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The Haftarah for Shabbat Parashat Vayikra 5762
Only Hashem is Worthy of Being Worshipped
We read the Haftarah from Yeshayahu (Isaiah) Chapters 43:21-44:23
The Story Line of This Week's Haftorah: 43:21 The purpose of the Jewish people is to honor Hashem. 43:22-25 Hashem is disappointed, instead of honoring Hashem; we insult Hahem with sacrifices that are not acceptable. Hashem promises to accept Bnai Yisrael's Teshuva (repentance). 43:26-28 Hashem's prophet Isaiah restates that Bnai Yisrael deserves punishment. 44:1-5 The Haftorah takes a turn for the better, Isaiah speaks on behalf of Hashem and promises us future blessings. 44:6-8 Hashem declares he is "The one and only G-d and there is no other!" 46:9-16 The Haftorah explains the absurdity of idol worshiping. 46:17-22 The Prophet Isaiah encourages the Jews to do teshuva. 46:23 The Haftarah concludes with a declaration that Teshuva will bring about the redemption of the Jewish People.
The Haftorah's Connection between the Parasha and Haftorah: The Parasha of Vayikra speaks of the procedures involved in performing Korbanot (sacrifices). The Haftarah also speaks of Korbanot. In the Haftarah's case Isaiah says that Hashem was aware of that the same Jews that are performing sacrifices are also worshipping idols. That Judaism Plus is not acceptable to Hashem.
Haftorahman's Lesson of the week: From the Haftarah we can learn the Theory of Expand and Control. During The Prophet Isaiah's time the Jews thought they were "expanding" Judaism by adding Idol worshipping and they failed to control their procedures when performing sacrifices. Today, we must notice, are we expanding the doing of mitzvot that we should be doing and then are we controling ourselves from things we should not be doing. This week's Spiritual Homework is to pick one mitzvah that you can expand on and increase what you do and pick one sin you decrease what you do.
ISAIAH'S BIOGRAPHY: ¨
Famous phrases by Isaiah: Ki metzion ta'tzai torah, udvar Hashem Ma'Yerushalaim. For from Zion will the Torah come forth, and the word of Hashem from Jerusalem.
Timeline: Isaiah prophecised about 2750 years ago.
Map: Isaiah prophecies in Jerusalem.
Written by: The Haftorahman - Reuven Gavriel ben Nissim Ebrahimoff 5762-2002
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