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 Year||Secular Year||Matot/Mas'ei Read Separately/Together|
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.
- 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.