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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 […]
Parshat Chayei Sarah: Meeting Lavan
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“And the girl, to whom I shall say, “Tip your jug and I will drink,” and she will say, “Drink and I will also water your camels,” she is the one you have designated for your servant Yitzchak. And through her I will know that you have done kindness with my master.” (Bereshit 24:13) Our […]
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 […]