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Machar Chodesh
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I Samuel 20:18-42 Here’s what happens before the haftarah begins: David ran to Jonathan. “Uh, Jonathan? Your father is still trying to kill me.” “No, he’s not – he promised me he’d stop!” “I promise you, he’s still after me! He just didn’t tell you because he knows we’re friends!” “Okay, David, what do you […]
Shabbos HaGadol
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Malachi 3:4-24 In the future, the sacrifices of the nation will be as pleasing to G-d as they were in the “good old days.” (This is the closing sentiment of the Amidah prayer.) G-d will make quick work of sorcerers, adulterers, people who swear falsely, those who don’t pay their workers promptly, and those who […]
Parshas HaChodesh
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Ezekiel 45:16-25 The Jews are told to bring tithes of a certain quantities of wheat, barley and oil, and sheep for offerings. The people will bring this offering on behalf of themselves and the ruler. The obligation of the sacrifices on Sabbath and holidays falls on the ruler. (Rashi says that this refers to the […]
Parshas Parah
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Ezekiel 36:16-38 G-d spoke again to Ezekiel and said that the Jews had defiled the land with their sins, like a woman is ritually impure at the time of menstruation. (Remember, the relationship between G-d and Israel is described as a marriage and marital relations are not permitted when a woman has her monthly period.) […]
Parshas Zachor
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I Samuel 15:1-34 Now that the nation had settled the land and appointed a king, G-d sent word through Shmuel that it was time to fulfill the obligation of eradicating the nation of Amalek, who attacked Israel after they left Egypt. G-d commanded to destroy the entire nation of Amalek, including the livestock. Shaul sent […]
Haftarah for Haazinu
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As you may be aware, King David composed Tehillim, the Book of Psalms. Throughout all the trials that he endured in his life, whether being pursued by Saul, his family being abducted, a baby dying, one child raping another then being murdered by a third, being driven from his throne, etc., etc., etc., he always […]
Haftarah for Vayeilech
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G-d implores the people to return to Him because these troubles have come upon them due to their sins. He’s not asking them for gold or jewels; all He wants is sincere words of repentance. The people should ask Him to show them the proper way and the words of their lips will serve as […]
Haftarah for Nitzavim
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Jerusalem and the nation will rejoice that G-d has wrapped them with garments of salvation and righteousness, adorned like the happy couple on their wedding day. G-d will cause righteousness and praise of Israel to sprout like the flora of a garden. Chapter 62 G-d says that for the sake of Israel and Jerusalem, He […]
Haftarah for Ki Savo
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Isaiah tells Jerusalem to arise, for their light has come. Darkness will cover the Earth, but they alone will have light. The other nations will follow their light to G-d. Isaiah says to look around and see the crowds who have gathered – either referring to the people of other nation from the previous verse […]
Haftarah for Ki Seitzei
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Isaiah compares Jerusalem to a barren woman, but he tells her to rejoice because the barren one has more children than the fertile one (referring to other nations that were not overrun). Jerusalem is told to make room for all her children, who are coming. They will spread out east and west, taking back other […]