Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Summary of The Haftorah:

Haftorah Tazria
II Kings 4:42 - 5:19

This week's Haftorah takes place during the era when Elisha, the student of Eliyahu, was the primary Navi. The Haftorah begins with the miracle of Elisha feeding 100 men with 20 loaves of bread and grain.

The main story of the Haftorah involves Naaman, the commander-in-chief of the forces of Aram. Aram was the dominant power in the area, and Israel was subject to their control. Naaman had contracted leprosy for which his physicians were unable to offer a cure.

A younger maidservant, who had been taken captive in a raid on Israel, suggested that Naaman go see Elisha the Prophet for a cure. The king of Aram composed a letter of introduction to Yehorum the king of Israel, who upon hearing Naaman's request that he be cured of leprosy rent his garments in misery over the seemingly impossible request. Elisha, upon hearing about the request and the king's reaction, criticized Yehorum and said, "send him to me."

When Naaman arrived at Elishas home, Elisha didn't even greet him. He sent a message to Naaman to bathe in the Yarden (Jordan) seven times and he would be healed. Naaman was at first angered over Elisha's conduct and seemingly ridiculous prescription, but was then convinced to do as Elisha had said. Upon emerging from the Yarden his skin had regained a much more youthful appearance than it had been before the leprosy.

Naaman offered Elisha great wealth, but Elisha refused. Naaman accepted the truth of G-d's divinity and promised to serve only G-d in the future.

The relationship to Tazria is the topic of Naaman's Tzaras and the clear massage that it is truly a divine affliction, rather than a mere skin infection.


View all Haftorah Summaries

Subscribe to Haftorah-Summary and receive this weekly class via e-mail.


Haftorah Summary by Rabbi Aron Tendler


 

ARTICLES ON KI SAVO AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Respect for the Dead
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

First Impressions
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

The Time Is Now
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Ball is in Our Court
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Plotting Our Course for the Coming Year
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5761

Spiritual Climates
Shlomo Katz - 5773

ArtScroll

Rabbi Frand on Rosh HaShana
- 5769

Fruit of Our Labor
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

The Joy of Mitzvah Observance
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Encouraging News Before Rosh Hashana
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

First in the Mind!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Tithes - Key to Riches of All Sorts
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

> The Sounds of the Shofar
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

First Fruits
Shlomo Katz - 5763

Diving Deep
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5763

Poor Beginning, Wealthy End
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information