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This week’s parasha, Toldot, or “Generations”, Genesis 25:19–28:9,[i] begins with the birth of Jacob, Bnei Yisrael’s immediate patriarch. As with life in Israel, even to this day, nothing is ever easy. 845 more words


Toldot, Machar Chodesh Kislev, I Samuel 20:18-42

Less than two months in, and we’ve already hit Shabbat Rosh Chodesh and Shabbat Machar Chodesh! This special haftarah is read when Rosh Chodesh falls on Sunday (or Sunday & Monday). 1,281 more words


When Jesus was Read in the Synagogue

Pastor John MacArthur, in a recent sermon at Grace Church in Simi Valley, told the congregation that Ezekiel 16 is not read in synagogues. Why? According to the Mishna (Megillah 4:10), Rabbi Eleazar ordered that the chapter be excluded from the haftarah because it shamefully exposes the abominations of Jerusalem. 584 more words


Chayei Sarah, I Kings 1:1-31

First off, happy early birthday to my amazing sister Miriam Rosen!

This week is another narrative haftarah. I’ve noticed that the way I process narrative haftarot is very different from how I read the poetic/prophetic haftarot. 1,715 more words


Vayera, II Kings 4:1-37

I got a new book this week! It is called “נתיבי נבואה: מבט אל ההפטרות” and it was written by Rav Mosheh Lichtenstein shlit”a. I’ll discuss some of his ideas on this week’s haftarah below. 1,434 more words


This week’s parasha, Lech Lecha, Genesis 12.1 – 17.27,[i] is a rich narrative that begins with the calling out of Avram (Abraham) and his family, and ends with the sealing of a covenant with Abraham and his family via the rite of circumcision. 1,036 more words


Lech Lecha, Isaiah 40:27 - 41:16


Where are we in the book of Yishayah? The book begins with several threads of prophecies concerning Yehudah and the other nations in the first 35 chapters. 1,358 more words