Haftorah Bechaalatecha: We Want Moshiach!

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              Before we even start on this one, anybody else do a double-take at the name of this week’s parsha/haftorah? Bechawhaa? I looked it up and discovered it means, “when you step up,” and is the first distinctive word in the parsha portion. Turns out that all the names […]

Haftorah Naso: Son. . .You Don’t Need A Haircut!

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                    This week’s haftorah chronicles the birth of Samson to the childless Manoah and his wife of Tribe Dan. A visiting angel informs the mother-to-be that her son is to be a lifetime Nazirite, and as such, forbade her from taking part in food or wine […]

Haftorah Behar-Bechukotai: Wanton Apathy

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Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 Following the theme of this week’s double parsha, the haftorah concerns blessings and curses. For the idolater, Jeremiah warns, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man” and relies on mortal flesh for his strength. Jeremiah asks us, “can a man make gods for himself?” For those who put their trust and faith […]

Haftarah Emor: Priest Rules

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  In this week’s haftorah, some of the many (and I do mean many) specifications of the rights and responsibilities of the kohanim are iterated in painstaking detail from how they shall dress in the Temple, to whom they may marry (sorry, no divorcees), to personal care rituals like when and how much they must […]

Haftarah Acharei-Kedoshim: Hanging Out With Heathens

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In Acharei, hangin’ out with the heathen hoards runs the people afoul in this week’s haftorah, a similar theme to the parsha as a whole, during which the people are warned against bringing animal offerings anywhere but in the Temple, the consumption of blood, and enumerates a number of forbidden interpersonal relations. Amos delivers the […]