Torah and Haftorah Reading
8 Av 5768
9 August 2008
Kehillat Zur Hadassah Synagogue
And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying: 'Let me pass through thy land; I will go along by the highway, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left. Thou shalt sell me food for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink; only let me pass through on my feet; as the children of Esau that dwell in Seir, and the Moabites that dwell in Ar, did unto me; until I shall pass over the Jordan into the land which The Lord our God giveth us.' But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him; for The Lord thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that He might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day.
And The Lord said unto me: 'Behold, I have begun to deliver up Sihon and his land before thee; begin to possess his land.' Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, unto battle at Jahaz. And The Lord our God delivered him up before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed every city, the men, and the women, and the little ones; we left none remaining; only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, with the spoil of the cities which we had taken. From Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley of Arnon, and from the city that is in the valley, even unto Gilead, there was not a city too high for us: The Lord our God delivered up all before us.
Vered bat Israel & Sara
Israel ben Said & Badreh
Only to the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not near; all the side of the river Jabbok, and the cities of the hill-country, and wheresoever The Lord our God forbade us. Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan; and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, unto battle at Edrei. And The Lord said unto me: 'Fear him not; for I have delivered him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.' So The Lord our God delivered into our hand Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people; and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.
Roi'i ben Israel & Sara
David Meir ben Arie Leib & Mary
And we took all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we took not from them; threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. All these were fortified cities, with high walls, gates, and bars; beside the unwalled towns a great many. And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying every city, the men, and the women, and the little ones. But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey unto ourselves.
And we took the land at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites that were beyond the Jordan, from the valley of Arnon unto mount Hermon-- which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir, all the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salcah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan. For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the Rephaim; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbah of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
Gideon Mordechai ben David Meir & Shirley
Daniel Arie & Tomer Shalom bnei Yohanan Aharon & Vered
And this land we took in possession at that time; from Aroer, which is by the valley of Arnon, and half the hill-country of Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites; and the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half-tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob--all that Bashan is called the land of Rephaim. Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob, unto the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and called them, even Bashan, after his own name, Havvoth-jair, unto this day. And I gave Gilead unto Machir.
Yohanan Aharon ben David Meir & Shirley
And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the valley of Arnon, the middle of the valley for a border; even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon; the Arabah also, the Jordan being the border thereof, from Chinnereth even unto the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, under the slopes of Pisgah eastward. And I commanded you at that time, saying: 'The The Lord your God hath given you this land to possess it; ye shall pass over armed before your brethren the children of Israel, all the men of valour. But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle--I know that ye have much cattle--shall abide in your cities which I have given you.
Yael Miriam bat
Yohanan Aharon & Vered
Until The Lord give rest unto your brethren, as unto you, and they also possess the land which The Lord your God giveth them beyond the Jordan; then shall ye return every man unto his possession, which I have given you. And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying: 'Thine eyes have seen all that The Lord your God hath done unto these two kings; so shall The Lord do unto all the kingdoms whither thou goest over. Ye shall not fear them; for The Lord your God, He it is that fighteth for you.'
Haftorah Dvarim - Isaiah 1:21-29
How is the faithful city become a harlot! She that was full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers. Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water. Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; every one loveth bribes, and followeth after rewards; they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
Therefore saith the Lord, the Mighty One of Israel: Ah, I will ease Me of Mine adversaries, and avenge Me of Mine enemies; And I will turn My hand upon thee, and purge away thy dross as with lye, and will take away all thine alloy;
And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning; afterward thou shalt be called The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and they that return of her with righteousness.
But the destruction of the transgressors and the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the terebinths which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen. For ye shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water. And the strong shall be as tow, and his work as a spark; and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.
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