Nehemia Gordon & Keith Johnson – Pearls from the Torah Portion – Vayakhel – Exodus 35:1-38:20

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18 Comments

  1. Angela Wood says

    I do not agree with the lady that said you need to get back to the Torah and quit the joking. I enjoy the way you guys explain everything. Make it fun and easy to understand. Thanks guys for all you do!

  2. Chris & Sandra says

    Nehemiah 8 verse 10. Probably completely out of context but you get my drift.

  3. Sandy says

    I appreciate our brother and sister’s comments. But I also appreciate the relaxed format. I always receive insight from YHVH through your Torah Talks. And it’s good to get a laugh! Blessings to all.

  4. Gracie May says

    This is what I was commenting about in the last Torah Pearls:

    http://www.fabrics-store.com/blog/2009/05/20/linen-the-preferred-fabric-for-clothing-of-healing-healthy-living-and-well-being/
    (I’m trying to locate the actual studies this knowledge is based on.)

    Linen and wool both have frequencies of 5,000 MHz each. Their high frequencies are very healing. However, when worn together, they cancel each other out, and their healing properties are gone. Since humans have frequencies of 62-90 MHz, wearing the zero frequency of mixed wool and linen is actually harmful.
    I LOVE discovering the science behind the very commands of YHVH! It gets me all excited and helps strengthen my faith in Him!

    Regarding leading worship, I totally understand you Jono. I used to lead worship at my church a few years back and we also had one of those “formulas”. You ALWAYS had to open with an upbeat song to get everyone excited, then you transitioned into softer worship music, and somewhere in the set you needed to have a hymn. You could do it traditionally or more contemporary, but you had to do a hymn. I was in an odd position, especially because of my age (17-19), and I was my team’s leader, picking out songs, etc. I wasn’t good at upbeat songs and I was not familiar with many hymns, so I didn’t really abide by the “formula”, which was brought up time and time again. Anyway, all the politics involved made me so upset and “burned out” and I eventually quit so I could remember what exactly worship is all about. So often if the congregation wasn’t “responding” to the music, someone in church leadership would grab the mike and start praying or proclaiming in an attempt to get people excited. It bothered me so much. I didn’t want to be a performer. I didn’t want to manipulate people. I simply wanted to worship God in song and invite others to join me if they so desired.
    It is sad how I have abandoned playing worship (in my own home!) for the past few years because of my distasteful experience in church. Like many people coming out of the “constantinian religion”, I have tried to re-understand and correctly define so many aspects of faith in God and worship. I’m just now coming back to playing and singing for my God, and it feels so good to be free from the constraints of men. I am thinking of recording an album specifically of worship music (along side of another “regular” album). I recently wrote a song inspired by the “proclaim the name campaign”. It’s longer than the 2 min prescribed by the campaign. Oh well. Haha.

  5. Gracie May says

    PS- at the end, I thought Nehemia took another bathroom break 😉
    HAHAHAHA I laughed so hard at that a few weeks ago.

  6. Daniel Lazar says

    The last part about having a single wife was totally inspired…it’s always been the most disturbing issue for my wife, my inlaws, and myself. To be honest I didn’t know how to defend the one wife position from a Torah perspective….That was my Torah Pill for the day…I’ll hand one to everyone I encounter with the same question.

    Some additional info on the subject would be great…and I’m sure could help save some nutz from cracking.

  7. Daniel Lazar says

    Uuuuhh…..no pun intended?

  8. Kimberly says

    You know what occurred to me was that the “onion of God” 🙂 was “Filled With the Spirit” but he didn’t speak in tongues. He was filled with the knowledge and skill he needed to accomplish the task that YHVH had given him. That tells me that if one is truly filled with the spirit and Does speak in tongues, that their job is to spread the Word to a foreign people, seeing how they are now fully equipped to do the task YHVH has given them. Just a thought…

    Thanks again Brothers! Shalom.

  9. Sylvia Kinzie says

    I like funny!

  10. Ester says

    This program as with all the Torah Pearls, are fun-filled, so unlike the bashing that folks bring to the table during midrashing. This is the way to go! Laughter is good medicine! On top of that the Torah diamonds brought up are fabulous! For example, this program on plural wives, is such a gem! Appreciate that so much, Nehemia! Toda raba! It was a bonus, as more and more Torah folks presume it is right to have many wives, disregarding the troubles/problems that come with that.
    Probably, no offense meant, because folks are using the Aramaic (Babel Hebrew) than the original Paleo pure Hebrew. LOL.
    Keep up the laughter, Trio, we love it.

