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I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up. They have no holidays.
Look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. So, for every ten Jews beating their breasts, God designated one to be crazy and amuse the breast beaters. By the time I was five I knew I was that one.
The time is at hand when the wearing of a prayer shawl and skullcap will not bar a man from the White House, unless, of course, the man is Jewish.
Even if you are Catholic, if you live in New York, you're Jewish. If you live in Butte, Montana, you are going to be a goy even if you are Jewish.
The remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!
Even a secret agent can't lie to a Jewish mother.
My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don't say it.
Don't be humble; you are not that great.
I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I had lost exactly two weeks.
-Joe E. Lewis
A spoken contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
Whoever called it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.
A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Too bad that all the people who know how to run this country are busy driving taxis and cutting hair.
A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.
I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.
Television is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done.
When I bore people at a party, they think it is their fault.
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Fear builds walls to bar the light. - Baal Shem Tov
Engage in Torah and charity even with an ulterior motive, for that habit of right doing will lead also to right motivation. - Talmud: Pesahim, 50b
The sword comes into the world because of justice delayed and because of justice perverted.- Ethics of the Fathers 5:8
Ever since Rabbi Akiba used the Passover seder to plan a revolutionary struggle against the Roman occupiers, the Jews have used the seder to begin concrete work on tikkun (healing and transformation).
- Rabbi Michael Lerner, the Tikkun Magazine Passover supplement 2006
To work out ends of righteousness and love are you called; not merely to enjoy or suffer.
- S.R. Hirsch, "Nineteen Letters," 1836
“Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.” Golda Meir
The worship of God, though desirable as an end itself, can somehow never be in the right spirit, unless it impels one to the service of man. - Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan
Concentrate on three things and you will not fall into the grip of sin. Know from where you came, where you are going, and before Whom you will have to give account and reckoning.- Pirkei Avot 3:1
We cannot learn from general principles: there may be exceptions. - Johanan, Talmud: Kiddushin
A truly generous man is he that always gives, whether it be much or little, before he is asked.- Orchot Tsadiqim
The best security for old age: respect your children.- Sholem Asch
A Jew can be Jewish with God, against God, but not without God.- Elie Wiesel
He who promotes his own honor at the expense of his neighbor's has no portion in the world to come.- Judah b. Hanina, Genesis Rabbah
Even if all the world tells you, "You are righteous," consider yourself a sinner. - Rabbi Simlai
Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism and falsehood. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.- Abraham Joshua Heschel, "On Prayer"
Lose with truth and right rather than gain with falsehood and wrong.- Maimonides, "Tzavaah"
Seek the good in everyone, and reveal it, bring it forth.- Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1811), "Likutey Moharan"
Just as we love ourselves despite the faults we know we have, so should we love our neighbors despite the faults we see in them.- Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
A man should never impose an overpowering fear upon his household. - Babylonian Talmud, Gittin 6b
If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.- The Talmud
Love unaccompanied by criticism is not love....Peace unaccompanied by reproof is not peace.- Genesis Rabbah 54:3
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Like the book of Leviticus, Numbers contains little 'narrative.' As its English name suggests, it contains several lists- each census of the Israelites. The Hebrew name comes from the first significant word(s): "On the first day of the second month, in the second year following the exodus from the land of Egypt, in the wilderness of Sinai, (bemidbar Sinai)...." The Israelites' journey through the desert concludes, and they get ready to enter the Promised land. There are thirty-six chapters, divided into ten parashiyot.
The parashiyot of Be-Midbar are: Bemidbar, Naso, Be-haalotecha, Shlach Lecha, Korach, Chukat, Balak, Pinchas, Matot, and Masei.
June 23, 2018
