Name. And there are a lot of people who study the beautiful Hebrew language in order to know more about the Creator YHVH Elohim, His infallible Name, and ultimately to learn...

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Is Yom Kippur called ‘Sabbath’?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2020 in Hebrew Study, Q&A

Question: Is Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) called ‘Sabbath’ as the weekly Sabbath? Answer: The Seventh Day of the week and Yom Kippur are indeed called ‘Sabbath’. The Hebrew word Shabbat is not a name of a day, as the Biblical days of the week do not have names, nor do the months have names. Unlike the non-Biblical calendars, such as the Rabbinical and Christian calendars, which have pagan names for days and months, the calendar of the Creator...

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Chesed: Mercy and lovingkindness vs shame

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Hebrew Study

Chesed is a Hebrew word that has two contradictory and seemingly opposing meanings such as mercy and lovingkindness, and on the other hand shame and disgrace. So, how can these two conflicting meanings be reconciled? This will be the subject of our study in this article. The moral laws in the Torah against the sexual immorality in Lev 18 outline the prohibition of sexual abominations and go with a straightforward warning to the children of Israel not to walk in the laws of...

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Yam Suph — Red Sea or Sea of Reeds

Posted by on Aug 21, 2020 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

The Hebrew words Yam Suph are always translated either “Red Sea” or “Sea of Reeds” referring to the sea the Elohim of the children of Israel split at the Exodus from Egypt. The meaning of Yam Suph has been lost for us and “Red Sea” and “Sea of Reeds” may not be quite correct, as we will examine this below. But why is it important to find the correct translation of Yam Suph where Elohim performed His last plague on Egypt and...

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The Accountability to Say “Amen!”

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in Hebrew Study

The exclamation “Amen!” is so often misuse and even abuse by the preachers that it has lost its true meaning and has become a cliché in the churches today. Pastors, preachers, teachers, and TV evangelists, teach from the pulpit “teachings” foreign and sometimes even contradictory to the Teaching (Torah) of the Creator, and then they call for a repeat-after-me “Amen” and the laymen follow suit: “Amen!” But what does...

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Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!

Posted by on Feb 29, 2020 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

Very often a mistranslation like “vanity” can overturn the whole meaning of a message in the Scripture. A typical example of it is the phrase in Ecclesiastes: Vanity of vanities! All is vanity! Is life a vanity, or the things we have labored all of our days were in vain or futile? Have we not received them from Elohim, and if we indeed have, why has the preacher called “vanity of vanities”? What does the wisest man teach in his end-of-life message to...

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Interpretations of How Israel Left Egypt

Posted by on Feb 9, 2020 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

There is a peculiar passage in the Exodus story regarding how Israel left Egypt. The Sages of old sought to find a meaningful interpretation of an obscured Hebrew word in the Book of Exodus in order to explain this passage. It is in Exo 13:18 that reads thus, But God led the people about, by the way of the wilderness by the Red Sea; and the children of Israel went up armed out of the land of Egypt. (Exo 13:18 JPS) King James’ version of the Bible also renders the...

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Shabbat Shabbaton, Shabbat Beloved

Posted by on Dec 25, 2017 in Hebrew Study, The Appointed Times of YHVH

What does the phrase “shabbat shabbaton” mean? The Hebrew word שַׁבָּתוֹן shabbaton, is commonly translated as sabbatism, that is a Sabbath observance, as found in its Greek transliteration sabbatismos, “σαββατισμός” in Heb 4:9. It comes from the noun שַׁבָּת shabbat, meaning of cessation or “to completely end” any work. Shabbat comes from the verb שָׁבַת shavat, which means to cease what one is doing, therefore, shabbat does not mean a...

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The Fiery Law from YHVH’s Right Hand

Posted by on Oct 20, 2019 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

Little is known that Torah of YHVH is “a fiery law” since it appears only in one place of the Scripture where the Torah is referred to as such. And since the term “a fiery law” appears only once in the Scripture, it will be challenging to derive a conclusive evidence of its meaning. Yehovah came from Sinai, and rose from Seir for them. He shone forth from Mount Paran, and came with ten thousands of set-apart ones, from His right hand a fiery law for...

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What is to be holy, as YHVH is holy?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

The word “holy” as in the phrase “Be holy, for I am holy!” is believed to have positive meanings of being morally and spiritually excellent; also saintly, godly, pious, God-fearing, righteous, good, virtuous, moral, sinless, pure, perfect. This perception is often derived from the Apostle Shimon Kepha’s quote from Leviticus, … as the One who called you is holy, so you also should become holy in all behavior, because it has been written,...

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