Nehemia Gordon & Keith Johnson – Pearls form the Torah Portion – Shemini – Leviticus 9:1-11:47

The blessing of fire falling from Heaven, the sin of strange fire offered by Aaron’s sons, and the judgement of fire from Yehovah!
Also, listen in as Nehemia Gordon eats a grasshopper! And, was Tevye right when he declared in Fiddler on the Roof that in the Good Book, “somewhere there is something about a chicken!” and what about the duck, goose and the swan?
Lastly, what does it mean when Peter quotes Leviticus 11:45, “Be Holy for I am Holy” in 1 Peter 1:15?
All this and more in this week’s Torah Pearls!

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  1. Sandra says

    Hi Nehemiah,

    Oh My Dayz!!! I can’t believe you eat the whole thing!!!!???? I carn’t just at one….you need a handful with some Cyan pepper lol Good for you mate….

    p.s i believe Rum is made from Sugar-cane – my parents are from Jamaica.

    blessings my brave bro.
    sandra d


  2. Rick Winkler says

    Gen 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them: ‘… Gen 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be for food for you; as the green herb have I given you all.
    Gen 9:4 Only flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

    Lev 11:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them:
    Lev 11:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: These are the living things which ye may eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. (JPS)

    The first food instruction after the flood was to all mankind and He gave all animals for food. We know there was a distinction between clean and unclean animals from earlier text, but there was no instruction here to only eat clean animals. In fact it says, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be for food for you.”

    The dietary laws in Leviticus 11 are specifically given to only the “b’nei Yisrael” according to the text itself.

    I also notice that the text says that certain animals are, “they are unclean unto you.” Notice ‘unto you’ (vs 8). Later it says. “they are a detestable thing unto you.” (vs 10) Notice that it says here. “unto you.” It does not say, “Unto Me.”

    These are things that I have been trying to understand for years since I decided to follow Torah which included its dietary laws. My wife and children do not care for such things and eat like all good Catholics. When my kids question me on what foods are acceptable I refer them to Gen. 9 and hope for best. I would appreciate insights from Nehemia and Keith.

  3. Matityahu says

    So does the worm then not cause tamut? In reference to the use of them for dye (Tolaat shani).

  4. catherine kipapa says

    it is always wonderful to learn more about our father, thank you all for your insight. i have a question. lev 9:24 concerning the expression (joyful song?) i found the lexicon for rinnah, but not for the word nehemia used. could i please get a spelling of this word. both lexicons i use; use the word #7442 ranah. i usually try to write in my bible important definitions. most of the time what is mentioned usually matches my lexicon, but this time it does not.
    blessing from michigan

  5. Rose Mary says

    You mention the hyrax “chews the cud” in a different manner. It has two types of poop, one of which it eats. The same is true of the hare and rabbit.
    (Taken from Wikipedia) Rabbits are hindgut digesters. This means that most of their digestion takes place in their large intestine and cecum. In rabbits the cecum is about 10 times bigger than the stomach and it along with the large intestine makes up roughly 40% of the rabbit’s digestive tract. The unique musculature of the cecum allows the intestinal tract of the rabbit to separate fibrous material from more digestible material; the fibrous material is passed as feces, while the more nutritious material is encased in a mucous lining as a cecotrope. Cecotropes, sometimes called “night feces”, are high in minerals, vitamins and proteins that are necessary to the rabbit’s health. Rabbits eat these to meet their nutritional requirements; the mucous coating allows the nutrients to pass through the acidic stomach for digestion in the intestines. This process allows rabbits to extract the necessary nutrients from their food

  6. vicki says

    Love you guys. This is more of a general comment/question to you and Jono . My confession is that I have not read any of the three books featured. I am not the median but the exception, perhaps. But I find most books, plus shipping, out of my range. A SUGGESTION< how about a one time only, get it while its hot, offer of the three as a download package for $29.85, ok .95. THEN, we can afford to buy the NEW, not yet released Nehemiah Gordon book in the near future. Huh? Huh? how about it?