Numbers 19:1 - 22:1
Judges 11:1 - 11:33
Triennial [3rd] BaMidbar [Numbers] 20:22-22:1
translation and transliteration [when available] of torah and haftorah portions below. audio for haftorah link below.
Weekly Torah Commentary is also posted on this site.
To learn more about triennial cycles and their history, you are welcome to use this link: http://www.onetorah.org/triennial-rotation.html and see the trichart at
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1 Va-y-da-bei-r A-do-na-y-~ E-l M-she-~ V-e-l A-ha-ro-n Lei-~-mo-r:
2 Zo-~-t Chu-ka-t Ha-t-o-ra-~ A-she-r Tzi-~ A-do-na-y-~ Lei-~-mo-r Da-bei-r E-l B-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l V-yi-k-chu Ei-le-~-cha Fa-ra-~ A-du-ma-~ T-mi-y-ma-~ A-she-r Ei-y-n Ba-~ Mu-m A-she-r Lo-~ A-la-~ A-le-~-ha O-l:
3 U-n-ta-te-m O-ta-~ E-l E-l-a-za-r Ha-ko-hei-n V-h-o-tzi-y-a O-ta-~ E-l Mi-chu-tz La-ma-cha-ne-~ V-sha-cha-t O-ta-~ L-fa-na-~-v:
4 V-la-ka-ch E-l-a-za-r Ha-ko-hei-n Mi-da-ma-~ B-e-tz-ba-o V-hi-za-~ E-l No-cha-ch P-nei-y O-he-l M-o-ei-d Mi-da-ma-~ She-va-a P-a-mi-y-m:
5 V-sa-ra-f E-t Ha-pa-ra-~ L-ei-y-na-~-v E-t O-ra-~ V-e-t B-sa-ra-~ V-e-t Da-ma-~ A-l Pi-r-sha-~ Yi-s-ro-f:
6 V-la-ka-ch Ha-ko-hei-n Ei-tz E-re-z V-ei-z-o-v U-sh-ni-y T-o-la-a-t V-hi-sh-li-y-ch E-l T-o-ch S-rei-fa-t Ha-pa-ra-~:
7 V-chi-be-s B-ga-da-~-v Ha-ko-hei-n V-ra-cha-tz B-sa-r-o Ba-ma-yi-m V-a-cha-r Ya-vo-~ E-l Ha-ma-cha-ne-~ V-ta-mei-~ Ha-ko-hei-n A-d Ha-a-re-v:
8 V-ha-s-rei-f O-ta-~ Y-cha-bei-s B-ga-da-~-v Ba-ma-yi-m V-ra-cha-tz B-sa-r-o Ba-ma-yi-m V-ta-mei-~ A-d Ha-a-re-v:
9 V-a-sa-f I-y-sh Ta-h-o-r Ei-t Ei-fe-r Ha-pa-ra-~ V-hi-ni-y-ach Mi-chu-tz La-ma-cha-ne-~ B-ma-k-o-m Ta-h-o-r V-ha-y-ta-~ La-a-da-t B-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l L-mi-sh-me-re-t L-mei-y Ni-da-~ Cha-ta-~-t Hi-v-a:
10 V-chi-be-s Ha-o-sei-f E-t Ei-fe-r Ha-pa-ra-~ E-t B-ga-da-~-v V-ta-mei-~ A-d Ha-a-re-v V-ha-y-ta-~ Li-v-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l V-la-gei-r Ha-ga-r B-t-o-cha-m L-chu-ka-t O-la-m:
11 Ha-no-gei-a B-mei-t L-cha-l Ne-fe-sh A-da-m V-ta-mei-~ Shi-v-a-t Ya-mi-y-m:
12 Hu-a Yi-t-cha-ta-~ V-o Ba-y-o-m Ha-sh-li-y-shi-y U-va-y-o-m Ha-sh-vi-y-i-y Yi-t-ha-r V-i-m Lo-~ Yi-t-cha-ta-~ Ba-y-o-m Ha-sh-li-y-shi-y U-va-y-o-m Ha-sh-vi-y-i-y Lo-~ Yi-t-ha-r:
13 Ka-l Ha-no-gei-a B-mei-t B-ne-fe-sh Ha-a-da-m A-she-r Ya-mu-t V-lo-~ Yi-t-cha-ta-~ E-t Mi-sh-ka-n A-do-na-y-~ Ti-mei-~ V-ni-ch-r-ta-~ Ha-ne-fe-sh Ha-hi-v-a Mi-yi-s-ra-ei-l Ki-y Mei-y Ni-da-~ Lo-~ Zo-ra-k A-la-~-v Ta-mei-~ Yi-h-ye-~ O-d Tu-m-a-t-o V-o:
14 Zo-~-t Ha-t-o-ra-~ A-da-m Ki-y Ya-mu-t B-o-he-l Ka-l Ha-ba-~ E-l Ha-o-he-l V-cha-l A-she-r Ba-o-he-l Yi-t-ma-~ Shi-v-a-t Ya-mi-y-m:
15 V-cho-l K-li-y Fa-tu-ach A-she-r Ei-y-n Tza-mi-y-d Pa-ti-y-l A-la-~-v Ta-mei-~ Hu-a:
16 V-cho-l A-she-r Yi-ga-a A-l P-nei-y Ha-sa-de-~ Ba-cha-la-l Che-re-v O V-mei-t O V-e-tze-m A-da-m O V-ka-ve-r Yi-t-ma-~ Shi-v-a-t Ya-mi-y-m:
17 V-la-k-chu La-ta-mei-~ Mei-a-fa-r S-rei-fa-t Ha-cha-ta-~-t V-na-ta-n A-la-~-v Ma-yi-m Cha-yi-y-m E-l Ke-li-y:
18 V-la-ka-ch Ei-z-o-v V-ta-va-l Ba-ma-yi-m I-y-sh Ta-h-o-r V-hi-za-~ A-l Ha-o-he-l V-a-l Ka-l Ha-kei-li-y-m V-a-l Ha-n-fa-sh-o-t A-she-r Ha-yu Sha-m V-a-l Ha-no-gei-a Ba-e-tze-m O Ve-cha-la-l O Va-mei-t O Va-ka-ve-r:
19 V-hi-za-~ Ha-ta-ho-r A-l Ha-ta-mei-~ Ba-y-o-m Ha-sh-li-y-shi-y U-va-y-o-m Ha-sh-vi-y-i-y V-chi-t-o Ba-y-o-m Ha-sh-vi-y-i-y V-chi-be-s B-ga-da-~-v V-ra-cha-tz Ba-ma-yi-m V-ta-hei-r Ba-a-re-v:
20 V-i-y-sh A-she-r Yi-t-ma-~ V-lo-~ Yi-t-cha-ta-~ V-ni-ch-r-ta-~ Ha-ne-fe-sh Ha-hi-v-a Mi-t-o-ch Ha-ka-ha-l Ki-y E-t Mi-k-da-sh A-do-na-y-~ Ti-mei-~ Mei-y Ni-da-~ Lo-~ Zo-ra-k A-la-~-v Ta-mei-~ Hu-a:
21 V-ha-y-ta-~ La-he-m L-chu-ka-t O-la-m U-ma-zei-~ Mei-y Ha-ni-da-~ Y-cha-bei-s B-ga-da-~-v V-ha-no-gei-a B-mei-y Ha-ni-da-~ Yi-t-ma-~ A-d Ha-a-re-v:
22 V-cho-l A-she-r Yi-ga-a B-o Ha-ta-mei-~ Yi-t-ma-~ V-ha-ne-fe-sh Ha-no-ga-a-t Ti-t-ma-~ A-d Ha-a-re-v:
1 Va-ya-vo-u V-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l Ka-l Ha-ei-da-~ Mi-d-ba-r Tzi-n Ba-cho-de-sh Ha-ri-a-sh-o-n Va-yei-she-v Ha-a-m B-ka-dei-sh Va-ta-ma-t Sha-m Mi-r-ya-m Va-ti-ka-vei-r Sha-m:
2 V-lo-~ Ha-ya-~ Ma-yi-m La-ei-da-~ Va-yi-ka-ha-lu A-l M-she-~ V-a-l A-ha-ro-n:
3 Va-ya-re-v Ha-a-m I-m M-she-~ Va-yo-~-m-ru Lei-~-mo-r V-lu Ga-va-nu Bi-g-va-a A-chei-y-nu Li-f-nei-y A-do-na-y-~:
4 V-la-ma-~ Ha-vei-~-te-m E-t K-ha-l A-do-na-y-~ E-l Ha-mi-d-ba-r Ha-ze-~ La-mu-t Sha-m A-na-ch-nu U-v-i-y-rei-nu:
5 V-la-ma-~ He-e-li-y-tu-nu Mi-mi-tz-ra-yi-m L-ha-vi-y-a O-ta-nu E-l Ha-ma-k-o-m Ha-ra-a Ha-ze-~ Lo-~ M-k-o-m Ze-ra-a U-t-ei-na-~ V-ge-fe-n V-ri-m-o-n U-ma-yi-m A-yi-n Li-sh-t-o-t:
6 Va-ya-vo-~ M-she-~ V-a-ha-ro-n Mi-p-nei-y Ha-ka-ha-l E-l Pe-ta-ch O-he-l M-o-ei-d Va-yi-p-lu A-l P-nei-y-he-m Va-yei-ra-~ Ch-v-o-d A-do-na-y-~ A-lei-y-he-m:
7 Va-y-da-bei-r A-do-na-y-~ E-l M-she-~ Lei-~-mo-r:
