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Haftorah for Behar-Bechukotai

Haftorah for Behar-Bechukotai

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.


Chapter 16

19O Lord, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, "Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail!
20Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods?"
21Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the Lord.

Chapter 17

1The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, with a diamond point, engraved on the tablet of their heart and on the horns of your altars.
2As they remember their children, [so do they remember] their altars, and their asherim by the green trees upon the high hillocks.
3You, who sit upon the mountain in the field, I will give your substance, all your treasures for a spoil! Your high places are made for sin within all your borders.
4And you shall release, and [I will avenge Myself] of you because of your heritage that I gave you, and I will make you serve your enemies in the land that you did not know, for you have kindled fire in My nostrils that shall burn forever.
5So says the Lord: Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6He shall be like a lone tree in the plain, and will not see when good comes, and will dwell on parched land in the desert, on salt-sodden soil that is not habitable.
7Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord; the Lord shall be his trust.
8For he shall be like a tree planted by the water, and by a rivulet spreads its roots, and will not see when heat comes, and its leaves shall be green, and in the year of drought will not be anxious, neither shall it cease from bearing fruit.
9The heart is deceitful above all things, and when it is sick, who will recognize it?
10I, the Lord, search the heart, test the kidneys, to give everyone according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.
11The cuckoo calls but has not laid, so it is he who gathers riches but not by right; he shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end he stands dishonored.
12As a Throne of Glory, exalted from the beginning, so is the place of our Sanctuary.
13The Lord who is the source of the hopes of Israel, all that forsake You shall be shamed, and they who turn away from me shall be marked out on the earth that they have forsaken the source of living waters, the Lord.
14Heal me, O Lord, then shall I be healed; help me, then I shall be helped, for You are my praise!

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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