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 I Samuel 11:14–12:22
You have nothing to fear, he says, as long as you take the lesson to heart and resolve to remain faithful to G-d.
For an informed reading of Ezekiel 1:1–28, 3:12
The reading speaks of the revelation to Ezekiel in which he saw the entire gamut of divine beings in what he describes as a “chariot."
For an informed reading of Jeremiah 32:6–22
Background The portion of Behar is largely dedicated to the laws of buying and selling property in the Land of Israel. The haftarah tells a story of when the acquisition of property in the Holy Land became a G‑d-given symbol of hope at a very bleak time. ...
For an informed reading of Habakkuk 2:20–3:19
Background to the Haftarah The prophet Habakkuk lived during the time of Menashe (Manasseh), king of Judea. Seder Olam Rabbah. During this period, G‑d decided that the Temple would be destroyed and the Jewish people would be exiled. In this small but pene...
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.”
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