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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How many books did Moses write?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Q&A

Question: How many books did Moses write? Answer: It is well known that Mosheh (Moses) wrote the first five books of the Scripture: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, or Torah in Hebrew. In the article “The Messenger of His Face and how Torah was given to Israel”, we explained that Mosheh would not have known how the world had been created, unless it had been revealed to him by someone. The following books, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, were...

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Does Judaism allow polygamy?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2020 in Q&A

Question: Does Judaism allow polygamy? Answer: Polygamy was a common practice in the ancient world when the marriages of the children were arranged by the fathers. Avraham sent his servant to find a wife for Yitschak (Gen 24:2-61) and Yehudah arranged the marriage of his first born son (Gen 38:6). Following this Biblical tradition the Judaism says it is the father’s duty to find a wife for his son (Kiddushin 29a). In the Scripture we find that even our patriarchs had...

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Why is Psalm 119 called “acrostic psalm”?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in Q&A

Question: Why is Psalm 119 called “acrostic psalm”? Answer: An acrostic is a verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message, or they are place in an alphabetical order. So, what is “acrostic psalm”? Psalm 119 is known as the acrostic psalm. This is the longest psalm and chapter in the Scripture. We should notice that Psalm 119 is divided up into twenty-two parts for each letter of the Hebrew alephbet. Therefore,...

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Why did Paul say “in the twinkling of an eye”?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Bible Study, Q&A

Question: Why did Paul say “in the twinkling of an eye”? Answer: In 1Co 15:51-52, we read that Apostle Shaul (Paul) refers to a secret or miracle that will occur “in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet”, Look, I speak a secret to you: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be...

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What was Israel’s life for 38 years in Arabia?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Q&A

Question: What was Israel’s life for 38 years in the desert of Arabia? Answer: After the sin of ten spies for rejecting the Promised Land, the nation was sent back to the desert until that generation died out in Arabia. We should recall that the sin for making the golden calf was forgiven, but the sin for rejecting the Promised Land was not and the people were sent back in the desert. Most regrettably, we know very little of Israel’s life in the wilderness of...

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In the plague in Moav 24,000 died, but Paul said 23,000. Which is true?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2020 in Q&A

Question: In the plague in Moav 24,000 died, but Paul said 23,000. Which is true? Answer: Torah says, “And those who died in the plague were twenty-four thousand.” (Num 25:9) But Apostle Shaul (Paul) says referring to the same event, “Neither should we commit whoring, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell,” (1Co 10:8) It seems that there are conflicting facts in the Scripture. Why would the apostle say that 23,000 died,...

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Did Matthew mistake to quote Jeremiah?

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Bible Study, Q&A

In the Gospel, it appears that Matthew made a mistake by quoting Jeremiah in his account of the betrayal of Yeshua. But can he make such a mistake in the first place? All the chief priests and rulers took counsel against Yeshua to put Him to death. And having bound Him, they delivered Him to Pontius Pilate. Then Judas having seen that He had been condemned to death, repented, and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests. And throwing down the pieces of...

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When are the Sabbatical and Jubilee years?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2020 in Q&A

Question: How do we count the Sabbatical and Jubilee years and can we know when they will occur? Answer: The law of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years is given in Leviticus 25. The children of Israel were commanded that when they would come into the land, they were to observe a Sabbath of the land to YHVH. Six years the land is to be tilled and gather in its fruit, but in the seventh year the land is to have a Sabbath of rest. No field work is allowed in the Sabbatical year....

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What does the true Passover dinner include?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2020 in Q&A

Question: According to the Torah, what does the Passover dinner include? Answer: The law of Pesach (Passover lamb) is very specific on what the Pesach dinner should include. We read in Exo 12:8-10 that we shall eat lamb roasted in fire with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs. We are not to eat it raw, nor boiled, but roasted in fire. And what remains of the lamb, we are to burn with fire and not discard in the trash. It is not an ordinary meal, it is the Pesach of YHVH....

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Which came first the chicken or the egg?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in Q&A

Question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Answer: If the answer is the egg, then the question arises: “Where did the chicken come from?” But if the chicken is the answer, then: “Where did the egg come from?” And the circle thinking goes on and on.  This may sound like a silly question, but actually, it is not; it is very philosophical. First of all, to answer the question with a question, what does it have to do with the Bible study? But as...

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How many wives did Jacob have?

Posted by on Jan 5, 2020 in Q&A

Question: How many wives did Jacob have? Answer: The tradition has it that Jacob had two wives: Rachel and Leah; Rachel he loved and Leah he did not. And these two wives, Rachel and Leah, are counted among the matriarchs of Israel together with Sarah and Rebekah.  However, the Scripture says something else that does not fit quite well in the Rabbinic tradition that Jacob had two wives. So, who are the other wives of Jacob that we have forgotten? To find out who they are,...

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