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Jephthah: A Gileadite renowned for his valor, the sixth of the Judges, he judged the Israelites for six years (988-982 BCE). Though a prophet, he is considered the least worthy of the Judges. He successfully led the Israelites in battle against the oppressing Amonites.
Threat from the East, Threat from the East, Negotiations Fail, A Strange Vow, Strife among Brothers
Question: I saw a docudrama about Jephthah and it ended with him sacrificing his daughter. But in an article on your site you say she lived a reclusive life in the mountains until she died. Which version of events is correct? Answer: In the name of artist...
For the Haftarah of Chukat, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
The Talmud tells us that “Jephthah in his generation is like Samuel in his generation.”
For an informed reading of Judges 11:1–33
Jephthah sent a message to the king of Ammon demanding an explanation for the ongoing terror.
2779–2785 (982–976 BCE)
Jair the Gileadite, who had judged Israel for twenty-two years, died in the year 2764, and gradually the Jews again reverted to the worship of idols and the neglect of the commandments of the Torah. The inevitable punishment came swiftly. The Ammonites, w...
Although Yiftach was a judge, and a leader of the generation, he failed to understand the importance of having a teacher and mentor, and the consequence was disastrous.
Time and time again, it appeared as if the plucky nation of monotheists would be swallowed up by the religion du jour
Haftorah Hyperlinks: Chukat
Learn the profound connections between the weekly parsha and its related Haftorah.
A biblical history of the Jews
After the passing of Joshua, the Jewish people were led by a series of “shoftim” (literally, “judges”). The book of Judges chronicles the events that transpired during their leadership. Major events in this period of history include Ehud’s assassination o...
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