The Haftara Handbook: Lessons from the Prophets for the Contemporary Jew

Overview

In today's world, a fast-paced era of culture, enlightenment, and technology, there would seem to be little purpose in reading the Haftara. Are ancient archaic word written thousands of years ago relevant to our day and age?

In an age of democracy where leaders are followers, true guidance is hard to come by. Opinions abound, but what is the absolute path of truth?

The answers are in the words of the prophets. Their divinely inspired teachings ...

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Overview

In today's world, a fast-paced era of culture, enlightenment, and technology, there would seem to be little purpose in reading the Haftara. Are ancient archaic word written thousands of years ago relevant to our day and age?

In an age of democracy where leaders are followers, true guidance is hard to come by. Opinions abound, but what is the absolute path of truth?

The answers are in the words of the prophets. Their divinely inspired teachings exhort us to adhere to the Torah. They guide us and inform us of what is right … and what is wrong. Chazal tell us that while over 1,200,000 prophets existed, only those prophecies that were needed for future generations were recorded. These words speak to us, it our time, and are applicable to every Jew within his or her unique circumstances.

The Haftara Handbook gives us a weekly insight into the holy words of the prophets Compiled from classical and contemporary sources, each essay contains a summary o that day's Haftara, followed by the connections to the Parsha or the Yom Tov, and then explores profound messages pertinent to our lives.

Open it up, and let the prophets speak to you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936068050
  • Publisher: Urim Publications
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Pages: 381
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction 1

Sefer Bereishis

Open Your Eyes Bereishis 7

Know a Good Deal when You See One Noach 12

Born for Toil Lech Lecka 16

The Miracle of the Oil Vayeira 21

The Underminer Chayei Sarah 27

Offering an Insult Toldos 32

The Light and the Darkness Within Vayeitzei 36

The End of Edom Vayishlach 41

Silencing the Prophet? Vayeshev 46

"Fetch Me a Sword!" Mikeitz 51

Who is Mashiach ben Yosef? Vayigash 56

The Death of Dovid Vayechi 61

Sefer Shemos

Problems with Reception Shemos 67

The Creature of the Nile Va'era 72

Tell It to Pharaoh … Bo 76

Absent Without Leave Bcshallach 80

An "Achaz" Yeshiva? Yisro 85

Why Was the World Created? Mishpatim 90

Bringing Down the Shechina Teruma 95

A Look at the Plans Tetzaveh 100

Straddling the Fence Ki Sisa 103

The Power of Seeing Vayakhel 108

Rejoicing in the Right Spirit Pekudei 111

Lightening the Load Vayikra 117

In This, Take Pride Tzav 121

The Highest Form of Simcha Shemini 124

The Humbling of Naaman Tazria 129

The Tragedy of the King's Officer Metzora 133

The Success of Separation Acharei Mos 137

"Dirty Jew" Kedoshim 143

The Bnei Tzadok Paved the Way Emor 147

A Move into Real Estate Behar 152

The Great Redistributor Bechukosai 156

Sefer Bamidbar

Like the Sand Bamidbar 163

The Nazir from Birth Naso 168

The Satan and His Ways Beha'alosecha 173

The Successful Spies Shelach Lecha 178

Summer Rain Korach 183

The Fateful Vow Chukas 187

"Love" of Kindness Balak 191

A Short-Lived Event Pinchas 195

Yisrael: Kodesh to Hashem Mattos 200

Learning for Learning's Sake Maasei 205

Sefer Devarim

Trampling the Holy Courtyards Devarim 213

Comforting Thoughts Va'escbanan 218

Purity Attracts Impurity Eikev 223

Outside and Inside Influences Re'eh 228

No Need to Rush Shoftim 234

Time to Sing Out Ki Seitzei 238

When It's Black and White Ki Savo 242

In Joy and in Sorrow Nitzavim 246

A Time to Return Veyelech - Shabbos Shuva 252

A Song of Gratitude Ha'azinu 257

Before It's too Late Mincha of a Taanis 263

The Test of the Arrows Shabbos Erev Rosh Chodesh 267

Not an Abomination Shabbos Rosh Chodesh 271

The Rise and Fall of Man First Day of Rosh Hashana 275

Precious to Hashem Second Day of Rosh Hashana 280

Rising Higher and Higher Yom Kippur 284

Nowhere to Run Yom Kippur Mincha 289

The Sukkah of the Goyim First Day of Sukkos 294

At the Right Time Second Day of Sukkos 299

The Real Battle Shabbos Chol Hamoed Sukkos 302

Two Types of Simcha Shemini Atzeres 306

From Leader to Leader Simchas Torah 311

Chanuka: Strength to Strength Shabbos Chanuka 315

Only for the Mitzvah Second Shabbos of Chanuka 320

Making and Repairing the Damage Parshas Shekalim 323

The Error of King Shaul Parshas Zachor 327

A New Heart Parshas Parah 332

Familiarity Breeds … Parshas Hachodesh 336

The Undemocratic Arrival of Eliyahu Shabbos Hagadol 341

Re-cutting Ourselves Out First Day of Pesach 346

The Unique King and the Unique Pesach Second Day of Pesach 349

Yechezkel and the Valley of Dry Bones Shabbos Chol Hamoed 353

The Song for Generations Seventh Day of Pesach 357

When Mashiach Comes Eighth day of Pesach 361

The Heavenly Throne First day of Shavuos 365

Accepting the Torah, Regardless Second day of Shavuos 368

Weapons of War Tisha B'Av 372

Did you know … 377

Nach Journey 379

Selected Bibliography 381

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