8 Ka-ch E-t Ha-ma-te-~ V-ha-k-hei-l E-t Ha-ei-da-~ A-ta-~ V-a-ha-ro-n A-chi-y-cha V-di-ba-r-te-m E-l Ha-se-la-a L-ei-y-nei-y-he-m V-na-ta-n Mei-y-ma-~-v V-h-o-tzei-~-ta La-he-m Ma-yi-m Mi-n Ha-se-la-a V-hi-sh-ki-y-ta E-t Ha-ei-da-~ V-e-t B-i-y-ra-m:
9T Va-yi-ka-ch M-she-~ E-t Ha-ma-te-~ Mi-li-f-nei-y A-do-na-y-~ Ka-a-she-r Tzi-hu:
10 Va-ya-k-hi-lu M-she-~ V-a-ha-ro-n E-t Ha-ka-ha-l E-l P-nei-y Ha-sa-la-a Va-yo-~-me-r La-he-m Shi-m-u Na-~ Ha-mo-ri-y-m Ha-mi-n Ha-se-la-a Ha-ze-~ N-o-tzi-y-a La-che-m Ma-yi-m:
11 Va-ya-re-m M-she-~ E-t Ya-d-o Va-ya-ch E-t Ha-se-la-a B-ma-tei-hu Pa-a-ma-yi-m Va-yei-tz-u Ma-yi-m Ra-bi-y-m Va-tei-sh-t Ha-ei-da-~ U-v-i-y-ra-m:
12 Va-yo-~-me-r A-do-na-y-~ E-l M-she-~ V-e-l A-ha-ro-n Ya-a-n Lo-~ He-e-ma-n-te-m Bi-y L-ha-k-di-y-shei-ni-y L-ei-y-nei-y B-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l La-chei-n Lo-~ Ta-vi-y-u E-t Ha-ka-ha-l Ha-ze-~ E-l Ha-a-re-tz A-she-r Na-ta-ti-y La-he-m:
13 Hei-ma-~ Mei-y M-ri-y-va-~ A-she-r Ra-vu V-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l E-t A-do-na-y-~ Va-yi-ka-dei-sh Ba-m:
14 Va-yi-sh-la-ch M-she-~ Ma-l-a-chi-y-m Mi-ka-dei-sh E-l Me-le-ch E-d-o-m Ko-~ A-ma-r A-chi-y-cha Yi-s-ra-ei-l A-ta-~ Ya-da-ta Ei-t Ka-l Ha-t-la-a-~ A-she-r M-tza-a-t-nu:
15 Va-yei-r-du A-vo-tei-y-nu Mi-tz-ra-y-ma-~ Va-nei-she-v B-mi-tz-ra-yi-m Ya-mi-y-m Ra-bi-y-m Va-ya-rei-u La-nu Mi-tz-ra-yi-m V-la-a-vo-tei-y-nu:
16 Va-ni-tz-a-k E-l A-do-na-y-~ Va-yi-sh-ma-a Ko-lei-nu Va-yi-sh-la-ch Ma-l-a-ch Va-yo-tzi-ei-nu Mi-mi-tz-ra-yi-m V-hi-nei-~ A-na-ch-nu V-ka-dei-sh I-y-r K-tzei-~ G-vu-le-cha:
17 Na-b-ra-~ Na-~ V-a-r-tze-cha Lo-~ Na-a-vo-r B-sa-de-~ U-v-che-re-m V-lo-~ Ni-sh-te-~ Mei-y V-ei-r De-re-ch Ha-me-le-ch Nei-lei-ch Lo-~ Ni-te-~ Ya-mi-y-n U-s-mo-~-v-l A-d A-she-r Na-a-vo-r G-vu-le-cha:
18 Va-yo-~-me-r Ei-la-~-v E-d-o-m Lo-~ Ta-a-vo-r Bi-y Pe-n Ba-che-re-v Ei-tzei-~ Li-k-ra-~-te-cha:
19 Va-yo-~-m-ru Ei-la-~-v B-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l Ba-m-si-la-~ Na-a-le-~ V-i-m Mei-y-me-~-cha Ni-sh-te-~ A-ni-y U-mi-k-na-y V-na-ta-ti-y Mi-ch-ra-m Ra-k Ei-y-n Da-va-r B-ra-g-la-y E-e-vo-ra-~:
20 Va-yo-~-me-r Lo-~ Ta-a-vo-r Va-yei-tzei-~ E-d-o-m Li-k-ra-~-t-o B-a-m Ka-vei-d U-v-ya-d Cha-za-ka-~:
21 Va-y-ma-ei-n E-d-o-m N-to-n E-t Yi-s-ra-ei-l A-vo-r Bi-g-vu-l-o Va-yei-t Yi-s-ra-ei-l Mei-a-la-~-v:
22 Va-yi-s-u Mi-ka-dei-sh Va-ya-vo-u V-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l Ka-l Ha-ei-da-~ Ho-r Ha-ha-r:
23 Va-yo-~-me-r A-do-na-y-~ E-l M-she-~ V-e-l A-ha-ro-n B-ho-r Ha-ha-r A-l G-vu-l E-re-tz E-d-o-m Lei-~-mo-r:
24 Yei-a-sei-f A-ha-ro-n E-l A-ma-~-v Ki-y Lo-~ Ya-vo-~ E-l Ha-a-re-tz A-she-r Na-ta-ti-y Li-v-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l A-l A-she-r M-ri-y-te-m E-t Pi-y L-mei-y M-ri-y-va-~:
25 Ka-ch E-t A-ha-ro-n V-e-t E-l-a-za-r B-n-o V-ha-a-l O-ta-m Ho-r Ha-ha-r:
26 V-ha-f-shei-t E-t A-ha-ro-n E-t B-ga-da-~-v V-hi-l-ba-sh-ta-m E-t E-l-a-za-r B-n-o V-a-ha-ro-n Yei-a-sei-f U-mei-t Sha-m:
27 Va-ya-a-s M-she-~ Ka-a-she-r Tzi-~ A-do-na-y-~ Va-ya-a-lu E-l Ho-r Ha-ha-r L-ei-y-nei-y Ka-l Ha-ei-da-~:
28 Va-ya-f-shei-t M-she-~ E-t A-ha-ro-n E-t B-ga-da-~-v Va-ya-l-bei-sh O-ta-m E-t E-l-a-za-r B-n-o Va-ya-ma-t A-ha-ro-n Sha-m B-ro-~-sh Ha-ha-r Va-yei-re-d M-she-~ V-e-l-a-za-r Mi-n Ha-ha-r:
29 Va-yi-r-u Ka-l Ha-ei-da-~ Ki-y Ga-va-a A-ha-ro-n Va-yi-v-ku E-t A-ha-ro-n Sh-l-shi-y-m Y-o-m Ko-l Bei-y-t Yi-s-ra-ei-l:
1 Va-yi-sh-ma-a Ha-k-na-a-ni-y Me-le-ch A-ra-d Y-shei-v Ha-ne-ge-v Ki-y Ba-~ Yi-s-ra-ei-l De-re-ch Ha-a-ta-ri-y-m Va-yi-la-che-m B-yi-s-ra-ei-l Va-yi-sh-b Mi-me-nu She-vi-y:
2 Va-yi-da-r Yi-s-ra-ei-l Ne-de-r La-A-do-na-y-~ Va-yo-~-ma-r I-m Na-to-n Ti-tei-n E-t Ha-a-m Ha-ze-~ B-ya-di-y V-ha-cha-ra-m-ti-y E-t A-rei-y-he-m:
3 Va-yi-sh-ma-a A-do-na-y-~ B-k-o-l Yi-s-ra-ei-l Va-yi-tei-n E-t Ha-k-na-a-ni-y Va-ya-cha-rei-m E-t-he-m V-e-t A-rei-y-he-m Va-yi-k-ra-~ Shei-m Ha-ma-k-o-m Cha-r-ma-~:
4 Va-yi-s-u Mei-ho-r Ha-ha-r De-re-ch Ya-m Su-f Li-s-bo-v E-t E-re-tz E-d-o-m Va-ti-k-tza-r Ne-fe-sh Ha-a-m Ba-da-re-ch:
5 Va-y-da-bei-r Ha-a-m Bei-~-lo-hi-y-m U-v-m-she-~ La-ma-~ He-e-li-y-tu-nu Mi-mi-tz-ra-yi-m La-mu-t Ba-mi-d-ba-r Ki-y Ei-y-n Le-che-m V-ei-y-n Ma-yi-m V-na-f-shei-nu Ka-tza-~ Ba-le-che-m Ha-k-lo-kei-l:
6 Va-y-sha-la-ch A-do-na-y-~ Ba-a-m Ei-t Ha-n-cha-shi-y-m Ha-s-ra-fi-y-m Va-y-na-sh-chu E-t Ha-a-m Va-ya-ma-t A-m Ra-v Mi-yi-s-ra-ei-l:
7 Va-ya-vo-~ Ha-a-m E-l M-she-~ Va-yo-~-m-ru Cha-ta-~-nu Ki-y Di-ba-r-nu Va-A-do-na-y-~ Va-va-ch Hi-t-pa-lei-l E-l A-do-na-y-~ V-ya-sei-r Mei-a-lei-y-nu E-t Ha-na-cha-sh Va-yi-t-pa-lei-l M-she-~ B-a-d Ha-a-m:
8 Va-yo-~-me-r A-do-na-y-~ E-l M-she-~ A-sei-~ L-cha Sa-ra-f V-si-y-m O-t-o A-l Nei-s V-ha-ya-~ Ka-l Ha-na-shu-ch V-ra-a-~ O-t-o Va-cha-y:
9 Va-ya-a-s M-she-~ N-cha-sh N-ch-she-t Va-y-si-mei-hu A-l Ha-nei-s V-ha-ya-~ I-m Na-sha-ch Ha-na-cha-sh E-t I-y-sh V-hi-bi-y-t E-l N-cha-sh Ha-n-ch-she-t Va-cha-y:
10 Va-yi-s-u B-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l Va-ya-cha-nu B-o-vo-t:
Chukat 3rd triennial
21:11 Va-yi-s-u Mei-o-vo-t Va-ya-cha-nu B-i-yei-y Ha-a-va-ri-y-m Ba-mi-d-ba-r A-she-r A-l P-nei-y M-o-a-v Mi-mi-z-ra-ch Ha-sha-me-sh:
