Category Archives: Haftarah

Thoughts on Re’eh

This Shabbat is a very special Shabbat on the Jewish calendar. It is Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Elul. Elul is the last month of the liturgical year and serves as a preparation time before we enter the month of Tishrei and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Shabbat Nachamu

Last week (Saturday evening through Sunday evening) was Tisha b’Av, one of the saddest times on the Jewish calendar. This is the day that traditionally both Temples were destroyed, and historically numerous other atrocities have befallen the Jews throughout the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Pinchas

Have you ever looked back on some of your prayers and then immediately went into ecstatic praise because Hashem chose not to answer them? Do you remember Moshe’s prayer during one of the numerous episodes of Bnei Yisrael’s grumbling over … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Vayeira

Torah reading for this Shabbat is Vayeira, Genesis 18:1 – 22:24.[i] The haftarah is found in Second Kings 4:1-37 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is John 2:1–12. This week’s Thoughts could well be retitled, A Tale of Three … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Lech Lecha

The Torah portion for this week is Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17:27.[i] The haftarah is from Isaiah 40:27-41:16, and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is from John 1:35-51. I find the beginning of this week’s haftarah very interesting. If we … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Noach

This week’s portion is Parasha Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32. The Haftarah is Isaiah 54:1-55:5 and the reading from the Apostolic Writings is from John 1:19-34. The study below was prepared for the UMJC Weekly online study. Is the God of the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ha’azinu

(The following was prepared by my wife, Rabbi Vered Hillel, for submission to the UMJC weekly Torah/Haftarah portion.) The haftarah for Parashat Ha’azinu is David’s great hymn of thanksgiving, praising Hashem for providing protection and deliverance from all the dangers … Continue reading

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