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Haftarah for Vaeira
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After G-d has dealt with Amon, Moav, and all the other nations as described in the last few chapters, these nations will no longer be around to antagonize Israel. When G-d returns the Jews to the land of Israel, they will dwell securely. G-d will punish those who have oppressed Israel and everyone will see […]
Haftarah for Shemos
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The Jews went to Egypt in the time of Jacob and they flourished into a nation there. G-d repaid Pharaoh for the evil they inflicted on the Jews. When Egypt sent the Jews out, G-d repaid them measure for measure. As it was then, it will be now – Israel will be redeemed from their […]
Haftarah for Vayechi
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David was nearing death, so he called Solomon to his side. He charged him with always following G-d and Torah so that he would be worthy of G-d’s promise to be with their descendants. David then told Solomon to punish Yoav. Yoav killed Avshalom counter to David’s orders, plus Avner and Amasa, who had defected […]
Haftarah for Vayigash
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G-d had Ezekiel write on two boards, one for Judah and one for Ephraim (representing the heads of the two Jewish kingdoms of Judah and Israel, respectively). Ezekiel was to hold the two planks together and they would become one. When the people would ask about the meaning of this act, Ezekiel was to explain […]
Haftarah for Mikeitz
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When Solomon awoke, he thought his “conversation” with G-d was just a dream, rather than a true prophecy. According to the Midrash, he found that he could understand the language of the animals and birds. Solomon returned to Jerusalem and made a feast. Soon it was time to put his prowess to the test. Two […]
Haftarah for Vayeishev
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We said in the previous chapter that G-d will forgive the nations three sins, but not four. Israel, the northern kingdom of the Ten Tribes, also has an irredeemable fourth sin: their courts were not just. They accepted bribes to condemn the innocent. They spend their time conspiring to cheat the poor out of their […]
Haftarah for Vayishlach
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Ovadya (Obadiah) first appeared in I Kings 18. When Izevel (Queen Jezebel) was killing prophets, Obadiah hid 100 of them in caves at personal risk, for which he was rewarded with the gift of prophecy himself. Obadiah was also a convert from the nation of Edom, who were descendants of Jacob’s brother Esau. The Talmud […]
Haftarah for Vayeitzei
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The invading Assyrian army is coming to destroy them and the people still can’t decide whether or not they should return to G-d. It pains G-d (metaphorically speaking) to do this to Israel, which is why they will not be completely destroyed like Sodom and Gemorrah, rather a remnant will remain from them. Because He […]
Haftarah for Toldos
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This is the “burden” (i.e., the difficult prophecy) that G-d gave to Israel through the prophet Malachi. (Some say Malachi was in fact Ezra. The name Malachi means “my messenger.” Malachi and Ezra lived at the same time and addressed many of the same issues.) G-d says that He loves Israel. If they should question […]
Haftarah for V’zos HaBracha
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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 […]