No wonder that Jewish tradition appears to have deliberately excluded this Isaiah text from later Haftarah
cycles but, soberly, not passages surrounding it
239-313), evaluating the Jewish texts (Sibylline Oracles 4 and 5, 4 Ezra, 2 Baruch, synagogue prayers [notably the Amidah, the Kaddish, the Shema, Haftarah
benedictions, the Grace after Meals], and Josephus] and Christian texts (notably Revelation, Papias, Justin, Irenaeus, non-chiliasic Christianity, Barnabas, the Didache, the Shepherd of Hermas, 1 and 2 Clement, Ignatius, Polycarp, and the Epistle to Diognetus), concludes that one should avoid setting up a simple contrast between the Jewish and Christian attitudes in these texts.
Jonathan Eybeschutz (1690-1764), in his Ahavat Yehonatan commentary (to the haftarah
of Parashat ha-Hodesh), writes that Ezekiel only felt the need to speak about the Passover and Sukkot sacrifices because those festivals commemorate the Exodus from Egypt.
Continue reading "The Haftarah
Reading That Inspired Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the third section, Plaskow deals with the problems of reading prophetic references to marriage in haftarah
readings in "Preaching Against the Text" (the only essay in the volume that was not previously published).
The word Hitler was also painted, prayer books were thrown to the ground, and a parchment scroll of biblical writings used to recite the weekly Haftarah
was painted black.
reading was even shorter, four verses from the prophet Isaiah (54:1-4), who speaks of Noah (the name given to the chapters of the Torah from which I read), and who speaks of a "barren one," just as my Torah verses ended with a description of Sarai (Abram's wife, later Sarah) as "barren.
This same idea of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], making the two discourses stand side by side as opposed to reconciliation, is also found in the haftarah
He had, of course, in his prayerbooks, translated a wide variety of Biblical texts, but in the Haftarah
Commentary (1996, Union of American Hebrew Congregations Press), he came into his own as a Biblical translator, and he was commissioned to translate the Torah, of which only the Genesis volume was completed (forthcoming, Union of American Hebrew Congregations Press).
Atonement versus Repentance: Tradition designates Jonah as the haftarah
for Yom Kippur, thereby suggesting that repentance is the key element, but only chapter 3 actually deals with this theme.
All I did was chant my haftarah
(a passage from Prophets) from a Tanach, or Hebrew Bible, no different from the volumes everyone else could find in their pews.
My Torah portion was Behar; my haftarah
, from the book of Jeremiah, was of a daunting length.
To participate in the Kiddush Club, a group of congregants leave the service to make Kiddush -- often on hard liquor -- during the haftarah
The Women's Haftarah
Commentary: New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Haftarah
Portions, the 5 Megillot and Special Shabbatot, edited by Elyse Goldstein.
, A READING FROM THE PROPHETS RECITED publicly on Sabbaths, festivals, and certain fast days after reciting the required portion of the Pentateuch, perhaps originally acted as a farewell address before Jews left the synagogue after the Torah reading.