12 Mi-sha-m Na-sa-u Va-ya-cha-nu B-na-cha-l Za-re-d:
13 Mi-sha-m Na-sa-u Va-ya-cha-nu Mei-ei-ve-r A-r-n-o-n A-she-r Ba-mi-d-ba-r Ha-yo-tzei-~ Mi-g-vu-l Ha-e-mo-ri-y Ki-y A-r-n-o-n G-vu-l M-o-a-v Bei-y-n M-o-a-v U-vei-y-n Ha-e-mo-ri-y:
14 A-l Kei-n Yei-a-ma-r B-sei-fe-r Mi-l-cha-mo-t A-do-na-y-~ E-t Va-hei-v B-su-fa-~ V-e-t Ha-n-cha-li-y-m A-r-n-o-n:
15 V-e-she-d Ha-n-cha-li-y-m A-she-r Na-ta-~ L-she-ve-t A-r V-ni-sh-a-n Li-g-vu-l M-o-a-v:
16 U-mi-sha-m B-ei-ra-~ Hi-v-a Ha-b-ei-r A-she-r A-ma-r A-do-na-y-~ L-m-she-~ E-so-f E-t Ha-a-m V-e-t-na-~ La-he-m Ma-yi-m:
17 A-z Ya-shi-y-r Yi-s-ra-ei-l E-t Ha-shi-y-ra-~ Ha-zo-~-t A-li-y V-ei-r E-nu La-~:
18 B-ei-r Cha-fa-ru-ha Sa-ri-y-m Ka-ru-ha N-di-y-vei-y Ha-a-m Bi-m-cho-kei-k B-mi-sh-a-no-ta-m U-mi-mi-d-ba-r Ma-ta-na-~:
19 U-mi-ma-ta-na-~ Na-cha-li-y-ei-l U-mi-na-cha-li-y-ei-l Ba-m-o-t:
20 U-mi-ba-m-o-t Ha-ga-y-~ A-she-r Bi-s-dei-~ M-o-a-v Ro-~-sh Ha-pi-s-ga-~ V-ni-sh-ka-fa-~ A-l P-nei-y Ha-y-shi-y-mo-n:
21 Va-yi-sh-la-ch Yi-s-ra-ei-l Ma-l-a-chi-y-m E-l Si-y-cho-n Me-le-ch Ha-e-mo-ri-y Lei-~-mo-r:
22 E-b-ra-~ V-a-r-tze-cha Lo-~ Ni-te-~ B-sa-de-~ U-v-che-re-m Lo-~ Ni-sh-te-~ Mei-y V-ei-r B-de-re-ch Ha-me-le-ch Nei-lei-ch A-d A-she-r Na-a-vo-r G-vu-le-cha:
23 V-lo-~ Na-ta-n Si-y-cho-n E-t Yi-s-ra-ei-l A-vo-r Bi-g-vu-l-o Va-ye-e-so-f Si-y-cho-n E-t Ka-l A-m-o Va-yei-tzei-~ Li-k-ra-~-t Yi-s-ra-ei-l Ha-mi-d-ba-ra-~ Va-ya-vo-~ Ya-h-tza-~ Va-yi-la-che-m B-yi-s-ra-ei-l:
24 Va-ya-kei-hu Yi-s-ra-ei-l L-fi-y Cha-re-v Va-yi-y-ra-sh E-t A-r-tz-o Mei-a-r-no-n A-d Ya-bo-k A-d B-nei-y A-m-o-n Ki-y A-z G-vu-l B-nei-y A-m-o-n:
25 Va-yi-ka-ch Yi-s-ra-ei-l Ei-t Ka-l He-a-ri-y-m Ha-ei-le-~ Va-yei-she-v Yi-s-ra-ei-l B-cha-l A-rei-y Ha-e-mo-ri-y B-che-sh-b-o-n U-v-cha-l B-no-te-~-ha:
26 Ki-y Che-sh-b-o-n I-y-r Si-y-cho-n Me-le-ch Ha-e-mo-ri-y Hi-v-a V-hu-a Ni-l-cha-m B-me-le-ch M-o-a-v Ha-ri-a-sh-o-n Va-yi-ka-ch E-t Ka-l A-r-tz-o Mi-ya-d-o A-d A-r-no-n:
27 A-l Kei-n Yo-~-m-ru Ha-m-sh-li-y-m Bo-u Che-sh-b-o-n Ti-ba-ne-~ V-ti-k-o-nei-n I-y-r Si-y-ch-o-n:
28 Ki-y Ei-sh Ya-tz-a-~ Mei-che-sh-b-o-n Le-ha-va-~ Mi-ki-r-ya-t Si-y-cho-n A-ch-la-~ A-r M-o-a-v Ba-a-lei-y Ba-m-o-t A-r-no-n:
29 O-y L-cha M-o-a-v A-va-d-ta A-m K-m-o-sh Na-ta-n Ba-na-~-v P-lei-y-ti-m U-v-no-ta-~-v Ba-sh-vi-y-t L-me-le-ch E-mo-ri-y Si-y-ch-o-n:
30 Va-ni-y-ra-m A-va-d Che-sh-b-o-n A-d Di-y-vo-n Va-na-shi-y-m A-d No-fa-ch A-she-r A-d Mei-y-d-va-~:
31 Va-yei-she-v Yi-s-ra-ei-l B-e-re-tz Ha-e-mo-ri-y:
32 Va-yi-sh-la-ch M-she-~ L-ra-gei-l E-t Ya-zei-r Va-yi-l-k-du B-no-te-~-ha Va-yo-y-re-sh Va-y-o-re-sh E-t Ha-e-mo-ri-y A-she-r Sha-m:
33 Va-yi-f-nu Va-ya-a-lu De-re-ch Ha-ba-sha-n Va-yei-tzei-~ O-g Me-le-ch Ha-ba-sha-n Li-k-ra-~-ta-m Hu-a V-cha-l A-m-o La-mi-l-cha-ma-~ E-d-re-i-y:
34 Va-yo-~-me-r A-do-na-y-~ E-l M-she-~ A-l Ti-y-ra-~ O-t-o Ki-y V-ya-d-cha Na-ta-ti-y O-t-o V-e-t Ka-l A-m-o V-e-t A-r-tz-o V-a-si-y-ta L-o Ka-a-she-r A-si-y-ta L-si-y-cho-n Me-le-ch Ha-e-mo-ri-y A-she-r Y-o-shei-v B-che-sh-b-o-n:
35 Va-ya-ku O-t-o V-e-t Ba-na-~-v V-e-t Ka-l A-m-o A-d Bi-l-ti-y Hi-sh-i-y-r L-o Sa-ri-y-d Va-yi-y-r-shu E-t A-r-tz-o:
22:1 Va-yi-s-u B-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l Va-ya-cha-nu B-a-r-v-o-t M-o-a-v Mei-ei-ve-r L-ya-r-dei-n Y-rei-ch-o:
Numbers 19:1 - 22:1
1 ¶ And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying:
2 This is the statute of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying:
Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer,
faultless, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke.
3 And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, and she shall be brought
forth without the camp, and she shall be slain before his face.
4 And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and
sprinkle of her blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times.
5 And the heifer shall be burnt in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and
her blood, with her dung, shall be burnt.
6 And the priest shall take cedar-wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast
it into the midst of the burning of the heifer.
7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in
water, and afterward he may come into the camp, and the priest shall be
unclean until the even.
8 And he that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his
flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.
9 And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay
them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the
congregation of the children of Israel for a water of sprinkling; it is a
purification from sin.
10 And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes,
and be unclean until the even; and it shall be unto the children of Israel,
and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.
11 ¶ He that toucheth the dead, even any man's dead body, shall be unclean
