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Haftarah for Chayei Sarah
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I Kings 1:1-31 King David had grown old and was showing his age. They covered him with blankets, but he still didn’t warm up, so they fetched a young maiden to serve the king and also to keep him warm with body heat. They found a beautiful girl named Avishag the Shunamit. She took good […]
Haftarah for Vayeira
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II Kings 4:1-37 A prophet’s widow came to Elisha crying that she couldn’t pay her debts and that the creditor was going to take her children as servants to work it off. Elisha asked her what she had in the house; all she had was oil. “No problem,” he said. “Go to all your neighbors […]
Haftarah for Lech L’cha
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Isaiah 40:27-41:16 Don’t think that G-d is unaware or that He ignores the reward of the righteous. G-d is everlasting and untiring – there’s simply no way we limited beings can understand His ways. He gives strength to the weary. Those who put their faith in G-d will have renewed vigor, as eagles’ wings. They […]
Haftarah for Noach
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Isaiah 54:1-55:5 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 […]
Haftarah for Bereishis
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Isaiah 42:5-43:10 This is the word of G-d, Who created Heaven and Earth and Who gave life to humanity. He called Isaiah and will strengthen him in his mission; G-d made him a light to the nations. (In this case, Rashi says the “nations” means the Tribes of Israel.) People have become spiritually “blind,” like […]
Shabbos Rosh Chodesh
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Isaiah 66:1-24 G-d says, “Heaven is My throne and Earth is my footstool. What building is sufficient to hold My presence? I made Heaven and Earth as I wished, but I still look upon the downtrodden people who do My will. Those who offer sacrifices without repenting are actually making things worse for themselves; they […]
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.) […]