Haftarah for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh (Isaiah 66:1-24)

When Shabbat coincides with the beginning of a new Hebrew month (Rosh Chodesh) we read a special maftir about Rosh Chodesh sacrifices at the end of the Torah reading, and chant a special haftarah taken from the book of Isaiah.This haftarah touches on several themes, from the typical–God as creator of the world, God’s omnipresent majesty–to the more extraordinary, including an extended prophecy in which God is represented as a midwife helping Zion to give birth to her son. There are also themes of universal worship, in which all people of the world will recognize God’s glory, and Jews around the world will be brought to Jerusalem to become Levites and priests:


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  1. The prophet opens the haftorah with a fiery message regarding the privilege of sacrifice in the Bais Hamikdash. Yeshaya declares in the name of Hashem, “The heavens are My throne and the earth is My foot stool. What home can you build for Me and what is an appropriate site for My Divine Presence?”:


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