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Zachary Beer and Rabbi Barry Kornblau

Haftarah Helper: Rosh Hashanah

Download PDF Rosh Hashanah is a day not only when we hear God’s call, but when God hears our call. As the Talmud states: Berakhot 29a ברכות כ״ט עמוד א On Rosh Hashanah, Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah were remembered [and the divine decree that they would conceive their sons was issued.] בְּרֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה נִפְקְדָה שָׂרָה […]

Haftarah Helper 5780: Tisha B’Av

Morning – Jeremiah 8:13-9:23 Despite King Josiah’s efforts to inspire repentance in Judah, the people, at best, have only repented outwardly- all are sinning. A despairing Jeremiah recounts the societal failings for which God will destroy Jerusalem.  Nobody will escape the oncoming calamity.   Haftarah Breakdown Due to the frequent back and forth between perspectives […]

Haftarah Helper: Fast Days

Download PDF Isaiah 55:6–56:8 Ashkenazim read this Haftarah at Mincha on all fast days except for Yom Kippur.  (Sepharadim generally recite no Haftarah on these days.) This is done to encourage the giving of charity, which the Talmud deems the most important aspect of fast days: Tosafot on Megillah 21a-  s.v. “One who Reads” תוספות […]