12 the same shall purify himself therewith on the third day and on the
seventh day, and he shall be clean; but if he purify not himself the third
day and the seventh day, he shall not be clean.
13 Whosoever toucheth the dead, even the body of any man that is dead, and
purifieth not himself--he hath defiled the tabernacle of the LORD--that
soul shall be cut off from Israel; because the water of sprinkling was not
dashed against him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him.
14 This is the law: when a man dieth in a tent, every one that cometh into
the tent, and every thing that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days.
15 And every open vessel, which hath no covering close-bound upon it, is
16 And whosoever in the open field toucheth one that is slain with a sword,
or one that dieth of himself, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be
unclean seven days.
17 And for the unclean they shall take of the ashes of the burning of the
purification from sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel.
18 And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and
sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons
that were there, and upon him that touched the bone, or the slain, or the
dead, or the grave.
19 And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day,
and on the seventh day; and on the seventh day he shall purify him; and he
shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at
20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that
soul shall be cut off from the midst of the assembly, because he hath
defiled the sanctuary of the LORD; the water of sprinkling hath not been
dashed against him: he is unclean.
21 And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them; and he that sprinkleth
the water of sprinkling shall wash his clothes; and he that toucheth the
water of sprinkling shall be unclean until even.
22 And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the
soul that toucheth him shall be unclean until even.
1 ¶ And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, came into the
wilderness of Zin in the first month; and the people abode in Kadesh; and
Miriam died there, and was buried there.
2 And there was no water for the congregation; and they assembled
themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.
3 And the people strove with Moses, and spoke, saying: 'Would that we had
perished when our brethren perished before the LORD!
4 And why have ye brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, to
die there, we and our cattle?
5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in
unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or
of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.'
6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door
of the tent of meeting, and fell upon their faces; and the glory of the
LORD appeared unto them.
7 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
8 'Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, thou, and Aaron thy
brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes, that it give forth
its water; and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock; so
thou shalt give the congregation and their cattle drink.'
9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as He commanded him.
10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and
he said unto them: 'Hear now, ye rebels; are we to bring you forth water
out of this rock?'
11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and smote the rock with his rod twice; and
water came forth abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their cattle.
12 And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron: 'Because ye believed not in Me,
to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall
not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.'
13 These are the waters of Meribah, where the children of Israel strove
with the LORD, and He was sanctified in them.
14 ¶ And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom: 'Thus
saith thy brother Israel: Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen
15 how our fathers went down into Egypt, and we dwelt in Egypt a long time;
and the Egyptians dealt ill with us, and our fathers;
16 and when we cried unto the LORD, He heard our voice, and sent an angel,
and brought us forth out of Egypt; and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in
the uttermost of thy border.
17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy land; we will not pass through
field or through vineyard, neither will we drink of the water of the wells;
we will go along the king's highway, we will not turn aside to the right
hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy border.'
18 And Edom said unto him: 'Thou shalt not pass through me, lest I come out
with the sword against thee.'
