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  • Haftarah Parashat Terumah

    Haftarah Parashat Terumah February 17, 2018 | 2 Adar 5778 1 Kings 5:26-6:13 King Solomon set about the practical work of building the Temple that his father, David, had dreamed of. The biblical storyteller gives us an elaborate description of the work detail Solomon sent to Lebanon to gather the lumber required for the building […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Mishpatim

    Haftarah Parashat Mishpatim Shabbat Shekalim Shabbat Mevarekhim Hahodesh February 10, 2018 |25 Shevat 5772 Kings 12:1-17 This Shabbat, Shabbat Shekalim, marks the first of four special Shabbatot which precede Pesah. Its purpose was to remind the people to pay the special ‘Machatzit Hashekel – half shekel’ tax incumbent on the people to pay for the […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parshat Yitro

    Haftarah Parshat Yitro February 3, 2018 |18 Shevat 5778 Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6 Not unlike other prophets, including Moses, Isaiah was reticent about being God’s messenger, beset as he was with feelings of inadequacy and sinfulness. After seeing a vision of angels singing God’s praises, he says about himself: “Woe is me, I am lost! For […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Bo

    Haftarah Parashat Bo January 20,  2018 | 4 Shevat 5778 Jeremiah 46:13-28 There is a clear distinction between pshat, the plain meaning of a text, and drash, the interpretive meaning, which can offer differ radically. The rabbinic sages famously used both methods of reading a text to cull “divine” meaning from the Tanakh – the […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Va’era

    Haftarah Parashat Va’era January 13,  2018 | 26 Tevet 5778 Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 Ezekiel was a prophet who lived in exile, during the period of the destruction of the First Temple. Not just a prophet, he was also a discerning critic of his nation’s geopolitical situation. In his day, there were two world powers to be […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Shemot

    Haftarah Parashat Shemot January 6 , 2018 | 19 Tevet 5778 Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 Difficult verses from the Tanakh are often the proving ground for some of the rabbinic sages’ most provocative and creative ideas. For instance, this week’s haftarah, which ostensibly deals with themes like the redemption and punishment of the people of Israel […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parshat Vayiggash

    Haftarah Parshat Vayiggash December 23, 2017 | 5 Tevet 5778  Ezekiel 37:15-28 Ezekiel was a prophet with utopian yearnings. He prophesied about the restoration of the Jewish people to its homeland, likening them to dry bones which would be revivified and reinvigorated. And in this week’s haftarah, he foresees the reconciliation of the two biblical […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parshat Mikkets

    Haftarah Parshat Mikkets Shabbat Hanukkah Haftarah | Zechariah 2:14-4:7 December 16, 2017 | 28 Kislev 5778 The special haftarah for Hanukkah was taken from the prophet Zechariah, who lived during the period of Shivat Zion (the return from Babylonian exile). His was a period when the homeland was being rebuilt and life was filled with insecurity. […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Vayeshev

    Haftarah Parashat Vayeshev Amos 2:6-3:8 December 9, 2017 / 21 Kislev 5778 The prophets were particularly sensitive about protecting God’s honor. This is why idolatry, in particular, perturbed them. But “religious” betrayal of God was not limited to what we normally call “idolatry”. When Amos identified the “idolatrous” sins of the southern kingdom of Judah, […] Continue Reading »

  • Haftarah Parashat Vayishlah

    Haftarah Parashat Vayishlah Obadiah 1:1-21 December 2, 2017 | 14 Kislev 5778 Jeremiah is most often thought of as the prophet of the destruction of the First Commonwealth and the First Temple, but he was not the only one. Obadiah also prophesied during that same period. Where Jeremiah prophesied at great length, with disappointment, anger […] Continue Reading »