The Conservative Yeshiva, in its Haftarah Commentary on Parashat Eikev mentions a Midrash according to which people will not know how to digest God’s redemptive actions when Consolation comes. Even when good things happen, past trauma will diminish their ability to acknowledge them. In this video, Rabbi Machlis presents an exciting call from the Prophetic […]
Treasured Reconciliation Activators in the Tanach – #3
Delving into well hidden factors in the Scriptures which can positively advance the Drive towards Reconciliation and hence Geulah – if we only would care to confront it rather than sweep it under the carpet
Our Reconciliation Activator #3 this week is derived from delving into the wider meaning of the Hebrew Word ַקְּלָלָה – Klallah – Curse, as opposed to ארירה – Arirah. The lack of thorough Hebrew understanding and the horror of confusion caused by translations in various Bible versions conceal the true Message and Guidelines for reaching Reconciliation amongst the entire Family and Nation of Israel which had been divided and devastated by Exile of Both Houses of Israel…
Such ideas (as proclaimed in this passage of Prophecy) would be taken as pure fantasy, wildly impossible, not even realistic enough to qualify as utopian. Since this week’s haftarah asserts that all of those will happen, I wondered, then as now, what it means when even Orthodox Jews, who claim to believe that God speaks through the prophets, do not believe these prophecies will or can ever come true…
Restoring the exiled seeds of Abraham and Sarah from the Paternal line to their Jewish ancestry (Parashat Ki Tavo)
“Referring to those who have Jewish DNA from their paternal – but not maternal – side, Zera Yisrael! It is especially incumbent upon us to reclaim these exiled seeds of Abraham and Sarah and restore them to their land and their Jewish ancestry!”
Though this preview in our Haftarah Isa. 60 (which is all about the Final Redemption) is credited to the Arrival of Mashiach, there is no such mention of a Mashiach in this Haftarah…
The Almighty enters into a third covenant during Moses’ lifetime as an affirmation of the truth that despite the backsliding of Israel, their covenant with their God who is always ready to accept their repentance remains eternally validated. The significance to this third Covenant and the manner in which it clearly differs from its predecessors – is its democratic element. Every single Israelite is summoned and included, the heads of the tribes… the little ones, wives, even the stranger who is in the camp, the hewer of wood and the drawer of water” (Deut. 29:9–10).
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis spotlights ONE ‘hidden word’ in the Parashah – ‘Shevatim’ (Tribes). This observation may well support the Plight of the Exiles of Israel – and especially the vibrancy of the 10-Tribed House of Israel which is apparently being totally overlooked these days: the forgotten exile of 10/12ths of the entire Israel Nation to whom the Divine Promises of Redemption also apply
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