19 And the children of Israel said unto him: 'We will go up by the highway;
and if we drink of thy water, I and my cattle, then will I give the price
thereof; let me only pass through on my feet; there is no hurt.'
20 And he said: 'Thou shalt not pass through.' And Edom came out against
him with much people, and with a strong hand.
21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border; wherefore
Israel turned away from him.
22 ¶ And they journeyed from Kadesh; and the children of Israel, even the
whole congregation, came unto mount Hor.
23 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the border of
the land of Edom, saying:
24 'Aaron shall be gathered unto his people; for he shall not enter into
the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye
rebelled against My word at the waters of Meribah.
25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor.
26 And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and
Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.'
27 And Moses did as the LORD commanded; and they went up into mount Hor in
the sight of all the congregation.
28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his
son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount; and Moses and Eleazar
came down from the mount.
29 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they wept for
Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.
1 ¶ And the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who dwelt in the South, heard tell
that Israel came by the way of Atharim; and he fought against Israel, and
took some of them captive.
2 And Israel vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said: 'If Thou wilt indeed
deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.'
3 And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the
Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities; and the name
of the place was called Hormah.
4 ¶ And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way to the Red Sea, to compass
the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became impatient because of
5 And the people spoke against God, and against Moses: 'Wherefore have ye
brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread,
and there is no water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.'
6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the
people; and much people of Israel died.
7 And the people came to Moses, and said: 'We have sinned, because we have
spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that He take
away the serpents from us.' And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon
a pole; and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he
seeth it, shall live.'
9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and set it upon the pole; and it came
to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked unto the
serpent of brass, he lived.
10 ¶ And the children of Israel journeyed, and pitched in Oboth.
11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at Ije-abarim, in the
wilderness which is in front of Moab, toward the sun-rising.
12 From thence they journeyed, and pitched in the valley of Zered.
13 From thence they journeyed, and pitched on the other side of the Arnon,
which is in the wilderness, that cometh out of the border of the Amorites.
--For Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites;
14 wherefore it is said in the book of the Wars of the LORD: Vaheb in
Suphah, and the valleys of Arnon,
15 And the slope of the valleys that inclineth toward the seat of Ar, and
leaneth upon the border of Moab.-16 And from thence to Beer; that is the
well whereof the LORD said unto Moses: 'Gather the people together, and I
will give them water.'
17 Then sang Israel this song: Spring up, O well--sing ye unto it-18 The
well, which the princes digged, which the nobles of the people delved, with
the sceptre, and with their staves. And from the wilderness to Mattanah;
19 and from Mattanah to Nahaliel; and from Nahaliel to Bamoth;
20 and from Bamoth to the valley that is in the field of Moab, by the top
of Pisgah, which looketh down upon the desert.
21 ¶ And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying:
22 'Let me pass through thy land; we will not turn aside into field, or
into vineyard; we will not drink of the water of the wells; we will go by
the king's highway, until we have passed thy border.'
23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border; but Sihon
gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the
wilderness, and came to Jahaz; and he fought against Israel.
24 And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land
from the Arnon unto the Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon; for the
border of the children of Ammon was strong.
25 And Israel took all these cities; and Israel dwelt in all the cities of
the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the towns thereof.
26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had
fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his
hand, even unto the Arnon.
27 Wherefore they that speak in parables say: Come ye to Heshbon! let the
city of Sihon be built and established!
28 For a fire is gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon; it
hath devoured Ar of Moab, the lords of the high places of Arnon.
29 Woe to thee, Moab! thou art undone, O people of Chemosh; he hath given
his sons as fugitives, and his daughters into captivity, unto Sihon king of
30 We have shot at them--Heshbon is perished--even unto Dibon, and we have
laid waste even unto Nophah, which reacheth unto Medeba.
31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.
32 And Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they took the towns thereof, and
drove out the Amorites that were there.
33 And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan; and Og the king of
Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
34 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Fear him not; for I have delivered him
into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him
as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.'
35 So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was
none left him remaining; and they possessed his land.
