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Joshua – Chapter 6
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Joshua sealed the city of Jericho so that nobody could enter or leave. The army circled the city once a day for six days, following which seven Kohanim would blow shofar. On the seventh day, the army circled the city seven times. When the Kohanim blew shofar, the city walls collapsed. The city was routed […]
Joshua – Chapter 5
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When the kings of the Canaanite nations heard about the miracle that G-d performed for the Jews at the Jordan, they weren’t too happy. In fact, they were petrified! Meanwhile, Yehoshua set about circumcising all of the Jewish males. (They hadn’t performed the mitzvah of bris milah – circumcision – during the forty years in […]
Joshua – Chapter 4
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At this juncture, Yehoshua erects a memorial to commemorate the miracle that Hashem performed for the Jewish people at the Jordan River. He ordered twelve men, one from each Tribe, to each carry a stone from the river to the place where they were camped. This was actually the fulfillment of a commandment given in […]
Joshua – Chapter 3
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The nation camped by the Jordan River in anticipation of crossing into the Holy Land. The people were instructed to follow the Aron (Ark), which would be carried by the Kohanim. They were to keep a distance of 2,000 cubits, about half a mile, to show proper respect but also so that everyone should be […]
Joshua – Chapter 2
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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 […]
Joshua – Chapter 1
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This chapter continues the narrative immediately after the conclusion of the Torah in parshas V’zos HaBracha. Accordingly, it is read as the Haftarah on Simchas Torah. Yehoshua (Joshua) is named the successor of Moshe (Moses) by Hashem. He is commanded to lead the Jewish people across the Jordan River to the Land which G-d has […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 36
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Yehoachaz, son of Josiah, was installed in his father’s place. He reigned for three months when the Pharaoh deposed him and brought him to Egypt. He replaced Yehoachaz with his brother Elyakim (whom the Pharaoh renamed Yehoyakim). Yehoyakim reigned 11 years, but he displeased G-d. When Nebuchadnezzar came, he threw Yehoyakim in chains and brought […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 35
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Passover in Jerusalem under Josiah was a festive occasion. The king urged the kohanim to do their service with enthusiasm. He also told them to take the Ark from the Holy of Holies and to conceal it in a hidden vault, to protect it from the foretold siege (see Talmud Yoma 52b). They were told […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 34
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Josiah was only 8 years old when he became king. In the eighth year of his reign (when he was only 16), he began to seek G-d. By the time he was 20, he was purging the land of idolatry. He broke the images of the idols and even burned the bones of the idolatrous […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 33
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Menashe was only 12 years old when he became king. As kings go, he was among the worst. He restored all the sources of idolatry that his father had worked so hard to eliminate. He worshipped asheira trees and heavenly bodies, and he even put idols in the Temple! He passed his children through fire […]