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Haftarah for Acharei Mos
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G-d says that the Jews are no different from anyone else. He uses the example of the descendants of Cush; we are all descended from the sons of Noah. Sure, G-d took the Jews from Egypt, but He also took the Philistines from Kaftor and the nation of Aram from Kir. We are all G-d’s […]
Haftarah for Metzora
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There were four lepers outside the city gates. (Traditionally these were Gechazi and his sons – see Talmud Sotah 47a.) They said, “Why sit here until we starve to death? Let’s go to the camp of Aram – they’ll either save us or kill us quickly.” They entered the camp at twilight and found it […]
Haftarah for Tazria
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A man came with bread for the prophets, but it wasn’t nearly enough. (The simple reading is that there were 20 loaves to feed 100 people, which is actually pretty good. The Talmud in Kesubos, 106a, clarifies that there was one loaf for every hundred people – that’s very different!) Elisha told them not to […]
Haftarah for Shemini
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David gathered 30,000 prominent people from all the Tribes to retrieve the Ark from the house of Avinadav, where it resided since being returned by the Philistines back in I Samuel chapter 7. They put it on a new wagon, which was led by Avinadav’s sons, Uzzah and Achyo. David and the rest of the […]
Haftarah for Tzav
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G-d says He won’t accept sacrifices of the nation so they might as well just enjoy the meat! People weren’t commanded to give sacrifices, they were commanded to obey G-d. The former without the latter is meaningless. Since the people refused to listen to G-d, they were moving backwards, not forwards. Ever since they left […]
Haftarah for Vayikra
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Israel did not call upon G-d. Instead, they turned to idols. They didn’t sacrifice to G-d, but to false gods. G-d made it easy to serve Him – a handful of meal, a pinch of frankincense – but they still ignored Him. Instead, they tired Him with their sins. But G-d will erase those sins […]
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 […]