Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Summary of The Haftorah:

Haftorah Vayechi
M'lochim I 2:1

The Talmud in Bava Matzia 87a tells us that Yakov Avinu [our father] was the first person to "get weak" prior to dying. In fact, he asked Hashem for this "gift" so that he would have the time to put his affairs in order. This week's Haftorah is from Kings I Chap. 2 which relates Dovid Hamelech's final instructions to Shlomo prior to his death. Just as Yakov arranged his final affairs with his children, so too Dovid finalized his personal affairs with his son.

Dovid's unfinished business dealt with situations of personal loyalty and treachery. In order for the succession of the throne to be secure and peaceful, Dovid identifies two key individuals who had betrayed him during his 40 years as King - King David's General, Yoav ben Tzeruah, and Shlomo's own Rebi, the great scholar Shimi ben Gera. In addition, he set apart the family of Barzillai the Gileadite for special royal consideration and reward.

Dovid Hamelech was not interested in revenge. Dovid, the father of Mashiach, was not consumed with anger. Dovid, the sensitive poet and magnificent singer, was interested in justice and the future well being of his nation. It was essential that he teach the young Shlomo the meaning of strong leadership and how to care for a problem, before it becomes a crisis.

Undoubtedly, it would have been easy for Dovid Hamelech to forgive those who had betrayed him, especially at the very end of his life; but that isn't the quality of leadership, which brings eventual redemption, and the building of the Bais Hamikdash. As the King, Dovid and Shlomo had to be devoted to Hashem's Torah, social justice, and the eternity of the nation.


View all Haftorah Summaries

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


Haftorah Summary by Rabbi Aron Tendler


 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

Leah's Eyes
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Non Negotiable Part II
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

The Inns and Outs of Galus
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

ArtScroll

Every Last Drop
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

Chanukah, Chutzpah, and Coming Close to G-d
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

"Now I Have Someone To Blame" That's Just The Beginning
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

> Heavenly Protection
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Time Study
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5766

Influences
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Basic Concepts and Laws
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Light From Darkness, Take Two
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

The Hasmoneans Take a Stand: A History of Chanukah, Part II
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Bread Is for Eating
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

See What Will Be
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Rachel's Sacrifice
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

G-d Willing!
Shlomo Katz - 5762



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