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The Haftarah for Parashat Beshalach 5762
The Victory Song of Deborah - Shirat Deborah
Read from the Book of Shoftim or Judges
Chapters 4 (The story) and 5 (the Song) for Ashkenazim, Just Chapter 5 for Sephardim.
Deborah commissions Barak to rid Israel of Cannanite oppression. The Prophetess brings about a spiritual regeneration.
The Story Line of This Week's Haftorah: 4:1-3 Bnai Yisrael sins by worshipping idols and are subdued by the Cana'anim (Cananites). 4:4,5 The Prophetess Deborah, wife of Lapidot becomes the leader of the Jews. 4:6-9 She sends Barak a prophetic message to wage war against the enemy. Hashem confuses Sisera's camp. 4:10-16 The enemy is defeated, just one person remain's Sisera. 4:17-22 Yael kills general Sisera by driving a spike through his head. 4:23-24 Bnai Yisrael kills King Yavin.Deborah's Song - 5:1-3 Introduction: Praises to Hashem. Torah study and observance brings victory to Bnai Yisrael. 5:4-5 Without Torah they loose and with it they win. 5:6-13 Deborah's Song begins with the description of Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah). Start doing circumcisions again and Hashem will bless you. When you want evil decrees to be reversed, Praise Hashem. Thanks to Hashem for the most recent victory and protection from the enemy. 5:14-18 Praise for the Jews who joined the battle and condemnation of those who did not. 5:19-22 The miracles of the war. 5:23-27 Meroz is cursed and Yael is blessed. 5:28-30 False hopes in Sisra's camp. The Conclusion. This event broke the power King Yabin had over the Israelites.
The Haftorah's Connection between the Parasha and Haftorah: The Parasha of Beshlach contains the song that Moshe sang at the Yam Suf (Sea of reads), after Hashem rescued the nation of Israel from the Egyptian army. The Haftarah contains the song that was sung after Deborah defeated the Cananites.
The Biography of Deborah: Deborah was one of 7 a Prophetess, and knew the secret of divine wisdom.
She lived in the latter half of the 12th century BCE.
Timeline: This story occurred about 3125 years ago.
Map: The location of this Haftara is Mt. Tabor.
Written by: The Haftorahman - Reuven Gavriel ben Nissim Ebrahimoff 5762-2001
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