  11. Karien Vosloo says

    Thank you so much for these Torah Pearls. And thank you very much, Keith, Nehemiah and Jono for sharing your gifts with us (teaching and facilitating), for walking in the way which YHVH has prepared for you, and for all the time and effort you put in, to bring us this. We appreciate it. May he bless you all abundantly for giving us this.
    It is a new learning curve for me, these Torah portions which you break open, as well as a revelation of common sense and intelligence which is just perfect. (sometimes after hearing a Torah pearl, I feel to say “Wow, I knew that!”)))))))
    I always knew king David knew where it’s at, and that he had as close a relationship with YHVH as any person could have on earth, so I knew that when he said………
    ” (Psalm 19:7-11) The law of YHVH is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of YHVH are trustworthy, making wise the simple, The precepts of YHVH are right, giving joy to the heart.
    The commands of YHVH are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
    The fear of YHVH is pure, enduring for ever.
    The ordinances of YHVH are sure and altogether righteous.
    They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;
    they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
    By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”
    —that David was on to something great, and there’s so much more for me to discover, and oh joy! it’s happening!
    Thank you all once again.

  12. Sarah says

    I would have liked to have heard a little bit more on the issue of polygamy.
    King David and other kings had many wives and the issue was not bareness. The Torah teaches that kings are not to have too many wives – v’lo yarbeh lo nashim –
    And previous to that statement – v’lo yarbeh lo susim –
    So to my thinking it is obvious that (and I’m not trying to compare women to horses here) a king isn’t limited to one horse (what if he had a chariot that requires two to four horses) and so he also isn’t limited to one wife.

    By the way, I’m not interested in practicing polygamy. And never will be. But how do the kings relate to Nehemiah’s brief discussion on polygamy? By the way – loved it! And I would really like to know the thoughts on kings.

  13. Nene says

    I gleen so very much each week from the three of you, Please keep doing what you are doing! Thank You!

  14. Mark Call says

    I agree, to approach His Torah, and life in general, with joy and good humor is a plus. Keep that up!

    Having said that, it was more than a bit surprising to hear Nehemiah depart so far from what is Written and into the “traditions of men” this week.

    YHVH does not provide mitzvot, or chuqqim, or “guidelines” for committing acts which He does not permit! Clearly, Torah has literally dozens of examples and sanctions supporting “marriage as Written”. And when it is YHVH Himself Who not only gives David multiple wives, “would have given” him more, and declares Himself husband of both Jerusalem and Samaria (Oholoah and Oholibah, etc,) — then it is the “traditions of men” (and even the rabbis! 😉 which is in error – not His Word.

    Marriage is NOT easy, and some rabbis (like Shaul, famously) even advise against it; “I would spare you…” Even the “First Marriage,” widely presumed as ‘monogamous,’ was not without obvious problems. After all, that was the union by which “sin entered the world”.

    (To blame “polygamy” for “problems” seen in marriages in Scripture is, seen objectively, more than a bit “meshuggenah”. Which family produced the first murderer, and what does that ‘prove’ ? How about that incident with Moshe and Zipporah? Ahab and Jezabel? Silly.)

    Hardly a single Covenant (including His!) described in Scripture was said to be without issues. We LEARN from such examples. The problem is NOT that men (and women) have had difficulty keeping more than a single such covenant — it is that the history of mankind shows a reluctance to honor ANY.

    And now we’re seeing societies worldwide move to “license” and even compel approval of “marriages” YHVH calls outright “abomination” (toevah) while prohibiting that which He permits, or even mandates in some obvious cases — calling evil, ‘good’, which ignoring His Torah.

    What is “meshuggenah” is to blame the blessing which He gave to us, according to the Written instruction He also gave to us — rather than our own rebellion.

    Blessings,
    Mark

  15. Diana says

    Shalom! I want to express my sincere appreciation for your teaching, I enjoy the jokes as well. people should no that Torah should be fun not abstruct, people with such comments are religious, we need to get out of this and embrace Torah with fun. I am so impresed with the unity that is illustrated by the contrasting background of the three of you and the love of our Father Yehova that has brought us together! keep up the good work, such people are always there to try and discourage us. I am using your teaching when teaching in our Shabbath meeting. Well done!!!!!!

  16. Lyndsey says

    Jono, Just curious, when I first started listening over a year ago, you had mostly Hebrew Roots speakers on your show, not any now. Do you still believe Yeshua is Messiah and that he is the son of Elohim? I’m not condemning you having guests that do not believe in Yeshua, just asking if your understanding about Yeshua has changed. I especially enjoy your shows on a healthy, biblical lifestyle with Deb, Stephen, and Paul. Shalom.

  17. Suzy says

    I am so blessed by the way you three come together, from different back grounds, to explore the Word of God. Please don’t change. You have the ability to make the Word come alive and meaningful’. Thank you so much. Suzy

  18. Aaron Kavli says

    On the subject of polygamy, I’m not looking for another wife. But it is a subject I’ve been looking into just as part of studying my many previous Christian teachings. I am curious how Nehemiah would address Exodus 21,10? That seems to be at least one mitzvot where a man is obligated to have conjugal relations with two women. Is there something in the Hebrew that changes this understanding?

    YHVH bless,
    Aaron Kavli

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