Monthly Archives: December 2015

Haftarah Shemot

Following the Ashkenazi tradition, this week’s Haftarah reading is Isaiah 27:6 – 28:13 and 29:22-23. The reading from Isaiah is encircled with the prophetic understanding that Jacob/Israel will, as in times past, be restored to a place of life and … Continue reading

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Haftarah Vayechi

Parashat Vayechi, (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26), brings the Genesis narrative to an end, and passes the baton if you will. Jacob, elderly but still in control of his faculties, pronounced a patriarchal blessing on his sons. Earlier in the narrative, … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Vayigash

This week’s Parasha, Vayigash, (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27) begins with what appears to be a hopeless situation that turns into a miraculous reunification and restoration. In his introduction to this week’s Haftarah (Ezekiel 37:15-28), Michael Fishbane connects the themes of … Continue reading

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Fences and Traditions

In a recent Interfaithfulness blog[i], R. Stuart cited a book entitled American Sanctuary: Understanding Sacred Spaces. Quoting from the chapter entitled, The Urban Practice of Jewish Space by Jennifer Cousineau dealing with eruvim, “Jewish law prohibits Jews from transferring objects … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Shabbat during Chanukah

This week’s Torah portion, Miketz, Genesis 41:1 – 44:17, continues Joseph’s saga in Egypt, including his release from prison and elevation to authority in Pharaoh’s court. This is followed by his first two encounters with his brothers ending with the … Continue reading

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Haftarah Vayeshev

This is not an easy Torah portion[i] or Haftarah portion as there is little joy in either. The Torah portion begins with “Ya’acov dwelt in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan.” Working for Uncle Laban, … Continue reading

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