Category Archives: Haftarah

This week’s haftorah, Isaiah 54:1-10 is the fifth of a series of seven “Haftarot of Consolation.” The first of the seven was read on the Shabbat following Tisha b’Av and the seventh will be read on the Shabbat preceding Rosh Hashanah. In the prophet’s sight, Jerusalem is no longer viewed as forsaken … Continue reading

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Parashat Behar, Leviticus 25:1-26:2, deals with the requirements for the seven-year Sabbatical cycle as well as the year of Jubilee, which is the fiftieth year after the competition of seven Sabbatical cycles. Among the various requirements of the year of … Continue reading

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There are three deaths spoken of in this week’s parasha, Shemini, Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47. The first two are Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, who had just been anointed with their father for service in the Mishkan.  Now Aaron’s sons Nadab … Continue reading

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This is the 2nd Shabbat of Consolation between Tisha b’Av and Rosh Hashanah. On Tisha b’Av we read the plaintive cry, “Why (Hashem) do You always forget us and forsake us for so long?” (Lamentations 5.20). In this week’s haftarah, … Continue reading

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How many of us doubt our ability to be of service to God and others? Sometimes such doubts are because of our age, like Jeremiah who tried to reason with HaShem, Then I said, “Alas, ADONAI Elohim! Look, I don’t … Continue reading

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This week we begin a new section of the Torah, Vayikra/Leviticus; the reading is Leviticus 1:1 through 5:26. The portion deals with various offerings and how they are to be brought before the LORD. While much could be said concerning … Continue reading

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One of the most poignant mitzvot in Torah is the command to remember. Aside from the number of times that Hashem says that He will remember, there are numerous times when Israel was told to remember, e.g. Exodus 13:3 “Remember this … Continue reading

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