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Haftarah for Pekudei
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Solomon also brought the gold, silver and other objects that his father David had put aside for the Temple. Chapter 8 Solomon gathered the various leaders of the country in Jerusalem, bringing the Ark from the Tent where David had kept it. The entire nation joined them; this was before the holiday of Succos and […]
Haftarah for Vayakhel
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Hiram made a wide variety of implements for the Temple, including pans and bowls and shovels, all of copper. Solomon had all the utensils put away unweighed because they were so numerous. The rest of the furniture of the Temple included the altar, the shulchan (table), ten menorahs that flanked the original Menorah that Moses […]
Haftarah for Ki Sisa
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This chapter tells of one of the most significant events in Jewish history: the “showdown” between G-d and the Baal on Mt. Carmel. (It wasn’t much of a showdown since one of the parties – the Baal – never actually showed up. But that’s because he doesn’t exist.) Let’s start at the beginning: The drought […]
Haftarah for Tetzaveh
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G-d told Ezekiel to describe the third Temple to the Jews; they would be ashamed of their sins when they see that G-d does not reject them, despite their deeds. When they feel this way, Ezekiel will let them know the grandeur that lies ahead. He was to write down all the measurements so that […]
Haftarah for Terumah
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Hiram, king of Tyre (modern day Lebanon), had been a friend to David and he sent servants with greetings and an offer of assistance. Solomon replied that, while David was not permitted to build the Temple, he was about to do so and could use Hiram’s help. According to the arrangement made between the two […]
Haftarah for Mishpatim
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Jeremiah received a message from G-d after Tzidkiyahu made a deal with the people of Jerusalem to free their Jewish servants. The people had agreed and freed their servants, but later they reneged and pressed their former servants back into service. G-d’s message was that He made a covenant with the people when He brought […]
Haftarah for Yisro
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This chapter contains Isaiah’s very first prophecy. It says that it occurred in the year that King Uziyahu died, but it is generally accepted that it means the year he was struck with tzaraas (leprosy). In his vision, Isaiah saw the throne of G-d. (This is an anthropomorphism; of course, G-d has no literal body […]
Haftarah for Beshalach
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The prophetess Devorah summoned Barak to lead her army. (Barak may be another name for Lapidos, and may have been Devorah’s husband.) Barak considered himself unworthy and said he would only do so if Devorah agreed to go, as well. She did, but she cautioned Barak that now a woman would be credited with the […]
Haftarah for Bo
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G-d spoke to Jeremiah about Babylonia’s impending invasion of Egypt. He was to proclaim publicly that they should prepare themselves for the sword. Why are their warriors being swept away? None of them can stand before G-d. Those who originally fled to Egypt for safety would try to return to their homelands (but presumably not […]
Haftarah for Vaeira
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After G-d has dealt with Amon, Moav, and all the other nations as described in the last few chapters, these nations will no longer be around to antagonize Israel. When G-d returns the Jews to the land of Israel, they will dwell securely. G-d will punish those who have oppressed Israel and everyone will see […]