Monthly Archives: March 2016

Haftarah for Shemini – Shabbat Parah

Once again, this Shabbat is a special Shabbat, Shabbat Parah (שבת פרה) the Sabbath [of the red] heifer which takes place on the Shabbat before Shabbat HaChodesh, (April 9th/1st of Nisan) in preparation for Passover (the eve of April 22nd/14th … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Tzav

In last week’s Haftarah the LORD proclaimed, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay heed than the fat of rams,” (I Samuel 15:22).[i] It is noteworthy that this week’s Haftarah, Jeremiah 7:21–8:3; 9:22–23, alludes to the same same … Continue reading

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Shabbat Zachor

The Parasha for this week is Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1 to 5:26.[i] This is also the second special Shabbat,  Shabbat Zachor, the Sabbath before Purim, which includes a special maftir reading, Deuteronomy 25:17-19, and a special Haftarah, I Samuel 15:2-34. The … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Pekudei

This week’s Parasha is Pekudei, from Exodus 38:21 to 40:38.[i] Along with the accounting of the terumah used for the construction of the Mishkan and the priestly garments, this week’s reading marks the one-year anniversary of the Israel leaving Egypt … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Vayakhel

This week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel, Exodus 35:1 – 38:20, begins with a reminder of the necessity to observe the Sabbath then it transitions into the collection of the terumah, the free-will offering for the building of the Mishkan. It is … Continue reading

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