Nehemia Gordon & Keith Johnson – Pearls from the Torah Portion – Yitro – Exodus 18:1-20:23

This week’s program is dedicated to Nehemia’s faithful canine companion, Georgia the Rhodesian Ridgeback, who sadly passed away the day of this recording. The outro music of this program was specially written in honor of Georgia. It features Yoel ben Shlomo on didgeridoo and Jono Vandor on guitar, and is entitled “Memories of Georgia”. May we all display the faithfulness of Yehovah’s servant, Caleb.

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  1. carol brown says

    Nehemia sorry for your loss of Georgia my son BILLY-JOE has to ridgebacks one is Rex he would be the same age as your dog looks like yours but he has got the lion on his back he is long hair he used go 40 click when he use pull BJ on his skate board no more we have neally twice the youn she is only 3 she wont let anybody go near BJ not even me when he goes wingers really loud she jumps into his armsher name isBellashe is very musley we tried to mate them but he is to old she wont let himso she had no puppies i allways love theese bible talkslol carolRex blacks out some times but he comes backi just worry about BJ IF HE looses him he is neally 25 on the 3 of april

  2. Jeannette Hall says

    Thank you so much for these studies, they are confirming and solidifying so many things for me in the scriptures. Today’s study was totally what I needed in some areas that I have been crying out to Yehovah to hear Him and understand what I’m to be doing in my daily life.

  3. ellen says

    sorryfor your loss.

  4. Chris says

    Just wondering from last weeks portion…what Hebrew Bible do you guys prefer? Is there a particular version that I should be looking for? Also is there a Parallel Hebrew Bible with English translation next to it?

    Thanks in advance…

  5. Cindy says

    Sorry for the loss of your beloved Georgia, we know how precious our pets are to us. Thank you for all you do to uplift the Torah, and to teach it to us who are new to it. May YHWH bless you and keep you.

  6. Chris & Sandra says

    Sorry for your loss my brother. What a powerful counter attack!
    Gonna have to listen to it gain a few times, there was so much rich revelation.
    Please seek the Lord about coming to the UK? All three of you!!!!

    Thank you so much for your teaching

    To Jehovah be the glory!!!

  7. Jenny says

    Like everyone else, sorry for your loss. I have 3 dogs and I can attest to the loyalty and love of man’s best friend. Georgia was a wonderful companion for you and she accompanied you during your trecks to check the new moon and to see if the barley was AVIV. Bless you.

  8. Kari B. says

    At the end of this week’s show, I found myself welling up with tears of gratefulness – what a blessing you all have been!

  9. Monika Evers says

    Nehemia, commiserations on your loss of your companion animal Georgia. They add a dimension to our lives that is sorely felt when they are no longer with us. I say this as I am once again short sheeted by the lump on my bed. You gave her love and she responded with her loyalty. My thoughts are with you today…and every pet owner understands your loss. Thanks for doing the show in the midst of your grief.

  10. Karaite says

    This is so excellent. I could listen to Nehemiah always when he is teaching the Torah and Tanach.
    I am so sorry that Georgia is gone. I love animals almost more than people. I hope that our animals go to be with Yehowah when their bodies die and go to the grave.

  11. LaurieJo says

    I really, really enjoyed hearing the 10 words in the Hebrew language. First time ever for me. Toda for this weekly bread guys.
    I am as happy as Georgia was to get a treat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Sharon says

    Jethro priest?
    2 Sam 8:15-18 …David’s sons were priests (cohenim)
    1 Chron. 18:14-17…David’s sons were chief ministers(7223 rishon) at the king’s side
    This led to study of word “Cohen” minister to Elohim, it can also mean prince, principal officer, governmental officer as in 2 Sam..
    Shemot 18:12-27…Jethro gives advice to Moshe how to manage giving justice to the people by appointing judges. Something a governmental official would know of.
    As you mentioned Jethro was a descendant of Avraham through Midyan. He is a minister in Midyan.
    Is it possible that Jethro was a goverrnmental ministers rather than minister of pagan idols?
    Today we use the terrm ‘minister’ in the same way. Both as religious minister and goernmental.
    Thank you, Sharon

  13. Kimberly says

    Thank you Brothers for these discussions. I am so blessed by them in so many ways. This particular one touches me because I grieve with Nehemiah in the loss of a beloved canine companion. My dog’s name was Jethro.

  14. Ken Alder says

    If Shavuot is 50 days after the Wave Sheaf offering during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which would then land in the first week of the third month, how can the giving of the 10 Commandments occur on Shavuot seeing as how Moses and the Israelites hadn’t even arrived at Mount Sinai by then? They arrived at Mount Sinai the same day of the third month as they left Egypt in the first month, i.e. the 15th/16th of the third month, which is 9-10 days later than the ‘traditional’ day held as Shavuot, i.e. the 6th day of the third month. Don’t get me wrong, I agree that the 10 Commandments were given on Shavuot and that the feast Aaron proclaimed the day Moses came down the mountain with the tablets of stone was indeed Shavuot. I am convinced we have the count to Shavuot wrong! The Scriptures tell us in Leviticus 23 to count seven sabbaths complete and THEN count 50 days. In Lunar Sabbath keeping seven sabbaths complete would include two or three days of Rosh Chodesh for a total count of 51 or 52 days THEN from the ‘morrow’ after the seven sabbaths complete you count 50 days for a grand total of 101 to 102 days. Before you scoff please know that harmonizes perfectly to the very day when Moses came down the mountain with the tablets of stone and Aaron was feasting (abominably) with the rest of the Israelites. Coincidence??? Not a chance!!! With this count the Leviticus 23 commandment and the Exodus 19-32 historical narrative are perfectly reconciled!!! Furthermore, Shavuot is to be a first fruits offering of the wheat, specifically spring wheat, PLEASE consider this, THERE IS NO SPRING WHEAT AVAILABLE IN THE FIRST WEEK OF THE THIRD MONTH!!! Spring wheat will not be ripe to harvest until late in the fourth month!!! According to Lunar Sabbath keeping the seven sabbaths complete plus the 50 days counted from the morrow after the seven sabbaths complete work out to either the 28th or 29th of the fourth month depending upon how many days of Rosh Chodesh have transpired during the transition between months, at that time the wheat is ready for harvest. The year of the Exodus the Chag of Shavuot fell on the 29th day of the fourth month, the very day an accurate accounting of days from Scriptural events has Moses coming down the mountain with the 10 Commandments!!! This count to Shavuot is one of the most compelling proofs of Lunar Sabbath keeping as there is no other way to reconcile Leviticus 23 with Exodus 19-32!!! Blessings to all.

