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For the haftarah of Metzora, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
The haftarah for Metzora (and Tazria-Metzorah, when they are together) from II Kings II Kings 7:3-20. is part of a string of miracles done by our prophet Elisha. The setting of the haftarah is that Ben Hadad, the king of Aram, gathered his whole army and ...
For an informed reading of II Kings 7:3–20
The Background The haftarah for the portion of Metzora (or Tazria-Metzora, when read together) is taken from a series of stories told in the book of Kings about the prophet Elisha. In his last request of his teacher, Elijah the prophet, Elisha boldly aske...
For the haftarah of Vayeira, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
The haftarah for Vayeira tells us of two stories of miracles from our prophet Elisha.
Elisha was the faithful disciple of the prophet Elijah, and his successor. He had followed his master from the moment they met, when Elisha was a young man, plowing his father's field near the ancient town of Abel-mecholah in northern Israel. Elisha saw h...
The story is told of Elijah coming to Elisha to prepare him for succeeding him as a Prophet in Israel. Elisha was then a "rough diamond" awaiting the "polishing" process. When Elisha first saw Elijah he began to laugh at his thick crop of hair, being hims...
The division of the nation into the Kingdom of Judah and the Kingdom of Israel until the latter was disbanded and the ten tribes were exiled and dispersed; in the years 2964 to 3205 from creation.
Jehu's Reign, Jehoahaz, Joash, Elisha's Death
The Aramean general Naaman is stricken with Tzaraat and is ultimately cured by Elisha the prophet.
Although tzaraat was a skin illness, it had a spiritual element to it. In the Tanach, we find quite a few individuals who were plagued by tzaraat.
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