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V’zot Habracha – Haftarah
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(This haftarah is read on Simchat Torah.) Our haftarah, the very beginning of the second section of Scripture (the Prophets), tells of the beginning of Joshua’s career as leader of the Jewish people, with three incidents kicking off his time at the helm of the nation. First, God comes to remind Joshua of the tasks […]
V’zot Habracha – Sh’vi’i
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Every other parsha is broken into seven sections: Rishon, Sheini, Shlishi, Revi’i, Chamishi, Shishi and Shevi’I, respectively meaning “first, second, third…” etc. In shul, parshas V’zos HaBracha is read on the holiday of Simchas Torah and is divided into six sections, the last of which is called Chasan Torah. The first five aliyos are read […]
V’zot Habracha – Shishi
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Moshe continues: God supports the entire universe, but He still keeps His “hand” involved below. He will drive Israel’s enemies away with a command that they be destroyed; the Jews will then dwell securely in their fertile land. Happy are they, unique among nations, personally protected by God, Who fights on their behalf. Their enemies […]
V’zot Habracha – Chamishi
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Dan is like a young lion springing from Bashan. Naftali will be satisfied with good things in abundance from God. They will have the Sea of Galilee and the land south of it. Asher is blessed among the Tribes, accepted by all of them and prosperous. They dwell securely and only increase in strength. Finally, […]
V’zot Habracha – R’vi’i
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Zebulon was told to rejoice in their business dealings and Issachar in their studies. (Issachar was a Tribe of scholars, supported in large part by the sea-faring merchants of Zebulon.) Nations assemble at the mountain to offer thanks to God; they will be fed with the bounty of the sea. Blessed is God, Who helps […]
V’zot Habracha – Shlishi
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To the Tribes of Joseph (Ephraim and Menashe), Moshe said that their lands are blessed by God with sweet dew from Heaven and favorable influences from the sun and the moon. They have lush mountains courtesy of God, Who first appeared to Moshe from a thorn bush. Joseph is likened to a powerful ox with […]
V’zot Habracha – Sheini
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Moshe told the Tribe of Levi that the Urim and Tumim are under the stewardship of the Kohein Gadol, who is from their Tribe. They stood up for God by refusing to worship the golden calf. They are the spiritual leaders of the nation, responsible for teaching the people Torah. May God bless their work […]
V’zot Habracha – Rishon
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Before he died, Moshe blessed the Tribes. God appeared to the nation at Sinai, he said, and gave them the Torah of fire. He loves the Tribes and they are in His metaphorical hand, following in His ways and keeping His word. Moshe delivered the Torah to Israel; it is their heritage. God will be […]
Ha’azinu – Haftarah
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(Read when Ha’azinu is not Shabbat Shuvah.) This is also the haftarah for the 7th day of Pesah, so it allows us to see how one text can have different emphases. We will summarize rather than try to analyze all fifty verses in depth. One Long Shirah This haftarah is all one long section of […]
Ha’azinu – Sh’vi’i
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Moshe and his successor Yehoshua taught the people this song. Moshe then charged the people to pay attention to his words so that they could teach them to their children. The Torah is their very life and it alone will enable them to endure in their land. That day, God told Moshe to ascend Mount […]