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 women violated; and a part of the city shall go into exile. But the rest of the population shall not be uprooted from the city. 3 Then the Lord will come forth and make war on those nations as He is wont to make war on a day of battle. 4 On that day, He will set His feet on the Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall split across from east to west, and one part of the Mount shall shift to the north and the other to the south, a huge gorge. 5 And the Valley in the Hills shall be stopped up, for the Valley of the Hills shall reach only to Azal; it shall be stopped up as it was stopped up as a result of the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. — And the Lord my God, with all the holy beings, will come to you. 6 In that day, there shall be neither sunlight nor cold moonlight, 7 but there shall be a continuous day — only the Lord knows when — of neither day nor night, and there shall be light at eventide… :


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4 Responses to Haftarah for Sukkot (Zechariah 14:1-21 )

  1. The haftarah of the second day of Sukkos details the dedication of the Beis Ha-Mikdash (the Temple) by Shlomo Ha-Melech. The haftarah narrates the final preparations for sanctifying the Beis Ha-Mikdash, explaining that the Aron Ha-Kodesh (Holy Ark) was brought by the Kohanim into the Kodesh Ha-Kodoshim (Holy of Holies), after which Hashem’s cloud filled the chamber, indicting that the Shechinah (Divine Presence) now dwelled therein. Thereafter, Shlomo explained the original conception and history of the planning of the Beis Ha-Mikdash.Why do we read this haftarah on Sukkos? It is true that the Beis Ha-Mikdash was dedicated as part of a 14-day assembly which ran through Sukkos; so, too, the Beis Ha-Mikdash is referred to as “Sukkas Dovid” – the Sukkah, or Tabernacle, of David. Still, these connections between Sukkos and the haftarah about the dedication of the Beis Ha-Mikdash are rather coincidental. Is there any deeper relationship between Sukkos and the haftarah?:


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