Haftarot

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Lekh Lekha – Learn Torah

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“I will make you into a threshing-sledge, new, with sharp, pointed teeth, to thresh the mountains and crush them to dust, to reduce the hills to chaff.”

When do you know when biblical text is literal or metaphoric?  We look at how to understand biblical metaphors and idioms with this week’s haftarah in Isaiah 40 and 41.

haftarah noach, isaiah 54

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Noach – Learn Torah

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“For me this is like Noach’s flood.  Just as I swore that no flood like Noach’s would ever again cover the earth, so now I swear that never again will I be angry with you or rebuke you.

We learn about Samaritans and the origins of the haftarah readings as a supplement to this week’s haftarah from Yeshayahu 54.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Bereshit – Learn Torah

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“The blind I will lead on a road they don’t know, on roads they don’t know I will lead them; I will turn darkness to light before them, and straighten their twisted paths.  These are things I will do without fail.”

Some history of ancient temple liturgy precedes our presentation of Haftarah Bereshit in which Isaiah describes the powerful promise to save and restore YHWH’s exiled covenant people.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vezot Haberachah – Learn Torah

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“Only be strong and very bold in taking care to follow all the Torah which Moshe my servant ordered you to follow; do not turn from it either to the right or to the left; then you will succeed wherever you go.”

Our haftarah presents the transition of leadership from Moshe to Joshua.  This lesson is supplemented with history on the Torah reading cycle traditions.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Ha’azinu – Learn Torah

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“He makes me swift and sure-footed as a deer and enables me to stand on my high places.”  2 Samuel 22:34  Biblical poetry about God’s protection and deliverance is the common thread between this week’s torah portion and haftarah Ha’azinu.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Vayelekh – Learn Torah

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“Return, Isra’el, to YHWH your God, for your guilt has made you stumble.”  This week’s haftarah teaching from Hoshea holds a beautiful picture of repentance and God’s great love for Israel.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Nitzavim – Learn Torah

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“…for he has clothed me in salvation, dressed me with a robe of triumph, like a bridegroom wearing a festive turban, like a bride adorned with her jewels.”  Isaiah 61:10

BarMitzvahs, cantillation, Yemenite brides and Edomites all take part in this week’s presentation of Haftarah Nitzavim.

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Ki Tavo – Learn Torah

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“Arise, shine, for your light has come, the glory of YHWH has risen over you.”  All of Isaiah chapter 60 is the 6th of our 7 prophecies of comfort.  We also address what can be learned from Ancient Near East references in the Bible and how to derive the meaning of Hebrew words. 

Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Ki Tetze – Learn Torah

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“I was angry for a moment and hid my face from you; but with everlasting grace I will have compassion on you,” says YHWH your Redeemer.”  The words of comfort continue in Isaiah 54, and we address the origin of the haftarah readings as well as who are the Samaritans.

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Hebrew In Israel | Haftarah Shoftim – Learn Torah

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Is it ok to question God?  Does asking questions of God mean you doubt Him? We look at these questions and hear the powerful promises of hope in this week’s Haftarah, Shoftim.

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