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Haftorah for Shemini

Haftorah for Shemini

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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.

II Samuel

Chapter 6

1And David continued [to gather] all the chosen of Israel, thirty thousand.
2And David arose and went with all the people that were with him, from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called a name, the name of the Lord of Hosts who dwell upon the cherubim [being] upon it.
3And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and they carried it from the house of Avinadav that was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Avinadav, drove the new cart.
4And they brought it out of the house of Avinadav, which was on the hill, with the ark of God, and Achyo went before the ark.
5And David and all the house of Israel made merry with all [manner of instruments of] cypress wood, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with sistra, and with cymbals.
6And they came to Goren-nachon, and Uzzah put forth [his hand] to the ark of God, and grasped hold of it, for the oxen swayed it.
7And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God struck him down there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
8And David was angered, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah; and he called that place Peretz-uzzah, unto this day.
9And David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said: 'How can the ark of the Lord come to me?'
10And David did not want to remove unto him the ark of the Lord, into the city of David; and David took it aside to the house of Oved-edom the Gittite.
11And the ark of the Lord dwelled in the house of Oved-edom the Gittite three months; and the Lord blessed Oved-edom, and all his household.
12And it was told to King David saying: 'The Lord has blessed the house of Oved-edom, and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of the Lord. And David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Oved-edom into the city of David with joy.
13And it was when the bearers of the ark of God had trodden six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.
14And David danced with all his might before the Lord; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
15And David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of [the] shofar.
16And [as] the ark of the Lord came [into] the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul peered through the window, and she saw the king David hopping and dancing before the Lord; and she loathed him in her heart.
17And they brought the ark of the Lord, and they set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt-offerings before the Lord and peace-offerings.
18And David finished offering the burnt-offering and the peace-offerings, and he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of Hosts.
19And he distributed to all the people, to the whole multitude of Israel, both to men and women, to each individual a loaf of bread, and a portion of meat, and a barrel of wine. And all the people departed, every one to his home.

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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