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Torah Tidbits and Haftarah Highlights


(All page numbers refer to Etz Hayim)

Sept. 1 - Parshat Ki Tavo - pp. 1146 - 1148

Did you know Moses instructed the Israelites to prepare for a giant shouting match? Joshua actually carried out this directive after Moses died and the Israelites crossed into Israel. Look at the words to be shouted. Do you notice any patterns? In terms of Jewish ritual what is missing? What is included?

Haftarat Ki Tavo - pp. 1162 - 1163

Read verse 10 on p. 1162. Isaiah is speaking to Israel in response to a past war and trying to offer encouragement. What does verse 10 offer us?


Sept. 8 - Parshat Nitzavim - pp. 1165 – 1172

Do you think it is hard to be Jewish?

How would Moses reply to your question? Look at verse 11 on p. 1170. Do you agree with Moses?

Haftarat Nitzavim - pp. 1180 – 1184

This is the LAST HAFTARAH OF CONSOLATION! The season of Tisha B'Av

recovery has ended. Now it's time to begin our year. Read the opening phrase of the Haftarah on p. 1180. Look at how happy Isaiah is! Imagine God as your personal tailor! How would you feel if God clothed you in God's own finery!

Why is this Haftarah just before Rosh Hashanah?


Sept. 15 - Parshat Vayelech – pp. 1173 – 1179

Moses commands the Israelites to not be afraid as they prepare to enter the Promised Land. He then commands Joshua to not be afraid. Compare verse 6 to verse 7. Does this order make sense? Would you have given these orders in this way?

Haftarat Vayelech - SHABBAT SHUVAH

(a special passage read between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) - pp. 1234 - 1239

This Haftarah is composed of excerpts of 3 different Prophets. It's very special. Can you

deduce why these three different passages are read on this Shabbat?


Sept. 22 - Parshat Ha-azinu - pp. 1185 – 1195

This Parshah is very different from most other parshiot. Just glance at the page without reading the words. What do you notice?

Haftarat Ha-azinu - pp. 1197 – 1201

Samuel is the composer of this Haftarah. He lived about 250 years after Moses. Why is this Haftarah passage partnered with the Torah reading?


Digital art work by Gadiel Gal

Sept. 29 – Sukkot -.pp. 538 – 545

The special Torah reading begins with Moses on Mount Sinai after the sin of the Golden Calf. Why do we read about this event on Sukkot? Don't the Sukkahs they built represent vulnerability and a need for protection? What's the link between the holiday and the Torah reading?

Haftarat Sukkot - pp. 1260 – 1262

Sukkot's main theme is protection. The most vulnerable circumstance of all experience is war. A great war is symbolically described as taking place and eventually Israel will be safe and secure. In effect, the message of Sukkot is emphasized.

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