  15. Ida Blom says

    Beautiful depth to the name of the gentile Caleb (keleb=dog) for today’s portion to commemorate Georgia. As a foreigner who has joined myself to Yehovah (Is. 56:6), I cannot help but to be reminded of the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:24-28 who, when asking Yeshua for a healing, mentioned what even the dogs feed on the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table and on this basis, her request was granted.

  16. Wendy Banuelos says

    Thank you guys very much for taking the time to teach us. Thank you, Nehemia, for honoring Georgia, of blessed memory, in this way.
    I wanted to share that I follow along using the CJB (Complete Jewish Bible Copyright 1998 by David H. Stern) and many times when Nehemia translates directly from the Hebrew, it reads word for word what he says. I just think that’s pretty cool and wanted to share since I know the CJB isn’t that popularly known.

  17. Jana Wanner says

    We are all feeling Georgia’s loss Nehemia. Beautiful music by Jono and Yoel. Like LaurieJo posted above, we had never heard the 10 in Hebrew. Blessed beyond words~may it come back to you 10 fold.

  18. J R Israel says

    Prayers for comfort to you Nehemiah. This loss hurts even my heart, when one suffers we all suffer. Just a thought….”all creation shall be redemed” “Comfort. Comfort You my people”

  19. Gillian says

    Thank you so much for these Torah Pearls, I loved this portion. And thank you for sharing the beautiful music in remembrance of dear Georgia. She was dearly loved, not only by us but also by Yehovah!

  20. Rob Lotz says

    Nehemia, there’s a puppy out there somewhere waiting for someone to love him or her.

    Thank you for your teachings!

  21. The Remnant says

    Nehemiah, thank you for the courage you have demonstrated in the absence of your best friend Georgia. Your counter-attack is truly from Yehovah. Just like Caleb who stood firm in whom he believed. He served Yehovah with all his mind. He saw the โ€œgiants in the landโ€ as mere shadows. There seems to be a constant battle for our minds.

    As the late Jewish poet Natan Alterman wrote:
    “Then Satan said: How do I overcome / this besieged one? / He has courage and talent / And implements of war and resourcefulness. / And he said: I shall not take away his strength / And I shall not curb him with bit and bridle … / And I shall not weaken his hands as in days of yore. / Only this shall I do: I will dull his mind / and cause him to forget / the justice of his cause / … And it was as if the heavens blanched in terror / As they saw him arise / To carry out his plot.”

  22. Elvira White says

    I love to hear the Torah taught! I also looked up cohen and noticed in Ex 19;6,22 and 24 it is used. Can you tell me who these people were since the priests weren’t formally set apart yet? Were they the house of Levi like Moses and Aaron? Thankyou for any replies.

  23. Zachary says

    I’m confused. It says that Caleb is from the tribe of Judah. But you are saying that he was not a physical descendant of Israel.

    Can someone make this clear?

  24. Edi Worthington Platt says

    I’m a little late on this Torah Pearl and I’ve tried playing it three times and it stops after about 5 minutes. If you have the completed recording, could you repost it, or send it to my email address?

    Thanks eversomuch! I’ve not missed one yet.

  25. Edi Worthington Platt says

    THANK YOU–You are so wonderful for making this Torah Pearl available by correcting the stop-short issue. Jono you are doing a wonderful service providing Torah Pearls. My husband is a retired minister and now he speaks to anyone wanting to listen about Hebrew roots and the name Yehovah. Your programs helps him help others. By the way, he was a minister in Australia for a number of years back n the 60s-70s.

  26. kinder ayson says

    I just wanted to thank you for the way you present the Torah Pearls. It is so refreshing to listen to a group of diverse bible scholars who are all friends and can say just about anything to each other. I almost feel like I’m sitting in a living room with all 3 of you having a casual chat all about God. Thank you for letting me into your world! And your teachings are not like any I have heard. My spirit has been longing for teaching that will help me actually UNDERSTAND WHAT I’M READING!!!! Much love to you and for all those naysayers who don’t like your “personal touch”, I’ll leave them with a common catch phrase we have down here in Texas. “Bless their hearts.” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Incidentally, I came in late and started from the beginning so I am trying to catch up. I work at 4 in the morning and listen to you every day on my iphone on the way to and from work. See, you never know who’s life you’re touching. Keep going!

  27. Mark Blue says

    CHRIS!!!: There is a Hebrew Bible with English beside it at Barnes and Noble’s. The type of book is called Interlinear Bible. I have one, it is invaluable, though the English is always up for debate. Got mine on Ebay for $8, the new ones at Barnes and Noble I saw Sunday, cost $40. Big book…

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