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Mendel Dubov

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Rabbi Mendel Dubov is the director of Chabad in Sussex County, NJ, and a member of faculty at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, NJ.
For an informed reading of II Kings 4:42–5:19
The haftarah is about the story of Naaman, a gentile aristocrat who was cured of his tzaraat by the prophet Elisha.
For an informed reading of Isaiah 57:14–58:14
Overview The haftarah for the morning of Yom Kippur begins with a number of themes: The prophet proclaims that we must “clear the way” and “remove the obstacles” from the “path.” Rashi takes this as a call to sideline and offset the evil inclination and t...
For an informed reading of II Samuel 22:1–51
This haftarah is read in connection with the portion of Haazinu, as well as on the seventh day of Passover.
For an informed reading of Isaiah 10:32–12:6
The Connection The opening verses of the haftarah are the end of a set of prophecies regarding the Assyrian empire. Sennacherib, king of Assyria, led a powerful army west of his empire, threatening to overrun the Judean kingdom. The Jewish king at the tim...
For an informed reading of II Kings 23:1–9, 21–25
Background The small kingdom of Judah had just been through a major upheaval. It all basically began in the era of King Menashe (Manasseh), whose reign began in 533 BCE. During his rule, which spanned over half a century, Menashe succeeded in reversing al...
For an informed reading of 1 Kings 3:15–4:1
Young Solomon asked G‑d for “an understanding heart to judge Your people.”
For an informed reading of Jeremiah 34:8–22, 33:25–26
The first mitzvah in the portion of Mishpatim is that of freeing slaves.
For an informed reading of Ezekiel 37:1-14
The haftarah is about how the prophet Ezekiel is instructed by G‑d to prophesy upon a valley filled with dry human bones and resurrect them back to life.
For an informed reading of I Kings 7:40–50
When Chanukah contains two Shabbatot, the weekly haftarah is replaced with a reading connected with Chanukah.
For an informed reading of I Kings 18:20–39
The famous story of Elijah on Mount Carmel is read as the haftarah for the portion of Ki Tisa. In it, Elijah, the prophet of G‑d, puts to the test what was at the time perceived as the most supreme and powerful of all the gods—Baal. The central story in t...
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