1 ¶ And the children of Israel journeyed, and pitched in the plains of Moab
beyond the Jordan at Jericho.
Haftorah Hebrew text with audio and blessings before and after at:
translation after transliteration when available depending on tradition:
Judges 11: 1-33, Chukat Haftorah
1 V-yi-f-ta-ch Ha-gi-l-a-di-y Ha-ya-~ Gi-b-o-r Cha-yi-l V-hu-a Be-n I-sha-~ Z-o-na-~ Va-y-o-le-d Gi-l-a-d E-t Yi-f-ta-ch:
2 Va-tei-le-d Ei-she-t Gi-l-a-d L-o Ba-ni-y-m Va-yi-g-d-lu V-nei-y Ha-i-sha-~ Va-y-ga-r-shu E-t Yi-f-ta-ch Va-yo-~-m-ru L-o Lo-~ Ti-n-cha-l B-vei-y-t A-vi-y-nu Ki-y Be-n I-sha-~ A-che-re-t A-ta-~:
3 Va-yi-v-ra-ch Yi-f-ta-ch Mi-p-nei-y E-cha-~-v Va-yei-she-v B-e-re-tz T-o-v Va-yi-t-la-k-tu E-l Yi-f-ta-ch A-na-shi-y-m Rei-y-ki-y-m Va-yei-tz-u I-m-o:
4 Va-y-hi-y Mi-ya-mi-y-m Va-yi-la-cha-mu V-nei-y A-m-o-n I-m Yi-s-ra-ei-l:
5 Va-y-hi-y Ka-a-she-r Ni-l-cha-mu V-nei-y A-m-o-n I-m Yi-s-ra-ei-l Va-yei-l-chu Zi-k-nei-y Gi-l-a-d La-ka-cha-t E-t Yi-f-ta-ch Mei-e-re-tz T-o-v:
6 Va-yo-~-m-ru L-yi-f-ta-ch L-cha-~ V-ha-yi-y-ta-~ La-nu L-ka-tzi-y-n V-ni-la-cha-ma-~ Bi-v-nei-y A-m-o-n:
7 Va-yo-~-me-r Yi-f-ta-ch L-zi-k-nei-y Gi-l-a-d Ha-lo-~ A-te-m Sh-nei-~-te-m O-ti-y Va-t-ga-r-shu-ni-y Mi-bei-y-t A-vi-y U-ma-du-a Ba-~-te-m Ei-la-y A-ta-~ Ka-a-she-r Tza-r La-che-m:
8 Va-yo-~-m-ru Zi-k-nei-y Gi-l-a-d E-l Yi-f-ta-ch La-chei-n A-ta-~ Sha-v-nu Ei-le-~-cha V-ha-la-ch-ta I-ma-nu V-ni-l-cha-m-ta Bi-v-nei-y A-m-o-n V-ha-yi-y-ta La-nu L-ro-~-sh L-cho-l Yo-sh-vei-y Gi-l-a-d:
9 Va-yo-~-me-r Yi-f-ta-ch E-l Zi-k-nei-y Gi-l-a-d I-m M-shi-y-vi-y-m A-te-m O-ti-y L-hi-la-chei-m Bi-v-nei-y A-m-o-n V-na-ta-n A-do-na-y-~ O-ta-m L-fa-na-y A-no-chi-y E-h-ye-~ La-che-m L-ro-~-sh:
10 Va-yo-~-m-ru Zi-k-nei-y Gi-l-a-d E-l Yi-f-ta-ch A-do-na-y-~ Yi-h-ye-~ Sho-mei-a Bei-y-n-o-tei-y-nu I-m Lo-~ Chi-d-va-r-cha Kei-n Na-a-se-~:
11 Va-yei-le-ch Yi-f-ta-ch I-m Zi-k-nei-y Gi-l-a-d Va-ya-si-y-mu Ha-a-m O-t-o A-lei-y-he-m L-ro-~-sh U-l-ka-tzi-y-n Va-y-da-bei-r Yi-f-ta-ch E-t Ka-l D-va-ra-~-v Li-f-nei-y A-do-na-y-~ Ba-mi-tz-pa-~:
12 Va-yi-sh-la-ch Yi-f-ta-ch Ma-l-a-chi-y-m E-l Me-le-ch B-nei-y A-m-o-n Lei-~-mo-r Ma-~ Li-y Va-la-ch Ki-y Va-~-ta Ei-la-y L-hi-la-chei-m B-a-r-tzi-y:
13 Va-yo-~-me-r Me-le-ch B-nei-y A-m-o-n E-l Ma-l-a-chei-y Yi-f-ta-ch Ki-y La-ka-ch Yi-s-ra-ei-l E-t A-r-tzi-y Ba-a-l-o-t-o Mi-mi-tz-ra-yi-m Mei-a-r-n-o-n V-a-d Ha-ya-bo-k V-a-d Ha-ya-r-dei-n V-a-ta-~ Ha-shi-y-va-~ E-t-he-n B-sha-l-o-m:
14 Va-y-o-se-f O-d Yi-f-ta-ch Va-yi-sh-la-ch Ma-l-a-chi-y-m E-l Me-le-ch B-nei-y A-m-o-n:
15 Va-yo-~-me-r L-o Ko-~ A-ma-r Yi-f-ta-ch Lo-~ La-ka-ch Yi-s-ra-ei-l E-t E-re-tz M-o-a-v V-e-t E-re-tz B-nei-y A-m-o-n:
16 Ki-y Ba-a-l-o-ta-m Mi-mi-tz-ra-yi-m Va-yei-le-ch Yi-s-ra-ei-l Ba-mi-d-ba-r A-d Ya-m Su-f Va-ya-vo-~ Ka-dei-sha-~:
17 Va-yi-sh-la-ch Yi-s-ra-ei-l Ma-l-a-chi-y-m E-l Me-le-ch E-d-o-m Lei-~-mo-r E-b-ra-~ Na-~ V-a-r-tze-cha V-lo-~ Sha-ma-a Me-le-ch E-d-o-m V-ga-m E-l Me-le-ch M-o-a-v Sha-la-ch V-lo-~ A-va-~ Va-yei-she-v Yi-s-ra-ei-l B-ka-dei-sh:
18 Va-yei-le-ch Ba-mi-d-ba-r Va-ya-sa-v E-t E-re-tz E-d-o-m V-e-t E-re-tz M-o-a-v Va-ya-vo-~ Mi-mi-z-ra-ch She-me-sh L-e-re-tz M-o-a-v Va-ya-cha-nu-n B-ei-ve-r A-r-n-o-n V-lo-~ Va-u Bi-g-vu-l M-o-a-v Ki-y A-r-n-o-n G-vu-l M-o-a-v:
19 Va-yi-sh-la-ch Yi-s-ra-ei-l Ma-l-a-chi-y-m E-l Si-y-ch-o-n Me-le-ch Ha-e-mo-ri-y Me-le-ch Che-sh-b-o-n Va-yo-~-me-r L-o Yi-s-ra-ei-l Na-b-ra-~ Na-~ V-a-r-tz-cha A-d M-k-o-mi-y:
20 V-lo-~ He-e-mi-y-n Si-y-ch-o-n E-t Yi-s-ra-ei-l A-vo-r Bi-g-vu-l-o Va-ye-e-so-f Si-y-ch-o-n E-t Ka-l A-m-o Va-ya-cha-nu B-ya-h-tza-~ Va-yi-la-che-m I-m Yi-s-ra-ei-l:
21 Va-yi-tei-n A-do-na-y-~ E-lo-hei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l E-t Si-y-ch-o-n V-e-t Ka-l A-m-o B-ya-d Yi-s-ra-ei-l Va-ya-ku-m Va-yi-y-ra-sh Yi-s-ra-ei-l Ei-t Ka-l E-re-tz Ha-e-mo-ri-y Y-o-shei-v Ha-a-re-tz Ha-hi-y-a:
22 Va-yi-y-r-shu Ei-t Ka-l G-vu-l Ha-e-mo-ri-y Mei-a-r-n-o-n V-a-d Ha-ya-bo-k U-mi-n Ha-mi-d-ba-r V-a-d Ha-ya-r-dei-n:
23 V-a-ta-~ A-do-na-y-~ E-lo-hei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l H-o-ri-y-sh E-t Ha-e-mo-ri-y Mi-p-nei-y A-m-o Yi-s-ra-ei-l V-a-ta-~ Ti-y-ra-she-nu:
24 Ha-lo-~ Ei-t A-she-r Y-o-ri-yo-sh-cha K-m-o-sh E-lo-he-~-cha O-t-o Ti-y-ra-sh V-ei-t Ka-l A-she-r H-o-ri-y-sh A-do-na-y-~ E-lo-hei-y-nu Mi-pa-nei-y-nu O-t-o Ni-y-ra-sh:
25 V-a-ta-~ Ha-t-o-v T-o-v A-ta-~ Mi-ba-la-k Be-n Tzi-p-o-r Me-le-ch M-o-a-v Ha-ro-v Ra-v I-m Yi-s-ra-ei-l I-m Ni-l-cho-m Ni-l-cha-m Ba-m:
26 B-she-ve-t Yi-s-ra-ei-l B-che-sh-b-o-n U-vi-v-n-o-te-~-ha U-v-a-r-o-r U-vi-v-n-o-te-~-ha U-v-cha-l He-a-ri-y-m A-she-r A-l Y-dei-y A-r-n-o-n Sh-l-sh Mei-o-t Sha-na-~ U-ma-du-a Lo-~ Hi-tza-l-te-m Ba-ei-t Ha-hi-y-a:
27 V-a-no-chi-y Lo-~ Cha-ta-~-ti-y La-ch V-a-ta-~ O-se-~ I-ti-y Ra-a-~ L-hi-la-che-m Bi-y Yi-sh-po-t A-do-na-y-~ Ha-sho-fei-t Ha-y-o-m Bei-y-n B-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l U-vei-y-n B-nei-y A-m-o-n:
28 V-lo-~ Sha-ma-a Me-le-ch B-nei-y A-m-o-n E-l Di-v-rei-y Yi-f-ta-ch A-she-r Sha-la-ch Ei-la-~-v:
29 Va-t-hi-y A-l Yi-f-ta-ch Ru-ach A-do-na-y-~ Va-ya-a-vo-r E-t Ha-gi-l-a-d V-e-t M-na-she-~ Va-ya-a-vo-r E-t Mi-tz-pei-~ Gi-l-a-d U-mi-mi-tz-pei-~ Gi-l-a-d A-va-r B-nei-y A-m-o-n:
30 Va-yi-da-r Yi-f-ta-ch Ne-de-r La-A-do-na-y-~ Va-yo-~-ma-r I-m Na-t-o-n Ti-tei-n E-t B-nei-y A-m-o-n B-ya-di-y:
31 V-ha-ya-~ Ha-y-o-tzei-~ A-she-r Yei-tzei-~ Mi-da-l-tei-y Vei-y-ti-y Li-k-ra-~-ti-y B-shu-vi-y V-sha-l-o-m Mi-b-nei-y A-m-o-n V-ha-ya-~ La-A-do-na-y-~ V-ha-a-li-y-ti-hu O-la-~:
32 Va-ya-a-vo-r Yi-f-ta-ch E-l B-nei-y A-m-o-n L-hi-la-che-m Ba-m Va-yi-t-nei-m A-do-na-y-~ B-ya-d-o:
33 Va-ya-kei-m Mei-a-r-o-ei-r V-a-d B-o-a-cha Mi-ni-y-t E-s-ri-y-m I-y-r V-a-d A-vei-l K-ra-mi-y-m Ma-ka-~ G-d-o-la-~ M-o-d Va-yi-ka-n-u B-nei-y A-m-o-n Mi-p-nei-y B-nei-y Yi-s-ra-ei-l:
How are we to take this chapter of Judges when we know that human and child sacrifice is forbidden? Some sages say that the daughter was only locked away to never have children and hence the later teaching that to be barren is as if dead. Still, what should we really believe?
1 ¶ Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the
son of a harlot; and Gilead begot Jephthah.
2 And Gilead's wife bore him sons; and when his wife's sons grew up, they
drove out Jephthah, and said unto him: 'Thou shalt not inherit in our
father's house; for thou art the son of another woman.'
3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob; and
