“…The readings were chosen from Nevi’im…” | The Prophet Jeremiah cc: flickr By Ian W Scott
Dedicated with love to Gili and Tamar, on their becoming Bnot Mitzvah
The public Torah readings return us yearly to the creation of the universe, to the stories of the patriarchs and matriarchs, to slavery in Egypt and deliverance, to desert wanderings and to standing on the threshold of the promised land. The weekly haftarah reading is different. Here there is no sequential textual continuity—the readings were chosen from Nevi’im—the Prophets—because of their relevance to the Torah lectionary or to the annual cycle. With the Torah reading, choices do not exist; this holds true both for the yearly Torah reading cycle—as practiced in Babylonia—and for the Eretz Yisrael triennial cycle. In contrast, once easily discerns different traditions in the choice of haftarah readings. From this we can deduce that originally the haftarot were not fixed; the choice of the Nevi’im readings was determined by the respective Jewish communities. A Dvar Torah for Parashat “Kedoshim” and Its Haftarot.
By: Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx