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  • 00:51

    Shmitta year: What it means for Israel

    in Judaism

      Starting at Rosh Hashanah, Israel will be going through the Shmitta [Sabbatical] year. Why is that significant? Because it's one way of signifying that Israel [and the world] belongs to G-d. Just as the Jewish people get a rest day one day of the week [Shabbat], the land is to rest every seven years. The Torah gives two reasons to observe Shabbat: to acknowledge G-d as the creator and to remember their liberation form Egypt [Mitzrayim]. Shabbat ultimately sends the Jew two messages: that they acknowledge G-d as the ultimate sovereign and that they're not slaves. And with letting the land rest, it is to acknowledge that the land belongs to G-d. Just as the neshama Yehudi  [Jewish soul] naturally clings to Torah, G-dliness, and mitzvot, the land of Israel is a holy land, as seen even from Jewish law [Halacha]. Even when eating, the Jew acknowledges the holiness of Israel. For instance, for olives and apples, both of which is haetz, olives take priority just by being one of the seven species of fruit that Israel is praised for. And the Shmitta acknowledges G-d as the sovereign. It goes back to what Rashi said, when he said that the reason why the Torah did not begin with the first mitzvah, but with the creation of the world, was so then Israel can say that G-d ultimately gave the land to them if the other nations accuse Israel of stealing Canaanite land. Just as Shabbat is something from G-d that's out of this world, so too, Shmitta is something from G-d out of this world. The difference is that whereas the Jew goes by days, Eretz Yisrael [the Land of Israel] goes by years. But it's still the same principle. Shmitta also teaches that just as Klal Yisrael [the community of Israel] is holy, the land is also holy as well and is not merely something to be walked on and taken for granted.

  • 01:07

    Holy Spirit: Creator And Re-Creator

    in Spirituality

    ["On Demand" re-broadcast. This show is pre-recorded. Do not call in]


    St. Paul, finding himself in the midst of controversy and slandered by malcontents in the very church he had started, is forced to defend his ministry at a distance through a lengthy letter which we now know as "II Corinthians." While defending his integrity, he teaches doctrine while he does it: The Holy Spirit, he say, both creates and RE-creates. What He did in Genesis chapter 1 at the creation of the world, he does also in our hearts when we're born-again. Paul's argument is an amazing display of deftness, tact, and clarity. Tonight, let's see how he does it. Tune in and take notes! Your host: Rev. Rick Anderson on "Jewish Roots" 9:30 pm EDT at blogtalkradio.com/fougrew, or through www.scripturesdramatized.com. Listen LIVE through Twitter, LinkedIn, Googleplus and Facebook.com/fougcrew. To call with a question or comment: For archived show summaries and speaking engagements: www.scripturesdramatized.com

  • 00:41

    Debar Teshuvah on The Marriage Covenant IVb

    in Religion

    In this episode we discuss:
    The Divorce Halacha Cont.
    citing The Historical Records of The Hebrews
    Join us each Shabbat afternoon as we discover and apply the Word to our Return.
    Let us make Teshuvah- we will go back and get it! 
    SANKOFA!

  • 00:43

    Debar Teshuvah on The Marriage Covenant IVa

    in Religion

    In this episode we discuss:
    The Marriage Covenant Divorce halacha citing The Historical Records of The Hebrews
    citing The Historical Records of The Hebrews
    Join us each Shabbat afternoon as we discover and apply the Word to our Return.
    Let us make Teshuvah- we will go back and get it! 
    SANKOFA!

  • 01:28

    Jewish Law and the Rreasons Why

    in Judaism

    The final installment of interactive lectures conducted by Rabbi Robert L. Wolkoff from Congregation B'nai Tikvah in North Brunswick NJ.
    This evening will be a summary of "What have we learned about the way Jewish Law works?"
    You may request a topic at bnaitikvah.org

  • 02:25

    THE SACRED NAME/HRM DECEPTION PART 5

    in Spirituality

    THE BIBLE AND THE TALMUD
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    ERROR IN THE BIBLE?
    PRIMACY OF THE TALMUD
    SCRIBES AND PHARISEES
    EXCLUSIVENESS OF THE TALMUD
    THE TALMUD
    JEWISH EDUCATION AND "HALACHA"
    GLOBAL UNITY AND THE HALACHA
     

  • 01:37

    Jewish Law and the Rreasons Why

    in Judaism

    The 7th in a continuing series of interactive lectures conducted by Rabbi Robert L. Wolkoff from Congregation B'nai Tikvah in North Brunswick NJ.
    The topic will be Kitniyot (Legumes) on Passover: The rise and fall and rise of a “foolish custom”.
    If you ever wanted to know why (ashkenazic) you can’t eat rice, but your (sefardic) neighbor can/why you can’t use peanuts but you can use peanut oil/what’s up with canola oil, this is the class for you.
    And while we’re talking about this, we’ll learn all about the force of custom in Jewish law.
    .You may request a topic at bnaitikvah.org

  • 01:30

    Jewish Law and the Reasons Why

    in Judaism

    The 6th in a continuing series of interactive lectures conducted by Rabbi Robert L. Wolkoff from Congregation B'nai Tikvah in North Brunswick NJ.
    Today's topic: Prayer and the Internet,
    Reference material: http://bit.ly/tXF4cL

  • 01:32

    Jewish Law and the Reasons Why

    in Judaism

    The 5th in a continuing series of interactive lectures conducted by Rabbi Robert L. Wolkoff from Congregation B'nai Tikvah in North Brunswick NJ.
    Specific topics are to be selected by attendees and listeners.
    You may request a topic at bnaitikvah.org

  • 01:39

    Jewish Law and the Reasons Why

    in Judaism

    The 4th in a continuing series of interactive lectures conducted by Rabbi Robert L. Wolkoff from Congregation B'nai Tikvah in North Brunswick NJ.
    Specific topics are to be selected by attendees and listeners.
    You may request a topic at bnaitikvah.org

  • 01:23

    Jewish Law and the Reasons Why

    in Judaism

    The 3rd in a continuing series of interactive lectures conducted by Rabbi Robert L. Wolkoff from Congregation B'nai Tikvah in North Brunswick NJ.
    Specific topics are to be selected by attendees and listeners.
    You may request a topic at bnaitikvah.org
    One of the questions to be discussed tonight is whether an athiest can conduct services.