Nehemia Gordon & Keith Johnson – Pearls from the Torah Portion – Ki Tavo – Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8


What does it mean in Deuteronomy 26:5 where it says “my father was a Syrian”? What is the 2nd Tithe? What are the secret ingredients of Keith’s breakfast green drink? Where is God’s “holy habitation”? What is the one thing God will do with all His heart and with all His soul? Is the glorious and awesome name that we should fear “THE LORD YOUR GOD”? Who, in Deuteronomy 28:68, was taken in ships?

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58 Comments

  1. Jennifer says

    Please continue with the prophets! This program has been such a blessing and it always leaves me with something to search out and ponder. Thank you!

  2. Jeremy says

    Aloha Jono, Keith and Nehemia!

    First of all, you guys rock because Yehovah is AWESOME! Thank you for taking the time to share the things which our Father has been teaching you through His Torah. I’ve been enjoying the insight and understanding that you all present and I’ve got to say, this is by far the most well-rounded program that I’ve heard when it comes to the study of Yehovah’s Word!

    Ki Tavo has been an eye opener, for me, and I appreciate what you’re doing there at Truth2U!

    Keep on keepin’ on and I look forward to the day that you all have a program about the Haftarah! Yehovah bless you and keep you, my Brothers! Aloha and Shalom!

  3. Adrian says

    Prophets Pearls!!!!!!!!!!! Praise Yah !!

  4. Geoffrey Arnold says

    please please please continue with the haftora

  5. mary murphy says

    yes we want to hear the Prophets, the teachings are sooooo awesome…. thank you Bless you all, Praise Yah!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Dan says

    On Deuteronomy 26:5, I discovered a commentary of several possible interpretations from what I think is a Rabbinical source
    (http://bible.ort.org/books/torahd5.asp?action=displaypage&book=5&chapter=26&verse=5&portion=50),

    I think Nehemia’s explanation of the verse makes sense, I just wanted to point out that (and please correct me if I am wrong) even within the jewish tradition there is more than one possible interpretation of this verse, below is what I found:

    homeless Aramaean
    (Rashbam; Sforno; cf. Chizzkuni on 11:17). Or, ‘a poor Aramaean’ (Ibn Ezra, Chizzkuni; Bachya), or, ‘a persecuted Aramaean’ (Radak, Sherashim). Jacob is referred to as an Aramaean because this was the homeland of his ancestors. Or, ‘my ancestor was exiled to Aramaea’ (Targum Yonathan; Ralbag), or, ‘my ancestor abandoned Aramaea’ (Septuagint). Or, ‘An Aramaean [tried to] destroy my ancestor [Jacob],’ where the Aramaean is Laban (cf. Genesis 31:22,29; Targum; Sifri; Saadia; Rashi).

  7. Margaret Hatcher says

    Please do a teaching on the prophets

  8. George says

    I enjoyed listening to you guys.
    Just a slight different nuance to the topic discussed and why I don’t bother to shake my family tree to see if a Jew is dropping out.

    I don’t believe that “Israel” means the literal(exclusive) offsprings of Yaakov, but rather all the people who have the seed of YHVH in their heart.
    If it was not, then scripture wouldn’t refer to Abraham’s seed.
    Paul used the allegory of the cultivated and wild olive tree. Branches were cut off (for not producing His fruit) and wild olive branches grafted into that cultivated olive tree (obviously for having His seed in their heart and producing His fruit).

    Following just a few verses that seem to establish that the seed is the Word of YHVH (His Torah) and not Abraham’s sons in the flesh. Which by the way is stated in Genesis5:3 “and Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and brought forth a son in his own likeness, after his image, and called his name Sheth.”
    Adam’s OWN likeness, his OWN image and not in YHVH’s likeness. That is the sin and curse we are under. We multiply after the law of like-kind begets like-kind. The only way out of this misery is to receive His seed by grace through faith.

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. All came to be through Him, and without Him not even one came to be that came to be.” (John1:1-3)

    “And I put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed. He shall crush your head, and you shall crush His heel.” (Genesis3:15)

    “And this is the parable: The seed is the Word of YHVH.” (Luke8:11)

    “having been born again – not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible – through the living Word of YHVH, which remains forever” (1Peter1:23)

    “And he believed in YHVH, and He reckoned it to him for righteousness.” (Genesis15:6)

    If Abraham’s literal seed would be that important, then Yishmael, Zimran, Yokshan, Medan, Midyan, Yishbak and Shuach would be as well. Essau would be too. But those didn’t listen to YHVH’s voice but rather did follow the only other seed (teaching), that from the serpent.
    Therefore, I came to the understanding that the children of Israel are all the offsprings of Yaakov, who believe in YHVH (otherwise they are cut off aka exiled) and all foreigners, who believe in YHVH (grafted in).
    One Torah, one Flock, one Shepard.
    Shalom Alecheim

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