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Haftarah for Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot (Ezekiel 38:18-39:16)

The subject of the haftorah of this Shabbat is the war of Gog and Magog that will precede the Final Redemption. Its connection to the holiday of Sukkot is that according to tradition the war will take place during the … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Sukkot (Zechariah 14:1-21 )

Lo, a day of the Lord is coming when your spoil shall be divided in your very midst! 2 For I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem for war: The city shall be captured, the houses plundered, and the … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Ha’azinu-Tehillim(Psalms) Chapter 18

Since we worship a God Who is One in the sense of being absolutely unified (as Rambam stresses), our goal is to forge a unity as close to that as we can from the disparate components of our lives. …In … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Parshat Ha’azinu (II Samuel 22:1-51 and Joel 2:15-27,Yechezkel 17:22-18:32)

This week’s haftorah describes the song King David composed in his old age, echoing the weekly Torah reading, where Moses delivers his parting words to the Jewish nation in song form. David’s song expresses gratitude to G‑d for saving him … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Yom Kippur (morning reading)-Isaiah 57:14-58:14 (afternoon reading)-Book of Jonah; Micha 7:18-20.

The prophecy begins with the words “Pave, pave, clear the way; remove the obstacles from the way of My people.” A reference to the Yetzer Hara (“evil inclination”) which must be removed to pave the way for sincere repentance. G‑d … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Parshat Vayelech (Shabbat Shuvah)-Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20.Isaiah 55:6-56:8

The Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuva or “Shabbat of Return (Repentance).” The name is a reference to the opening words of the week’s haftorah, “Shuva Israel — Return O Israel.” This haftorah is … Continue reading

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HAFTARAH for ROSH HaSHANAH for THE SECOND DAY (Jeremiah 31:1–19)

The haftorah for the second day of Rosh Hashanah talks about G‑d’s everlasting love for His people, and the future ingathering of their exiles. In the last verse of this hauntingly beautiful haftorah, G‑d says, “Is Ephraim [i.e., the Children … Continue reading

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HAFTARAH for ROSH HaSHANAH for THE FIRST DAY (I Samuel 1:1–2:10)

The haftorah for the first day of Rosh Hashanah describes the birth of the prophet Samuel to Elkanah and his wife Chanah, who had been childless for many years. This echoes the story discussed in the day’s Torah reading, about … Continue reading

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WHY JUDAISM?

This week’s parsha raises a question that goes to the heart of Judaism, but which was not asked for many centuries until raised by a great Spanish scholar of the fifteenth century, Rabbi Isaac Arama. Moses is almost at the … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Parshat Nitzavim (Isaiah 61:10-63:9)

This week’s haftorah is the seventh and final installment of a series of seven “Haftarot of Consolation.” These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b’Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah. The prophet begins on a high note, describing … Continue reading

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