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Ezekiel

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Ezekiel: (a) (5th century BCE) He prophesied during the Babylonian exile, encouraging the Jews to remain steadfast to Judaism despite their hardships. His famous prophecies include his vision of the Merkavah, a detailed description of the Third Holy Temple, and the vision of the valley of dry bones. (b) A common Jewish first name.
A Metaphor for Exile and Redemption
Before the siege of Jerusalem, G-d commanded the prophet Ezekiel to place an iron pot around a brick symbolizing the city's siege. (Ezekiel 4:3) Iron can be a metaphor for the grave character defect of rigidity or for the deep inner strength of the Jewish...
The Haftorah of Shavuot
Why Ezekiel’s vision of the “divine chariot” is the chosen haftorah reading on Shavuos, when it would appear that other scriptural passages that refer directly to the giving of the Torah would make a more appropriate choice, inasmuch as Ezekiel makes no s...
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