Nehemia Gordon & Keith Johnson – Pearls from the Torah Portion – Vayikra – Leviticus 1:1-5:26

Is there really no atonement without the shedding of blood? Is there a sacrifice for presumptuous sin, and if not, how then can one be forgiven?

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  1. crystal says

    I would like to have a Nehemiah Gorden to carry around with me. How can I go about getting one. LOL

  2. Sandy says

    Oh my, I just hear Keith only TRYING to get a word in edgewise!! 🙂 hmmm…keep on trying Keith. I enjoy and am so blessed listening to Torah Pearls thanks guys.

  3. Warren B says

    I thought Leviticus would be boring. Not when Nehemiah explained what these sacrifices are about. Great questions from Keith too. Thanks so much to all for making this weekly study so interesting. Can’t wait for next week.

  4. Kimberly says

    So, it took my husband and me 3 or 4 hours to get through this 1 1/2 hour talk! We vote for opening with the prayer before reading the text – love that! Also loved the pointing out of Manasseh’s repentance! We hadn’t realized that he did – all we knew what that he was one of the worst kings. It gives hope to the worst of us; that we can always repent and come back.

    Also wanted to share a thought on the “sweet aroma”. Perhaps it pertains to the faith and joy of the person bringing the offering that is the sweet aroma, not the offering itself.

  5. Darren Chan says

    Incredible how Nehemiah comprehends and will tactfully support the writings of Christianity’s NT (Hebrews 9:21 “almost”) with much greater knowledge and understanding than many “Christian” leaders themselves.

    As an ex-Roman / Greco NT/OT reader I’m just flabbergasted of how blind I am to the true understanding of the OT / Tanakh Scriptures and the New Testament writings.

    Thanks for clearing things up guys!

  6. Darren Chan says

    Oops, I meant Hebrews 9:22 “almost” everything is purified with blood.

    Refreshing, after being pounded so many years through the church tradition that the shedding of blood is absolutely required for forgiveness of sin.

  7. YoAv ben Porey says

    Pray-tel, the spelling of Shokhan – as in the mentioned Bible translation and the publisher? Dittos on Crystal’s comment. Blessings to all and your families.

  8. Rose Mary says

    What was the Tanak that Keith recommended for Hebrew/English?

  9. YoAv ben Porey says

    Also, in western culture there are funeral homes/chapels, with the deceased in an open coffin. While the person did not die in this building, does this verse apply?

    NUM 19:14 This is the law when a man dies in a tent: everyone who comes into the tent and everyone who is in the tent shall be unclean for seven days.


  10. RClariana says

    Have you seen: The Salt Covenant by H. Clay Trumbull?

  11. Vic R says

    It maybe a good thing that Keith and Nehemia are so far apart when you do these portions, avoiding any physical harm.
    Question. Do our pets ; dogs ,cats ,etc make us unclean?

  12. Kevin George says

    Here is a website where you can get a Hebrew-English parallel Bible. Read it online, or download it onto your hard drive for free (but donations are appreciated).

  13. Tinah Brown says

    My husband and I have just recently moved from America to Germany for the next 2 to 3 years. We do not know anyone here to share Shabbat with so we have felt a bit alone. We are now listening to Torah Pearls every Saturday. We love it! We are enjoying all the information, insight, revelation and the joyfulness that you show forth during it. Your knowledge of Torah and the Hebrew language is wonderful. The mixture of the “traditions” you each were raised in only adds to the fullness. If I could make a necklace using all the pearls I have gleaned thus far I would have a wonderful work of art. Thanks for being there and for blessing our lives. You are helping us to not feel so isolated here in a far and distant land. Many thanks and Shalom Aleichem! Sven and Tinah Brown from Bergheim, Germany

  14. The Remnant says

    Jono,Thank you for providing these teachings. Nehemiah’s understanding of the sacrifices for sin is extremely helpful and sheds light on Psalm 19:

    “Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.”

    Sin works to have dominion over our lives and we cannot be presumptuous with it or try to bargain with it. There is an eerie description in the movie ‘Terminator’ that could very well be describing sin………………. “Listen, and understand! That Terminator is out there! It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”

    Even though the results of being under the dominion of sin are so destructive as with King Manasseh the great mercy of Yehovah reaches beyond the blood of bulls when we repent with a broken and contrite heart and take “the words of our lips” bearing the fruit of our repentance by making amends and restitution.

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  16. Tinah Brown says

    Kimberly, same here with me and my husband. We turn a 1 and 1/2 hour lesson into 3 hours, easily.

  17. RClariana says

    here is a great cover of Deut 7:9

  18. Ester says

    Thanks guys!
    What a fun, hilarious and super midrash, for bringing out much pearls particularly on the intents and purpose of sacrifices, that ‘atone’-make us acceptable to YHWH 1: 3,4 Jerusalem Bible (highly recommended for correct wording compared to translated versions :-)) )
    Keith and Nehemia, cleared much questionable issues taught by ‘churches’.
    HalleluYAH, for the animal sacrifices-azazel/scapegoats, upon which we could confess to transfer our guilt upon, to deliver us!
    We would be called to be scapegoats too, for the sake of someone, when we are falsely accused, or blamed for things we didn’t do, or had to do. Hope that makes sense?!
    Reading the Scriptures by oneself, is like having a starter without the main course of the meal, something is lacking, hearing from another perspective.
    Hebrews 10:26 says no sacrifice for wilfully sinning. KJV.
    Lev 8 says Moshe did all the works as YHWH commanded-“Moshe did”, “brought”, “took”, “burned”, “sprinkled”, “commanded”: until 9:6, where Moshe said to Aharon “Go to the altar…..” and started his duties as High Priest, verse 22 Jerusalem Bible (Tanakh).
    Catching up with the next program! Thank you for the shout, Jono!
    Shalom All!

  19. tamara mcintyre says

    I walk away from this Torah portion believing that repentance includes restitution. Am I corn-fused and reading into this? What abut the sins we committed prior to entering into covenant? I would prefer to leave my distant past in the past. At some point, Jono, can you guys maybe address a few of the listeners’ questions? I do walk away with a greater knowledge of how grievous our sins are in the sight of the LORD.
    Thanks for the shout out to Nebraska! 🙂

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