Torah Tidbits and Haftarah Highlights - Parshat Pinchas - Vaetchanan

July 7 - Parshat Pinchas - pp. 924 – 931

Within this Parsha is one of the most striking events

in Torah history. Prior to the appearance of the Five

Sisters, inheritance law favored only male heirs. Five

sisters approached Moses and revolutionized Jewish

law on the subject! You may not recall all of their

names but at least one is familiar- Noa. For the

record, NOA is a woman’s name and NOAH is a

man’s name. We need to remember that NOA was an

Israelite woman of action whereas Noah was a man

of non-specified ethnicity who followed all of God’s

direction without question. The full scene is found on

pp. 925 - 927.

Haftarat Pinchas - pp. 938 - 940

Elijah is at the end of his rope. Pursued by Israelite

soldiers who have been ordered to kill him by King

Ahab (yes, there was a Jewish Ahab and he was

cruel), Elijah takes shelter at Mt. Sinai. God came

forth to Elijah. There was a great wind, an

earthquake and a firestorm. How is God described?

This description becomes a center point in the High

Holiday liturgy.

July 14 - Parshat Matot-Masei - pp. 949 – 953

Forty years of wandering are nearly over! Moses

prepares the 12 tribes to cross into Israel. Suddenly,

21⁄2 tribes flout God, Moses and centuries of tradition

by proclaiming their desire to do _____(What?)____.

Haftarat Matot-Masei - pp. 973 – 977

If Israel returns to God, nations of the world will

bless themselves. Jeremiah lived at the time of the

first Temple’s destruction. What might he be saying

in this Haftarah?

July 21 - Parshat Devarim - pp. 990 – 994

In this section of Moshe’s speech he reminds Israel

that Esau and Moab (pp. 990 - 991) are not to be

displaced or attacked. Why? Does this make sense for

a nation about to conquer its land?

Haftarat Devarim - pp. 1000 – 1004

This Haftarah is famous and comes from the book of

Isaiah. He speaks to Israel 500 years after Moses. He

challenges them to purify their sins and change them

from deep red (scarlet) to snowy white. This

symbolism leaves the Haftarah and migrates to the

Yom Kippur liturgy. He nicknames the Jewish people

“Chiefs of Sodom”. What could possibly make us as

bad as the people of Sodom? Read verse 17 on p.


July 28 - Parshat Vaetchanan - pp. 1015 - 1031


What a Parshah!

And a Bar Mitzvah too! Sam Hochhauser, a new

member, will be reading from the Torah and

Haftarah. Please come to Shul and welcome his family!

Haftarat Vaetchanan – pp. 1033 - 1036

The Haftarah speaks of the importance of everybody

coming together to share simchas and to offer shared

comfort in times of loss. This message is for us all.

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