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Haftarah for Masei
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Jeremiah tells Israel to listen to G-d. Why did their ancestors distance themselves from Him and pursue idols? They didn’t ask where G-d was, even though He brought them out of Egypt, through the desert and into a good land. Instead, they contaminated the land with idolatry. The Kohanim (priests), who served in the Temple, […]
Haftarah for Matos
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These are the words of rebuke from Jeremiah (Yirmiyahu) who was a Kohein (priest) and who was descended from Joshua and Rachav (see Talmud Megilla 14b). G-d appeared to Jeremiah in the days of King Yoshiyahu (Josiah) of Judah and he prophesied through the reign of King Tzidkiyahu, until the Jews were exiled in the […]
Haftarah for Pinchas
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Ahab headed for home and Elijah accompanied him, out of respect for the king. Chapter 19 Ahab told Jezebel about what Elijah did on Mt. Carmel and she was not impressed. Just the opposite, she swore to kill Elijah for what he had done, so Elijah got out of town. (One cannot rely on a […]
Haftarah for Balak
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G-d will allow Israel to fall into the hands of their enemies before the Messiah reveals himself and the kingdom of Judah will be reunited with the “lost” Tribes. The Messiah will return them from exile and be their king. At that time, there will be permanent peace. If Assyria (or, presumably, some other hostile […]
Haftarah for Chukas
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Yiftach (Jephthah in English) was a great warrior, but he had a different mother than his siblings. (She was possibly a prostitute, a concubine, or simply a woman from another Tribe – the commentators offer a variety of opinions.) His brothers expelled him so that he would not inherit with them. But when Israel went […]
Haftarah for Korach
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The Jews were so inspired by Shaul’s leadership that they retired to Gilgal, where they crowned Shaul again, this time unanimously. They offered sacrifices to Hashem and rejoiced there. Chapter 12 Now that Shaul had been crowned king, Shmuel was ready to withdraw from his role as Judge. (He would still serve as prophet, but […]
Haftarah for Shlach
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You may recall the Yehoshua was one of the twelve meraglim (spies), who were sent by Moshe to investigate the Land and its inhabitants in parshas Shlach (Numbers 13). Yehoshua and Kalev ben Yefuneh (Caleb) were the only two who delivered a positive report and were the only members of their generation to enter the […]
Haftarah for Beha’aloscha
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The end of this chapter refers to the Messianic era when Israel will rejoice and G-d will dwell among them. Many nations will join Israel in the worship of the One G-d, Who will dwell in their midst. G-d will again choose Israel and Jerusalem and the rest of the nations will be silent when […]
Haftarah for Naso
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A man named Manoach, from the Tribe of Dan, had no children. An angel appeared to Manoach’s wife and told her that she would have a child who would begin to save the nation from Philistine oppression; he would be a nazir (nazirite) from birth, so he should never eat grapes or drink wine and […]
Haftarah for Bemidbar
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G-d told Hoshea that the Jews would be as numerous as the sands of the sea and instead of “not My nation,” they will be called “the children of the living G-d.” In the Messianic era, both the dispersed of Judah and the “lost” ten tribes will be gathered together in Israel under one ruler […]