  7. J R Israel says

    Right on Mates! About the eating of the clean and the unclean from First Peter…”Be you Holy”

  8. John R says

    On the comment about Job and the word for heart vs Chicken
    in the 1899 Douay-Rheims Bible it translate as

    Job 38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the heart of man? or who gave the cock understanding?

  9. John Holsti says

    My family raised wheat when I was a kid and I can tell you, grasshoppers are everywhere. They are thoroughly mixed in with the gleaned wheat. Modern wheat cleaning is probably much better, but in the 1970’s, grasshopper parts were everywhere. I suspect that is one reason YHWH made them clean (tahor) – Because try as you might, you will never get all of the pieces parts out of the grain. Gross but true. Shalom

  10. Eliyahu says

    You said that animals like ants, flyes etc. witch didnt mentioned in the list of Leviticus 11… is we touch corpses of them (flyes, ants etc) we wont be ritualy unclean… and that this applies only when we ate them…

    For a long time i thought about touching of flyes or ants in relation with ritual uncleannes and this is the verses that making me a problem:

    Lev 11:23 But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.
    Lev 11:24 And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even.
    Lev 11:25 And whosoever beareth ought of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.

    Doesnt the verses 23-25 states that all other animals like flyes or ants are abomination and if fe touch (beareth) those carcases we are unclean until even?

  11. David says

    It seemed to me it was implied what was written in I Peter 1:15 is at odds with his vision written of in Acts 10. I think both letters are in agreement concerning what is clean and unclean.

    In the vision recorded in Acts 10, Peter saw unclean animals and heard a voice say “Rise, Peter kill and eat”. Yet Peter argued against doing so saying “Not so, for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean”. Some stop here and and teach others it is now okay to eat unclean animals now under the guise of ‘christian liberty’.

    Yet Peter doubted and pondered what the vision meant obviously because eating any of these animals would be most certainly contrary to God’s Torah and as we all know there are no contradictions in the bible right? 🙂

    Anyways it isnt until Peter meets a man Cornelius, a man who feared God and was of good report among all the nation of the Jews. Only then did he finally understand what the vision meant, that he (Peter) was not to call any man (not animal) clean or unclean.

    Well it seems to me then that in regards to what animals are permissable to eat it does seem Peter is consistent in both Acts 10 and 1 Peter 1:15.

    Great show gents, thanks!

  12. Raphael says

    Shalom Rick

    I’ll try and make this short and simple:
    According to Scripture there are only two kinds of people: Ami (= My people) and Lo-Ami (not My people). So, either you join YHWH’s people and follow His Torah, or you follow your own man-made laws. The one gives you live and the other destruction.

    I hope you make the right choice and can convince your family to do the same.


  13. Ray Trevino says

    Blessings to all three. Love the broadcast, the insight into the torah, the biblical hebrew, the verbal exchanges, the prayers. I love it all! Finally a teaching that makes sense! I believe this is what YeHoVaH had in His Plan since the beginning. A people who He chose, to teach His torah.

  14. nicolette says

    question for those of us that do not eat any type of flesh or living thing that moves on the earth only the herbs of the fields and fruit that has its seed, etc are we sinning? is it a sin not to kill any type of animal for the purpose of eating it and when the sacrificial system is restored will we be sinning if we do not kill and eat the lamb or other animals like for the passover?

    many thanks

  15. Krisi says

    could this be what revelation 13:13 “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.” be speaking of…maybe that the sacrifices that are to be started in the 3rd temple again will not be Yehovah who is accepting them but the power of the beast (antichrist) “copying” the practices of Yehovah’s prior acceptance of the sacrifices..which in turn will decieve people? I don’t know if this is the case or not..I’ve never linked the 2 but as they were talking about the fire coming down from heaven and consuming the sacrifices this revelation verse is the first one that came to my mind.

  16. Chuck says

    If I ask you to do something for me, am I worshipping you? How is prayer any different?

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