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Haftarah for Bechukosai
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Jeremiah speaks to G-d and says that nations will come from the ends of the Earth, saying that they inherited lies from their ancestors; they will realize that a person cannot make a “god!” Therefore, they will know G-d’s power and that He alone is G-d. Chapter 17 The nation’s sin is deeply ingrained, as […]
Haftarah for Behar
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Here is the message G-d gave Jeremiah in prison: Jeremiah’s cousin Chanamel is coming to see him. He’s going to ask Jeremiah to use his right of redemption to purchase a field of his in Anasos. Sure enough, Chanamel showed up and asked Jeremiah as his close relative to purchase the field he was selling. […]
Haftarah for Emor
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The Kohanim, descendants of Tzadok, who remained true while the rest of the nation was straying, will serve in all priestly functions and matters of holiness. The priests are to wear linen vestments when they serve in the inner court; they are not permitted to wear wool. They must gird themselves in a place that […]
Haftarah for Kedoshim
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G-d spoke to Ezekiel and said that he should judge Jerusalem, which He called a city that spills blood. Ezekiel was to tell them in the Name of G-d that they have made themselves guilty through bloodshed and defiled themselves with their idols; because of their crimes, their time is almost up. G-d will make […]
Haftarah for Acharei Mos
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G-d says that the Jews are no different from anyone else. He uses the example of the descendants of Cush; we are all descended from the sons of Noah. Sure, G-d took the Jews from Egypt, but He also took the Philistines from Kaftor and the nation of Aram from Kir. We are all G-d’s […]
Haftarah for Metzora
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There were four lepers outside the city gates. (Traditionally these were Gechazi and his sons – see Talmud Sotah 47a.) They said, “Why sit here until we starve to death? Let’s go to the camp of Aram – they’ll either save us or kill us quickly.” They entered the camp at twilight and found it […]
Haftarah for Tazria
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A man came with bread for the prophets, but it wasn’t nearly enough. (The simple reading is that there were 20 loaves to feed 100 people, which is actually pretty good. The Talmud in Kesubos, 106a, clarifies that there was one loaf for every hundred people – that’s very different!) Elisha told them not to […]
Haftarah for Shemini
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David gathered 30,000 prominent people from all the Tribes to retrieve the Ark from the house of Avinadav, where it resided since being returned by the Philistines back in I Samuel chapter 7. They put it on a new wagon, which was led by Avinadav’s sons, Uzzah and Achyo. David and the rest of the […]
Haftarah for Tzav
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G-d says He won’t accept sacrifices of the nation so they might as well just enjoy the meat! People weren’t commanded to give sacrifices, they were commanded to obey G-d. The former without the latter is meaningless. Since the people refused to listen to G-d, they were moving backwards, not forwards. Ever since they left […]
Haftarah for Vayikra
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Israel did not call upon G-d. Instead, they turned to idols. They didn’t sacrifice to G-d, but to false gods. G-d made it easy to serve Him – a handful of meal, a pinch of frankincense – but they still ignored Him. Instead, they tired Him with their sins. But G-d will erase those sins […]