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SHOFARIM- Roee Yossef Suffrin

English:  Joel
Hebrew:  יוֹאל
Transliterated:  Yo'el
Other names:   

 

whoWho

Wrote the book:  Joel
Are the key people:  Joel, the people of Judah
Is it written to:  The people of Judah

 

whatWhat

The day of locusts (Joel 1:1-2:27)
The day of the Lord (Joel 2:28-3:21)

 

whenWhen

Was it written:  c 869-809 BCE
Did the events occur:  c 869-809 BCE and future
Was it canonized:  c 499-100 BCE
(see the Timeline of the Tanakh)

 

whereWhere

Was it written:  Jerusalem
Did the events occur:  in and around Jerusalem and in Judea

 

whyWhy

Joel was written to inform us that: 
G-d punishes sin.
G-d grants forgiveness.
G-d promises to pour out His Holy Spirit.

 

whyIntroduction

Joel is a book of prophecy and apocalyptic vision written to the southern kingdom of Judah. The prophet compares a recent locust plague to the coming "day of the Lord". Joel corrected the commonly held view that G-d would only judge the nations on that day and made it known that G-d would also punish Israelites who were unfaithful. He delivers G-d's unceasing call to repentance and tells of a day when G-d would "pour out His Spirit upon all flesh".

 

 

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וישׁלח (Vayishlach)

 

 

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Yom Rishon, 10 Kislev, 5779

Sunday, November 18, 2018

 

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