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Haftorah for Vayakhel-Pekudei

Haftorah for Vayakhel-Pekudei

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The following is the standard Haftorah for this week's Torah reading. However, various calendar-based considerations occasionally cause different Haftorahs to be substituted for the standard ones.

I Kings

Chapter 7

51. And all the work that king Solomon had wrought in the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated; the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, (and) put them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.

Chapter 8

1. Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers' (houses) of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem; to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion.
2. And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which (is) the seventh month.
3. And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.
4. And they brought up the ark of the Lord, and the tabernacle of meeting, and all the holy vessels which (were) in the tabernacle, and the priests and the Levites did bring them up.
5. And King Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, (were) with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be counted nor numbered for multitude.
6. And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, into the Sanctuary of the house, to the most holy (place), under the wings of the cherubim.
7. For the cherubim spread forth (their) wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
8. And the staves were so long that the ends of the staves were seen from the holy (place) before the Sanctuary, and they were not seen without; and they are there unto this day.
9. There was nothing in the ark save the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made (a covenant) with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
10. And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy (place), and the cloud filled the house of the Lord.
11. And the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.
12. Then Solomon said, "The Lord said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.
13. I have surely built You a house to dwell in; a settled place for You to dwell in forever."
14. And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel, and all the congregation of Israel stood.
15. And he said, "Blessed (be) the Lord, the God of Israel Who spoke with His mouth unto David my father, and has fulfilled it with His hand, saying.
16. 'Since the day that I brought forth My people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house, that My name might be therein; but I chose David to be over My people Israel.'
17. And it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
18. And the Lord said to David my father, 'Since it was in your heart to build a house unto My name, you did well that it was in your heart.
19. Nevertheless, you shall not build the house; but your son that shall come forth out of your loins, he shall build the house for My name.'
20. And the Lord has established His word that He spoke, and I have risen up in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the Lord spoke, and have built a house for the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
21. And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein (is) the covenant of the Lord, which He made with our fathers, when He brought them out of the land of Egypt."

Please note: These Haftorah texts follow Chabad custom. Other communities could possibly read more, less, or a different section of the Prophets altogether. Please consult with your rabbi.
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