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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Special Haftara This Shabbat - Won't be Read Again for 21 Years

3 years ago, I posted this explanation and the following table:
The rule is that whenever Pinehas falls out before Shiv'a Asar BeTamuz, it gets its own Haftara. Otherwise, we read the Haftara of Parshat Matot as it is then the first of the "Telat dePuranuta" - 3 Haftarot of Punishment. When Pinehas is read after Shiv'a Asar BeTamuz, Matot and Mas'ei are read together.
Jewish YearSecular YearMatot/Mas'ei Read Separately/Together
57441984S
57451985T
57461986T
57471987T
57481988T
57491989T
57501990T
57511991T
57521992T
57531993T
57541994T
57551995T
57561996T
57571997T
57581998T
57591999T
57602000T
57612001T
57622002T
57632003T
57642004T
57652005S
57662006T
57672007T
57682008S
57692009T
57702010T
57712011S
57722012T
57732013T
57742014S
57752015T
57762016T
57772017T
57782018T
57792019T
57802020T
57812021T
57822022T
57832023T
57842024T
57852025T
57862026T
57872027T
57882028T
57892029T
57902030T
57912031T
57922032T
57932033T
57942034T
57952035S

We see from the chart that the Haftara that will be read this coming Shabbat will not be read again for 21 years.  There was a similar 21-year break from 5744-5765.

Just to analyze the recent times when Mattot and Mas'ei were separate and Pinehas got its own Haftara:
  • Parshat Pinehas, 5765 was 3 weeks before the awful Disengagement occurred.
  • Parshat Pinehas, 5768 was between Yerushalayim Bulldozer Attack #1 and Attack #2.
  • Parshat Pinehas, 5771 was when Leiby Kletzky A"H was murdered.  Baba Elazar ZT"L was murdered a couple weeks later.
  • Parshat Pinehas, 5774 is a week after the 3 boys were found murdered while last week's riots are escalating this week.
I'm not saying that this Haftara or that this year's calendar configuration is bad luck, Has Veshalom.  I'm just trying to notice patterns.  We need a Navi like Eliyahu Hanavi to tell us what it means.

Eliyahu Hanavi annoints a bunch of people in this Haftara.  May this Haftara mark the end of our troubles - not just for 21 years, but forever.  And may this be the time when Eliyahu Hanavi finally annoints Mashiah Ben David as king, Amen.

5 Comments:

At Sun Jul 06, 04:50:00 AM 2014, Blogger Neshama said...

This last tragedy brought Israelis together like no other before. Increased tragedies just might bring us so close that Mashiach shows up. Just a thought, like yours.

Remembering what Rav Kanevsky said about Mashiach being so close . . . More teshuva might just warrant his arrival.

 
At Sun Jul 06, 12:42:00 PM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think just the opposite. All these tragedies are just a sign that Hashem is very angry at us for not keeping Torah and Mitzvot; and this will only prolong the coming of the Moshiach. I am willing to bet that no more than 15% of Jews in Eretz Yisrael keep the Shabbos. It is completely worthless, and in exchange Hashem has given us a completely worthless Prime Minister who never keeps his word. He did nothing about Iran and he will do nothing about the Hamas. WORTHLESS.

 
At Sun Jul 06, 02:37:00 PM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon #1: The real Jews of EY, those who are very observant and those less, & traditional are all good! The gov is Erev Rav, (useless but dangerous) and the 15 to 20% following their ways are probably not halachally real Jews, together with all the goyim now residing in Israel. The real Jews must unite as one nation and show H' they are on the right side. No more fence-sitting.

 
At Sun Jul 06, 09:10:00 PM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im never gonna read Unmysical paths again , and requerst for your own good you remove it from your blogs list . Doest King David say Hashem nekamot hoshiahn in psalms . We are at war with hamas hizzbulah etc , how dare he slander My God Hashem ish milchachamah Hashem Shmo !If David was king now hed butcher his enemies and it says in psalm 2 , Hashem in heaven laughs !

 
At Tue Jul 08, 07:51:00 AM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't account for the summers that terrorist attacks happened that we didn't lein that haftora. With hope that has hem will wipe out the false prophets / navi habaal / those who preach all will be, don't worry about sins, of our day just like in the time of eliyahu.

 

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