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  • Haftarah Parashat Noah

    Haftarah Parashat Noah October 13, 2018 | 4 Heshvan 5779 Isaiah 54:1-55:5 The story of the flood must have seemed a bit odd to the Israelites and Jews of ancient times. Living in a water-starved country where the possibility of rain only exists for a few months a year, the very thought of a flood […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Bereshit

    Haftarah Parashat Bereshit Shabbat Mevarekhim Hahodesh October 6, 2018 | 27 Tishrei 5779 Haftarah | Isaiah 42:5-43:10  As many know, the first two chapters of Sefer Bereshit present two different cosmologies – descriptions of the creation of the world. Less well known is the cosmological statement made in this week’s accompanying haftarah. Though all three differ […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Ha’azinu

    Haftarah Parashat Ha’azinu September 22, 2018 | 13 Tishrei 5779 Haftarah | 2 Samuel 22:1-51 This week’s haftarah, known as the Song of David, is an ode to a lifetime of battle and of David’s ultimate triumphs. It is also a paean of thanksgiving to God for God’s help in overcoming his enemies and his […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Vayelekh, Shabbat Shuvah

    Haftarah Parashat Vayelekh Shabbat Shuvah September 15, 2018 | 6 Tishrei 5779 Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27 The sages of the rabbinic period often sought out meaning in texts by paying attention to the positioning of paragraphs in a chapter. On the face of it, for moderns, this seems unusual since paragraphs and chapters […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Nitsavim

    Haftarah Parashat Nitsavim September 8, 2018 | 28 Elul 5778 Isaiah 61:10-63:9 This week’s haftarah, the last of the Shiva d’Nehamta – the seven haftarot of consolation recited between Tisha b’Av and Rosh Hashanah, opens with an expression of joy: “I surely rejoice (sos asis) in the Lord, my whole being exults in My God.” […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Ki Tavo

    Haftarah Parashat Ki Tavo Selihot – Motzei Shabbat September 1, 2018 | 21 Elul 5778 Isaiah 60:1-22 Isaiah’s prophecy of light and darkness is an eschatological prophecy, namely, it speaks of the end of time. In those days to come, Israel and Jerusalem will be enveloped in light while all else will be dark: “Behold! Darkness […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Ki Tetse

    Haftarah Parashat Ki Tetse August 25, 2018 | 14 Elul 5778 Isaiah 54:1-10 + 54:11-55:5 Isaiah offers the world to partake of a divine feast for free, no charge: “Ho, all who are thirsty, come for water, even if you have no money; come, buy food and eat: buy food without money, wine and food without […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Shofetim

    Haftarah Parashat Shofetim August 18, 2018 | 7 Elul 5778 Isaiah 51:12-52:12 It is difficult for “privileged” people to comprehend what it might be like to be conquered and turned over to others as worthless property. Yet this was the experience of countless generations of Jews whose fate was determined by conquerors or others who held […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Re’eh

    Haftarah Parashat Re’eh Shabbat Rosh Hodesh August 11, 2018 | 30 Av 5778 Isaiah 66:1-24, 23 This Shabbat is the third of seven Shabbatot of consolation which follow Tisha b’Av (Shiva d’Nehamta). Normally, the haftarot for these Shabbatot are set and represent the earliest known fixed haftarot in the tradition. (See Pesikta d’Rav Kahana) This […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Ekev

    Haftarah Parashat Ekev Shabbat Mevarekhim Hahodesh August 4, 2018 | 23 Av 5778 Isaiah 49:14-51:3 This week’s haftarah is the second of seven special haftarot which follow Tisha b’Av. They are known as the Shiva d’Nehamta – the Seven [haftarot] of consolation, and their intention, as the name implies, is to bring solace to a […] Continue Reading »