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July 24-28, 2013. Boston, Massachusetts.


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March 1, 2013

This commentary is a reprint of an original written and published in 2010 by Rabbi Charles Simon.

Shabbat Parah
Ezekiel 36:16-38

This morning's haftarah for the special Sabbath called Shabbat Parah replaces the haftarah for Shabbat Ki Tissa. The haftarot for the four special Sabbaths that precede Passover are in many cases more closely connected thematically than many of the consecutive haftarot. In this instance the ritual of the red heifer the connection is the ritual cleansing described in the Torah portion which permits a person who has been in contact with a dead body to be purified and restored to the community; is paralleled by a prophecy describing how a nation will be purified and restored by God.

The haftarah is one of consolation and hope offered to the Judean exiles in Babylon. It can be dated around 585 B.C.E. It is divided into three parts, and highlighted by phrases that refer to having clean water sprinkled over them in order for them to be cleansed and that we/they will be given a new heart, a new spirit.

It is interesting to note that while our people's cleansing and return, are conditional upon our behaviors, they are also a result of God's realizing that his name has been diminished by his punishing of us. It seems that God failed to take into account how Judah and God would be perceived by other nations once Jerusalem fell. In short, God failed to fully consider the consequences and implications of God's actions.

Serious decisions call for serious planning. The making of choices challenges us to consider the implications of our actions before we act. Decisions that are poorly thought through can have negative implications for our loved ones and for those whom we respect. Shabbat Parah and Passover preparation calls on us to do more than simply clean our homes and purify our thoughts. The haftarah reminds us to consider the implications of our actions and decisions so that our lives may reflect a new hope and a new spirit.

This week's Haftarah commentary was written by
Rabbi Charles Simon, Executive Director of the FJMC and author of
"Building A Successful Volunteer Culture: Finding Meaning in Service in the Jewish Community" Jewish Lights Publishing, and "Understanding the Haftarot: Everyperson's Guide."

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The FJMC Yellow Candle™
The Yellow Candle™ was created in 1981 by FJMC clubs in Canada, New England and elsewhere to keep alive the memory of the Six Million who perished in the Shoah. The Candle is modeled after a traditional Jewish memorial Yahrzeit candle that burns for 24 hours during periods of mourning and on the Yahrzeit anniversary of a family member. The candle's yellow wax serves to remind us of the yellow arm band which Jews were forced to wear during the Nazi regime. A photo on the candle container shows young people visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. This reflects the importance of teaching our youth the lessons of the Holocaust and of remembering the Six Million.
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New Publications
Intermarriage: Concepts & Strategies for Families and Synagogue Leaders
Provides family members and community leaders with the needed understanding to effectively work with intermarrieds or potential intermarrieds.
Understanding the Haftarot:
An Everyperson's Guide

Understand how the haftarot were organized, why they might have been selected and suggests reasons for finding meaning and value.

Yad Shel Chai
The Yad Shel Chai program was created by an FJMC club in Jacksonville, FL. The program is designed to provide an incentive for Torah readers to get a personalized Yad with their Hebrew name. The cost is $85 per Yad, plus $15 shipping and handling (regardless of how many you order). If you have any questions, please email YadShelChai@fjmc.org.

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