there were gathered vain fellows to Jephthah, and they went out with him.
4 ¶ And it came to pass after a while, that the children of Ammon made war
5 And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel,
the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob.
6 And they said unto Jephthah: 'Come and be our chief, that we may fight
with the children of Ammon.'
7 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead: 'Did not ye hate me, and
drive me out of my father's house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye
are in distress?'
8 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah: 'Therefore are we returned
to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight with the children of
Ammon, and thou shalt be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.'
9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead: 'If ye bring me back home to
fight with the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me, I
will be your head.'
10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah: 'The LORD shall be witness
between us; surely according to thy word so will we do.'
11 Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him
head and chief over them; and Jephthah spoke all his words before the LORD
12 ¶ And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon,
saying: 'What hast thou to do with me, that thou art come unto me to fight
against my land?'
13 And the king of the children of Ammon answered unto the messengers of
Jephthah: 'Because Israel took away my land, when he came up out of Egypt,
from the Arnon even unto the Jabbok, and unto the Jordan; now therefore
restore those cities peaceably.'
14 And Jephthah sent messengers again unto the king of the children of Ammon;
15 and he said unto him: 'Thus saith Jephthah: Israel took not away the
land of Moab, nor the land of the children of Ammon.
16 But when they came up from Egypt, and Israel walked through the
wilderness unto the Red Sea, and came to Kadesh;
17 then Israel sent messengers unto the king of Edom, saying: Let me, I
pray thee, pass through thy land; but the king of Edom hearkened not. And
in like manner he sent unto the king of Moab; but he would not; and Israel
abode in Kadesh.
18 Then he walked through the wilderness, and compassed the land of Edom,
and the land of Moab, and came by the east side of the land of Moab, and
they pitched on the other side of the Arnon; but they came not within the
border of Moab, for the Arnon was the border of Moab.
19 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, the king of
Heshbon; and Israel said unto him: Let us pass, we pray thee, through thy
land unto my place.
20 But Sihon trusted not Israel to pass through his border; but Sihon
gathered all his people together, and pitched in Jahaz, and fought against
21 And the LORD, the God of Israel, delivered Sihon and all his people into
the hand of Israel, and they smote them; so Israel possessed all the land
of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.
22 And they possessed all the border of the Amorites, from the Arnon even
unto the Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto the Jordan.
23 So now the LORD, the God of Israel, hath dispossessed the Amorites from
before His people Israel, and shouldest thou possess them?
24 Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess?
So whomsoever the LORD our God hath dispossessed from before us, them will
25 And now art thou any thing better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of
Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them?
26 While Israel dwelt in Heshbon and its towns, and in Aroer and its towns,
and in all the cities that are along by the side of the Arnon, three
hundred years; wherefore did ye not recover them within that time?
27 I therefore have not sinned against thee, but thou doest me wrong to war
against me; the LORD, the Judge, be judge this day between the children of
Israel and the children of Ammon.'
28 Howbeit the king of the children of Ammon hearkened not unto the words
of Jephthah which he sent him.
29 ¶ Then the spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed over
Gilead and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of
Gilead he passed over unto the children of Ammon.
30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said: 'If Thou wilt indeed
deliver the children of Ammon into my hand,
31 then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house
to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, it shall be
the LORD'S, and I will offer it up for a burnt-offering.'
32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight against
them; and the LORD delivered them into his hand.
33 And he smote them from Aroer until thou come to Minnith, even twenty
cities, and unto Abel-cheramim, with a very great slaughter. So the
children of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.
END OF HAFTARA
(continuation of the chapter)
34 And Jephthah came to Mizpah unto his house, and, behold, his daughter
came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances; and she was his only
child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.
35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and
said: 'Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art
become my troubler; for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot
36 And she said unto him: 'My father, thou hast opened thy mouth unto the
LORD; do unto me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth;
forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even
of the children of Ammon.'
37 And she said unto her father: 'Let this thing be done for me: let me
alone two months, that I may depart and go down upon the mountains, and
bewail my virginity, I and my companions.'
38 And he said: 'Go.' And he sent her away for two months; and she
departed, she and her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the
39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her
father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed; and she
had not known man. And it was a custom in Israel,
40 that the daughters of Israel went yearly to lament the daughter of
Jephthah the Gileadite four days in a year.
JPS translation 1917 or before