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Haftarah for Simchat Torah—Joshua: Strong and Resolute

The standard cycle of Torah readings ends with Moses’ death in the last Torah portion in Deuteronomy/Devarim, Vezot Habrakhah. On the holy day of Simchat Torah, most Jewish congregations read this last portion in a Torah scroll, then roll the scroll all the way back and read the beginning of Genesis/ 1,288 more words

Thoughts on Ha'avinu

This week’s parasha is Ha’azinu, “you give ear to or listen” Deuteronomy 32.1-52.[i] The parasha contains Moshe’s parting song to Bnei Yisrael, which is prompted by the LORD Himself. 1,107 more words


Haftarah for Vayelech / Shabbat Shuvah

The Torah portion for this week, Vayelech, is found in Deuteronomy 31.1-30[i] and is the shortest portion in the yearly reading cycle. Three times in this week’s parasha, Moshe uses the phrase “Chazak! 991 more words


Haftarot for Rosh Hashanah & Shabbat Shuvah—1 Samuel & Hosea:  From Smoke to Words

Almost every week of the year has its own Torah portion (a reading from the first five books of the Bible) and its own haftarah (an accompanying reading from the books of the prophets). 1,379 more words

Haftarah for Nitzavim

This week’s parasha is Nitzavim, “You are standing,” Deuteronomy 29.9 – 30.20.[i] The passage begins with Adonai renewing the covenant with all of Israel before they enter into the Land of Promise. 827 more words


Changing perspective, in God's time

Sometimes, a miracle is just a change in perspective. In our darkest moments, we may struggle to stay optimistic, but then suddenly, we get a glimmer of hope; we feel that “this, too, shall pass,” or “better days are ahead.” Just the difference in mindset can transform even the most difficult life challenges into powerful spiritual lessons or, at least, more manageable experiences. 490 more words

Haftarah for Ki Tavo

This week’s Haftarah, the sixth of the “Haftarot of Consolation” is found in Isaiah 60.1-22,[i] which begins, “(You, Israel) Arise, shine, because your light has come!” But it is not Israel who is generating the light, but it is the light of the LORD Himself, “But… 996 more words