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  • Haftarah Parshat Miketz

    Haftarah Parshat Miketz – Shabbat Hanukkah (Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7) December 31, 2016 / 2 Tevet 5777 This special haftarah for Hanukkah contains among its prophecies an idyllically universal vision of acceptance of God: “In that day many nations shall attach themselves to the Lord and become His people, and He will dwell in their […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parshat Vayeshev

    Haftarah Parshat Vayeshev (Amos 2:6-3:8) December 24, 2016 / 24 Kislev 5777 The second prophecy of this week’s haftarah confronts a Jewish theological issue which has perpetually proven provocative – the idea of “chosenness”. Amos has a very interesting take on this concept: “You alone have I singled out of all the families of the […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parshat Vayishlah

    Haftarah Parshat Vayishlah (The Book of Obadiah) December 17, 2016 / 17 Kislev 5777 The animosity between the nations of Israel and Edom is foreshadowed by Rebecca’s pregnancy, where the twins which she carried in her womb, Jacob (Israel) and Esau (Edom), were seemingly in perpetually at odds with each other. This image followed the […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parshat Vayetze

    Haftarah Parshat Vayetze (Hosea 12:13-14:10) December 10, 2016 / 10 Kislev 5777 The Torah had a profound awareness of the limits of human nature. In particular, the Torah warns against the tendency of human beings to turn prosperity into a curse. (See Deuteronomy 32:15 among other places mentioned below.) The prophet Hosea also criticizes this […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parshat Toldot

    Haftarah Parshat Toldot (Malachi 1:1-2:7) December 3, 2016 / 3 Kislev 5777 A major theme of Malachi’s prophecies is God’s dissatisfaction with Israel’s religious loyalty. God is distraught that His people dishonor Him and that their worship of Him is both insincere and, at times, fraudulent. He compares the people’s disloyalty unfavorably with that of […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Hayei Sarah

    Haftarah Hayei Sarah (1 Kings 1:1-31) November 26, 2016 / 25 Heshvan 5777 This week’s haftarah is not just a story about an elderly king and his journey towards old age. It is also a tale of palace intrigue where princes vie for his throne. And so, an elderly David is oblivious to the fact […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parshat Vayera

    Haftarah Parshat Vayera (2 Kings 4:1-37) November 19, 2016 / 18 Heshvan 5777 Biblical stories are often laconic, leaving the reader to imagine the details. The rabbinic sages lived in a very different environment when it came to storytelling. It seemed inconceivable to them for major characters to be left unidentified and for loose ends […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parshat Lech Lecha

    Haftarah Parshat Lech Lecha (Isaiah 40:27-41:16) November 12, 2016 / 11 Heshvan 5777 What makes someone a “redeemer”? One dictionary defines a “redeemer” as someone who “obtains the release or restoration of, as from captivity”. This week’s haftarah recounts just such a figure: “Who has aroused a victor (tzedek) from the East, summoned him to […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parshat Ki Tavo

    Haftarah Parshat Ki Tavo (Isaiah 60:1-22) September 24, 2016 / 21 Elul 5776 God’s “light” plays a monumental role in the prophet’s message of solace to his people found in this week’s haftarah: “Arise, shine for Your light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” This exuberant spirit is understood […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parshat Ki Tetze

    Haftarah Parshat Ki Tetze (Isaiah 54:1-55:5) September 17, 2016 / 14 Elul 5776 [Two weeks ago, on Shabbat Rosh Hodesh, we replaced the special haftarah for the Shiva d’Nehamta, the seven haftarot of consolation, with the special haftarah for Shabbat Rosh Hodesh. This Shabbat, we combine that haftarah with the haftarah for this Shabbat.] The […] Continue Reading »