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Yasher Koach from the Unraveller to the Men's Club and the entire congrergation at West Suburban Har Zion, River Forest, IL, FJMC Mid West Region members, who recently completed the purchase of their own Sefer Haftorah from the FJMC.
The FJMC Sefer Haftorah is a wonderful addition to your synagogue's Shabbat service and also can be an incredible fund raising opportunity.
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|April 24, 2010
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"
Jewish Lights Publishing.
Translation of the Haftarah may be found here: http://www.jtsa.edu/PreBuilt/ParashahArchives/jpstext/
The FJMC weekly haftarah commentary is one of the few haftarah commentaries available on line. The USCJ through its Fuchsberg Center in Jerusalem has also been posting a weekly haftarah commentary for a number of years. We highly recommend it. If you are interested you can find a link on the left side of our weekly commentary and click through.
In 2003 the FJMC commissioned a Sefer Haftarah, a scroll consisting of all the Haftarot which follows the Haftarah order that appears in the USCJ and Rabbinical Assembly Torah translation and commentary Etz Hayim. The FJMC Sefer Haftarah visits a different synagogue in North America every week.This scroll contains vowels and cantillation and allows the haftarah reader to experience the Haftarah in a more personal way. FJMC also produces individual personalized Haftarot for those who wish to recognize a special occasion. Scrolls of Haftarot have been in use since the early middle ages.
Our head writer, Rabbi Charles Simon, has completed writing the commentaries for this year's haftarot. During our discussions, he has indicated that he does not wish to reuse the commentaries over and over again, as he feels that they should be written in a manner that is relevant to this year alone.
Each haftarah is in itself a prophesy of course, and as such was a commentary on the events of the times. To repeat the comments without updating and rewriting would not be as relevant as it should be. Rabbi Simon compares it to a pulpit rabbi repeating a speech. It’s just not done.
So when this year is over, we’re looking to expand our content. The haftarot that have not been published; the holidays, the second of a double parsha, the haftarot that are put aside for special occasions, all will be written about over the next year or two.
What we really hope to do is expand into other areas of Jewish life, and “unravel the secrets”. We’ll explore other areas, places that you probably have not explored. We’ll probably get into some everyday items that don’t always get explained, we’ll try to teach you about things you may have seen or done but never known the “why” or “how” and we’ll talk about some issues that we are exploring as an organization; things like “welcoming the stranger” and “hearing men’s voices”.
Where do you come in? How about submitting an essay for publication? We’ll help you in the effort and we’ll do our best to get it into this letter. I hope that we can get to the point that we have so many to publish that we can have 2 or 3 in an issue.
Hazan Alberto Mizrachi, one of our editors, has signed up to do some work with us on music, and we’ll include a link to hear what he’s writing about. We hope to continue to excite you each week with something unique in the Jewish world, a well written commentary that asks you to think. We’ve been doing it now for 27 weeks now, and we hope to continue challenging you. If you’d like to join us as a writer, contact Rabbi Simon, Goldis David Goldis or Stan Greenspan and let us know.
Thanks for joining us in this adventure, we look forward to continuing!