Thursday, August 8, 2019

Summer Bible/Tanach 5779 at Herzog College

Yesterday I spent the day immersed in Bible, Tanach at Michlelet Herzog, Herzog College in Alon Shvut. They offer a weeklong "festival" of study and touring. It's not cheap, but it's worth it for me. My summer vacation treats are membership in our local pool and spending one day at Herzog. I prefer that to a hotel or other "vacation."

This year enough* people signed up for the Shomron-Binyamin bus, which made traveling very easy.
I signed up for lectures according to the lecturers. Three are favorites from Matan, Dr. Yael Ziegler, Yael Leibowitz and Atara Snowbell, who no longer teaches there. They are my all time favorites, and if you ever have the opportunity to hear them, take advantage.

Herzog College Yemei Iyun, Bible Study Days offer classes and tours in Hebrew, English and French.

The organization, as usual, was excellent. This time my classes were only in two locations, two lectures, lunch and then the following three in a large "tent." Besides the bus, I signed up for lunch, which was also excellent. There was fish, plus a vegetarian alternative, lots of vegetables, salad, fruit and bread for those who wanted. There were hot/cold drinks in various locations, plus fruit, cookies and pastry throughout the day.

I must admit that the various lectures are all mixed up in my head. They covered similar overlapping topics and even quoted some of the same Bible verses.

To very superficially summarize, the lectures were about the era between the two Holy Temples, Ezra, Nechemia and Jeremiah.

Each of the five lecturers/speakers have different styles, and I really enjoyed the fact that they went over similar subject matter in their individual ways. The era is so similar to today:

  • aliyah
  • intermarriage
  • assimilation
  • "Who's a Jew?"
  • To build or not to build a new Holy Temple?
  • True or False Prophets? Who's really speaking in the name of Gd?

An added bonus was seeing lots of friends, many I've known since I was a teen. I also got to meet people I've been in touch with via facebook and other social media.

The growing popularity of the Tanach, Bible is further proof that we're preparing ourselves for the Third Temple and the Moshiach. They are connected, and I believe that we have to change, be ready, prepare ourselves and the world. It's not the job for the Moshiach to change us.  Gd willing we will work harder to make ourselves better, do Teshuva, repent and utilize the gifts Gd has been giving us, like the Land of Israel.

במהרה בימינו
bimhaira biyameinu
speedily in our days...

*last year it was cancelled for the day I needed due to insufficient registration


Mr. Cohen said...

Rashi on Shemot, chapter 31, verse 18:

...A Torah scholar needs to be expert in
24 books [of the Bible, which has 24 books].


Kav HaYashar, chapter 60, mentions that learning
all three parts of Tanach is an obligation.


Saudi journalist Fahad al-Shammari
declared [in a television interview] that:

“the Palestinians are beggars,” and “have no honor”.

SOURCE: PA and Jordanian
incitement against Saudi Arabia

by Yoni Ben Menachem of JCPA, 2019/7/28


Mr. Patrick Condell described the Palestinians as:

“the World's most tiresome cry-babies
with a bogus cause and a plight
that is entirely self-inflicted”.

The Great Palestinian Lie
by Mr. Patrick Condell, 2011 October 6

Batya said...

Why don't they teach tanach in yeshivot?

Mr. Cohen said...

Batya, your question about the yeshivot
is very valid, and I agree with you
100% that they should teach Tanach.

But the answer to your question is
long and complicated, so I will suggest
that you ask a dozen Orthodox Rabbis
why yeshivot do not teach Tanach.


Miss Brigitte Gabriel
[an Arab Christian] said:

“The Arab World has done NOTHING
to help the Palestinian refugees THEY
created, when they attacked Israel in 1948. “

SOURCE: Why Arab Countries
Blame Israel for All Their Problems

Batya said...

Mr. Cohen, women's education is much more relevant and innovative than what the Jewish World gives men. The yeshivot aren't relevant to real life, real Jewish Life. Torah-Talmud learning isn't supposed to be the mainstay. But I wouldn't ask the rabbis, because they are part of the system, and they certainly wouldn't give an answer that would make them lose their jobs.

It says in the Torah "Six days you work, and on the seventh, you rest" from working. Nu?